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Who Should Really Win At The 2014 Emmys

Sometimes even the best shows don’t win, because Emmy politics rule all.

 

I watch a lot of TV, and when I say "a lot,"I mean it's kind of sad how much time I spend planted on the couch. Luckily, it’s my job, so no one can really judge me, but that does give me an advantage for award show predictions. Unfortunately, when it comes to award shows, it’s all about Hollywood politics and who knows how to schmooze the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Therefore, some of the people who you really think deserve to win go home empty handed.

There are so many great TV shows on the air right now, but only one can be crowned winner. So here are my predictions of what will probably win vs. what should win this year. Please don’t yell at me when I don’t pick your favorite show: I just professionally watch TV for a living.

Drama Series Nominees: 

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

What Will Win: Breaking Bad, because it’s the absolute last time it will be nominated and they will want to honor it and all its glory.

What Should Win: Game of Thrones, because it’s the best damn show on TV right now. However, there are plenty of opportunities for it to win in the future because it has many seasons left. 

Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory


Louie


Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Veep

What Will Win: Orange Is The New Black. It’s the new “cool” show to love and something has to break the Modern Family streak after all these years.

What Should Win: Orange Is The New Black. Out of all the choices, this season of this show has been absolutely brilliant, and a strong cast of female women never hurts either.

Lead Actor in a Drama


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

Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston. Again, it’s the last time to honor him for Breaking Bad. Still, Matthew McConaughey is a very strong contender for this category, especially since Breaking Bad will get the Best Drama.

Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey! Even though I had to watch the first episode a few times to figure out what he was saying, McConaughey was amazing in that show and is still high on his Oscar win.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie


Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Martin Freeman, Fargo


Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo


Idris Elba, Luther


Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart


Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Who Will Win: Billy Bob Thornton. Hollywood TV Academy loves to honor movie actors doing TV. 

Who Should Win: Benedict Cumberbatch, because Sherlock is actually one of the best shows on TV and no one in the history of forever has been a better Sherlock — and the last episode of season three was amazing.

Lead Actress in a Drama


Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey


Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife


Claire Danes, Homeland


Robin Wright, House of Cards


Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Who Will Win: Robin Wright. House of Cards had a great year and will unfortunately be overlooked in the other categories, so having Robin Wright win will honor the show in some way.

Who Should Win: Lizzy Caplan. We love a good female lead and Lizzy Caplan proved that she’s not just Janice Ian, but a damn good actress. Also, it takes real skill to act as though you find Michael Sheen sexy. Woof.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven


Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor


Minnie Driver, Return to Zero

Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Who Will Win: Jessica Lange. The problem with this category is that it’s always very random and not many people take the time to watch the movies/mini-series, so I’m assuming they will vote with what they know.

Who Should Win: Jessica Lange. This season of AHS wasn’t great, but as usual Jessica Lange killed it as the Supreme. Since she only has one more season left, she should continue to dominate this category.

Lead Actor in a Comedy


Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


Ricky Gervais, Derek


Matt LeBlanc, Episodes


Don Cheadle, House of Lies


Louis C.K., Louie

William H. Macy, Shameless

Who Will Win: Jim Parsons. The Academy loves Jim Parsons. He wins every year and there’s nothing new that’s so popular that it will push him out of the top spot.

Who Should Win: Ricky Gervais. It’s hard work to act out a mental disability. While I personally dislike Gervais, I think he did a great job in this show and should be recognized for it.

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls


Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie


Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black


Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is phenomenal on Veep, and everyone loves her in Hollywood. She is always a favorite.

Who Should Win: Amy Poehler long has she been in the shadow of Liz Lemon. Leslie Knope is hands down one of the best characters on television and deserves an award for it after all these years.

Variety Series

The Colbert Report


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Jimmy Kimmel Live


Real Time With Bill Maher


Saturday Night Live


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

What Will Win: The Colbert Report. The show is ending soon, therefore they will want to honor it.

What Should Win: The Colbert Report. It deserves to win!

Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven


Bonnie & Clyde


Fargo


Luther


Treme


The White Queen

What Will Win: Fargo. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Fargo this year and compared to the rest on this list it has the best shot of winning.

What Should Win: Fargo. Like I said before, AHS wasn’t great and while I like Luther, I think that Fargo should take home the award this time around. Idris Elba’s got some time.

Television Movie

Killing Kennedy


Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight


The Normal Heart


Sherlock: His Las Vow


The Trip to Bountiful

What Will Win: The Normal Heart. Making a movie about AIDS awareness is basically the same thing as when you play the AIDS card in Apples to Apples: It always wins.

What Should Win: The Normal Heart. AIDS awareness is important. I’m not that big of a biyatch.

Supporting Actor in a Drama


Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey


Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones


Josh Charles, The Good Wife


Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Who Will Win: Peter Dinklage. I know most people are hoping Aaron Paul gets it, but Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones this season is unbeatable. Even the Academy can’t deny that.

Who Should Win: Peter Dinklage! If you haven’t seen his trial speech, Google it now. Then you will understand why he completely deserves the award this year. It was perfection.

Supporting Actress in a Drama


Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad


Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones


Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Who Will Win: Anna Gunn will be another chance to honor Breaking Bad. The Downton Abbey girls normally cancel each other out as well.

Who Should Win: Lena Headey. Maybe I am biased toward GOT, but Headey was great this season and probably won’t have another shot at an Emmy, whereas Anna Gunn won last year.

Directing for a Drama

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad


David Evans, Downton Abbey

Neil Marshall, Game of Thrones


Carl Franklin, House of Cards

Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective

Who Will Win: Cary Joji Fukunaga. Since Vince Gilligan will be getting recognized in other categories, they will give this one to True Detective.

Who Should Win: Cary Joji Fukunaga. Since True Detective isn’t winning for best drama, it should get awarded somewhere and everything about the directing was great. It’s probably extremely hard to direct two A-list Hollywood actors as well.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy


Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family


Ty Burrell, Modern Family


Fred Armisen, Portlandia

Tony Hale, Veep

Who Will Win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson. He’s been nominated against his coworkers for five years now and he’s the only one who hasn’t won.

Who Should Win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson. I actually agree with this one because without him the Modern Family wouldn’t be as successful as it is.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family


Allison Janney, Mom

Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black


Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Who Will Win: Kate Mulgrew. She had a huge season on OITNB and Julie Bowen has already won a couple times. No one else is being buzzed about.

Who Should Win: Kate Mulgrew. None of the other ones really stand out to me at this point and Red was a major character for OITNB this season.

Directing for a Comedy


Iain B. MacDonald, Episodes

Paris Barclay, Glee


Louis C.K., Louie

Gail Mancuso, Modern Family


Jodie Foster, Orange Is the New Black


Mike Judge, Silicon Valley

Who Will Win: Jodie Foster, yet another movie actor turned director. The show is already taking home everything, they will want to give it to Foster.

Who Should Win: Gail Mancuso. Modern Family is still amazing and should be recognized for that.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks, Fargo


Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart


Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart


Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart


Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Who Will Win: Colin Hanks. I think The Normal Heart guys will actually cancel each other out here leaving the win to Colin or Martin.

Who Should Win: Matt Bomer! I honestly wouldn’t care who wins this award, but Matt Bomer is the perfect human being and I would like to watch him speak, therefore he should win.

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie


Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven


Allison Tolman, Fargo


Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic


Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Who Will Win: Julia Roberts. Again, they love when movie actors do something with TV and there’s already tons of buzz around The Normal Heart, so there is a good chance Roberts will take this home.

Who Should Win: Kathy Bates. Kathy Bates playing an immortal racist. I don’t think I need to elaborate.

Guest Actress in a Comedy

Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Who Will Win: Uzo Aduba, because Crazy Eyes is hands down the best character on OITNB ... but they may go with Laverne Cox and make a statement, making Cox the first transgender Emmy winner. 

Who Should Win: Laverne Cox. I want to see some history in the making here. Plus I absolutely adore Sophia on the show. She’s great!

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