The primetime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday. There were the usual contenders (30 Rock *yawn*), but also a few surprises (SEVEN lead actresses in a comedy series?)
Here are my picks for who should win and who will win in some of the major categories.
Best Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Veep
Who Should Win: I have to go with Modern Family for being consistently funny. Of all the nominees, it’s the only one that, I find, never misses a beat. Although HBO’s Girls has received a lot of buzz – and backlash – it doesn’t deliver the laughs the way the rest of the nominees do.
Who Will Win: Modern Family
Best Drama Series
Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Homeland
Who Should Win: This is like asking me to choose my favorite child! Though picking this one isn’t completely impossible. Game of Thrones, all the way. Even episodes I’d rate a 7 (of which there are MAYBE two out of both seasons) out of 10 are infinitely better than most shows on television. I’d say that a 7 Game Thrones is on par with a 10 of the other nominees. Of course, the show runners have it easy because the source material weaves together complex characters in compelling storylines. It should win for the Blackwater episode of season two alone.
Who Will Win: Homeland. I enjoy the show, but I don’t have the massive hard-on for it that everyone else does. When it wins, I will flip a table.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damien Lewis (Homeland), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Who Should Win: As much as I’d like to see Jon Hamm, well, do anything, I think this one should go to Cranston who transforms so completely into cancer-striken chemistry teacher turned meth-maker so effortlessly, I almost don’t recognize him when I see him on talk shows. Breaking Bad’s fourth season was arguably its best. Voters may take into consideration that this is his penultimate chance to nab the award for this role as this season, the fifth, is Breaking Bad’s last.
Who Will Win: Damien Lewis. See: Homeland Hard-On above. I think this is a sleeper win.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Who Should Win: Peter Dinklage
Who Will Win:
For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.
Who are your favorites to win? Who wasn’t nominated that should have been?