I know you’re still recovering from Brian Stelter (The Newsroom) snubbing Best Actor in a Drama Series from Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) in 2013. It’s about time you get back on your feet though and redeem your Emmy prediction abilities. This time is different because you have me to hedge your bets. With the 66th Emmy Awards less than a month away, I give you my major predictions, potential snubs, as well as a bit of rationale for these future 2014 winners.
Best Drama Series:
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Detective (HBO)*
Reason: HBO submitted True Detective as a “Drama Series,” as opposed to a “Miniseries.” Although True Detective is a favorite Drama for 2014, this unfitting placement may rank it lower on voters’ lists. Although Game of Thrones is the next favorite contender, even author George R.R. Martin blogs, “Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros... but there's no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat 'Breaking Bad' next year, when their last season is the one in contention." There you have it folks, even the brilliant Martin favors Breaking Bad to take home this Emmy.
Best Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Reason: Sorry not sorry Modern Family, but you’re getting the boot this year. I know I’m about to sound like a total sociology minor (Because, well, I am one), but Orange is the New Black deserves this award for not only its laugh-out-loud humor, but its expansion into the possibilities of female gender within television. Many argue Orange is not pure comedy, but also drama. The show’s blurring of distinctions that once existed in television make it extra deserving of this award.
American Horror Story: Coven (FX)*
Bonnie and Clyde (History/Lifetime)
Luther (BBC America)
The White Queen (Starz)
Reason: Fargo is the clear frontrunner in this category as the drama is a thrill from start to finish. Part of this is because the TV academy decided to split television movies and miniseries into their own distinct categories, making it so Fargo doesn’t have to compete with the likes of the Normal Heart.
Best Actor, Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)*
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Reason: Interestingly enough, both Harrelson and McConaughey were nominated for their roles in True Detective. However, after a fresh Oscar win, Matthew McConaughey will almost undoubtedly win for his outstanding performance in this category. However, if Bryan Cranston were to snub the title, this would be his fourth win for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
Best Actress, Drama Series:
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)*
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Reason: Robin Wright’s return to the small screen as the scheming wife of Congressman Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards has been quite a success. This is her first Emmy nomination and it is extremely deserved, period.
Best Actor, Comedy Series:
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H. Macy (Shameless)*
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Reason: Jim Parsons appears to be the favorite (again) among this year’s Emmy voters. This would be the actor’s fourth win in the past six years for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, making it a record-tie in this category as well.
Best Actress, Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)*
Reason: Julia took home the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 2013 and the fictional VP will more than likely win again. The third season of HBO’s Veep has the highest Metacritic rating (84/100) out of all its seasons so far.
Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series:
Jim Carter (Downtown Abbey)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)*
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Reason: Because... well... it’s Peter Dinklage.
Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)*
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Reason: The Emmy’s are finally recognizing Headey’s amazing work as the notorious Cersei Lannister. The fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones involved great emotional devastation for her character and Headey executed this brilliantly. This is her first nomination.
The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will broadcast August 25th at 8 p.m. on NBC.