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Awards show season is my second Christmas.

It’s full of beautiful people, wearing beautiful dresses, and winning beautiful, shiny trophies. Sure, gazing upon all of that talent and beauty may lower your self-esteem a few notches, but it’s a small price to pay for getting to see all of your favorite actors and actresses in the same place at the same time.

As a television (and Netflix) junkie, the Primetime Emmys holds a very special place in my heart. Every year, I try to watch as many of the nominated shows as I can and make a list of my predictions for who the winners will be. I may not have the most experienced or scholarly opinion, but I tend to have a knack for a certain “award show clairvoyance.” Here are my predictions for the 2013 Emmys. Hopefully my psychic powers will hold up to the test!

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

House of Cards

Mad Men

This year features a ton of intensely gripping, amazing series in the “Drama” category. House of Cards, the first ever Netflix original series received enormous amounts of praise and attention, and most definitely deserves a spot on the list of nominees. However, as Breaking Bad approaches its final episodes, it continues to shock and captivate audiences by completely upping the ante and blowing the doors off of any other series this year. Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White elevates this show from pretty cool to downright exceptional.

Who will win?: Breaking Bad

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Girls

Louie

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep

The “Comedy Series” category seems to be stuck in a perpetual rut of repetitiveness. Girls and Louie are fairly new editions to the category, but they don’t stand a chance against fan-favorites The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, each of which have won their fair share of Emmys. Unfortunately, I don’t think 30 Rock will take home the prize even though they had a pretty solid final season. It’s OK though, I will never forget you, Rural Juror.

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Who will win?: Either The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family

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

This is a category stacked with major dramatic heavy-hitters. Bryan Cranston is outstanding in Breaking Bad, and Jeff Daniels basically runs the show on The Newsroom with his incredible performance as news anchor Will McAvoy. Jon Hamm is a definite front-runner for his portrayal of the suave, womanizing Don Draper. Unfortunately, Hamm seems to have fallen victim to the “Emmy Curse” and has yet to win for Mad Men after 6 whole seasons. In my opinion, Kevin Spacey should win this award. His seamless transition from movie star into television (or rather, Netflix) personality truly showcased his talent – and his signature ability to appear slightly creepy yet never truly off-putting at all times.

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Who will win?: Kevin Spacey

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel

Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey

Claire Danes – Homeland

Robin Wright – House of Cards

Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men

Connie Britton – Nashville

Kerry Washington – Scandal

Lots of newcomers enter the pool of nominees this year for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.” Robin Wright, Connie Britton, and Vera Farmiga all gave great performances, rightfully earning them a spot on this list. However, I have a feeling that this really is Kerry Washington’s year. Many loved her in this year’s Tarantino blockbuster Django Unchained, and she has received exceptional praise for her performance in the suspenseful and sexy Scandal.

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Who will win?: Kerry Washington

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jason Bateman – Arrested Development

Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

Don Cheadle – House of Lies

Louis C.K. – Louie

Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Oh Alec Baldwin. Jack Donaghy will forever be one of my most-quoted television characters. With that being said, I regrettably admit that Baldwin will probably not win for his final season as Liz Lemon’s amazing boss. Louis C.K. really deserves to win this year. Louie is an extremely witty and downright funny show that should really be recognized for its intelligence. Unfortunately, Emmys voters seem to be creatures of habit. They stick with what they like, and what they like is a whole lot of nerdy antics provided by Sheldon Cooper. Bazinga!

Who will win?: Jim Parsons

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern – Enlightened

Lena Dunham – Girls

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

This is another impossible category. Every single woman up for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy” is utterly hilarious and brings her own individual style of comedy to the table. I am extremely biased towards both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, since I basically try to emulate both of them in everything I do. However, my favorite funny ladies may have to take a back seat to Julia Louis-Dreyfus this year. Dreyfus has proved again and again that she is a true comedic chameleon, and has never stopped producing laughs since her days on Seinfeld.

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Who will win?: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

When it comes to the “Outstanding Miniseries or Movie” categories, there are two clear stand-outs in the batch of nominees. American Horror Story and Behind the Candelabra are heavily favored to wipe the floor with their competition. Behind the Candelabra will likely win the overall award for “Outstanding Movie,” along with a “Leading Actor” win for Michael Douglas’ incredible portrayal of Liberace. American Horror Story will clean up with a “Leading Actress” award for the incomparable Jessica Lange, and “Supporting Actor/Actress” wins for Lily Rabe and James Cromwell.

Make your own predictions and then tune in to the Primetime Emmys at 8pm tonight on CBS hosted by Neil Patrick Harris!

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