The Emmys are just around the corner (airing Sunday 22nd from 5pm), and with that comes our predictions for who’s going to win, in the big categories, anyway. As usual, this will start off as a reasonably refined critique of actors, TV shows, and awards shows in general and will, I warn you, turn into a raging torrent of abuse directed towards actors, TV shows, and awards shows in general.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
If the Academy feel bad that poor Jon Hamm hasn’t picked up a gong yet for his fantastic Don Draper despite being nominated 6 times in a row, it could definitely sway his way. But most likely it will go to Bryan Cranston, who hands-down deserves it again for his fantastic turn as the meth-maker you love to hate, Walter White. Kevin Spacey is a dark horse in this category, too, as the fact that House of Cards got nominated for anything at all has shaken up the Emmys to no end.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
If Claire Danes wins for the horrendously awful 2nd season of Homeland, there is no god. It’s possible that she will, though. So there you go. If there is a god, it will go to Kerry Washington, who deserves this one beyond everyone else. Even if part of me wants to see Elisabeth Moss win it, too.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
There could be some sympathy votes for Mandy Patinkin for the nomination snub last year. He doesn’t deserve it, though. Aaron Paul or Jonathan Banks deserve to walk away with this one. I’d like to see Jonathan Banks pick it up, though. As he hasn’t won before, and it’s the last time he could do for Breaking Bad, so it’d be nice to end the show having recognised his wonderful turn as Mike.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emelia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
It’s easy to say who deserves this. And that’s Anna Gunn. It’s also easy to say that Maggie Smith could also nab it, because it’s Maggie Smith after all.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
If Homeland wins, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. MOAR AWARDS FOR BREAKING BAD, PLZ.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Alec Baldwin will probably win, as it’s 30 Rock‘s last year, and the Academy hasn’t given it quite enough awards yet. If anyone on here deserves to win, though, it’s Louis CK. The man is a genius, and basically makes the show single-handedly. And, seriously, why is Jason Bateman even nominated? Arrested Development was beyond awful. The single most disappointing thing I’ve been witness to all year. But not even that, Jason Bateman was far from the best thing about it. And they didn’t nominate Nick Offerman? Seriously? The Academy really has to rethink its fucking priorities. There, I said it.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Yet again, Amy Poehler won’t win. C’mon, Academy. Do you even realise how great Leslie Knope is? Here. Here’s how amazing she is.
This is between Julia Louis-Dreyfus (probably) and Tina Fey (possibly, as, again it’s 30 Rock‘s last year).
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Adam Driver, Girls
Yet again the boys of Modern Family are nominated, basically monopolising this whole category. Nobody else has a look in if 3 out of 4 of them are nominated every single year, whether or not they deserve it. The show is basically pants now. I’d love to see Bill Hader pick it up for his stellar work on SNL, but realistically it’s going to go to one of the Modern Family boys. I don’t know which one, I don’t care which one. Pick one, it’s probably him.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie
Julie Bowen‘s probably going to win. Again. The show is pants now, people. PANTS. Anyway, let’s forget who’s going to win and focus on who should win. I’d love to see Mayim Bialik get recognised for breathing life into the otherwise floundering TBBT. WHYIS JANE LYNCH THERE? WHO EVEN CARES ABOUT GLEE ANYMORE? WHY ARE THEY EVEN NOMINATING THIS STUPID SHOW IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM? Okay, no more caps. I’d also love to see Jane Krakowski grab it for doing such a great job at Jenna for the last 8 years. To Jenna! *clink*
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Again it’s going to be Modern Family. It should be 30 Rock or Louie, as they’ve had better seasons this year.