Excuse me. I’m going to take a shower while you read my drama predictions.
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire “Farewell Daddy Blues” – Tim Van Patten, Directed by
Breaking Bad “Felina” (AMC) – Vince Gilligan, Directed by
Downton Abbey “Episode 1” (PBS) – David Evans, Directed by
Game of Thrones “The Watchers on the Wall” (HBO) – Neil Marshall, Directed by
House of Cards “Chapter 14” – Carl Franklin, Directed by
True Detective “Who Goes There” – Cary Joji Fukunaga, Directed by
True Detective was clearly designed to win as many awards as possible and it probably deserves most of them. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s direction was probably my favorite part of the whole show.
Will Win: Cary Joji Fukunaga for True Detective
Should Win: Cary Joji Fukunaga for True Detective
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC) – Bryan Cranston as Walter White
House of Cards (Netflix) – Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mad Men (AMC) – Jon Hamm as Don Draper
The Newsroom (HBO) – Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
True Detective (HBO) – Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart
True Detective (HBO) – Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle
Vive le McConaissance! If the Emmys didn’t use a ranked ballot, there might be some concern that the two True Detective nominees might split the vote. Fortunately, that’s not a problem. There’s a minor chance that they could give it to Bryan Cranston since it was Breaking Bad‘s last season I’d be happy if any of the nominees who aren’t Jeff Daniels won but I’d be kidding myself if I thought that it was going to be anyone but Matthew McConaughey.
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey for True Detective
Should Win: Matthew McConaughey for True Detective
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey (PBS) – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife (CBS) – Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Homeland (Showtime) – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
House of Cards (Netflix) – Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Masters of Sex (Showtime) – Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
Scandal (ABC) Kerry Washington.
I’m not quite sure of this category. I adore Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex and Robin Wright plays an ice queen to perfection on House of Cards. Downton Abbey and Homeland had pretty weak seasons and it feels like Kerry Washington is just there to round out the category. Julianna Margulies had a lot of material to work with this season.
Will Win: Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife
Should Win: Lizzy Caplan for Masters of Sex
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC) – Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Downton Abbey (PBS) – Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game of Thrones (HBO) – Peter Dinkage as Tyrion Lannister
The Good Wife (CBS) – Josh Charles as Will Gardner
Homeland (Showtime) – Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson
Ray Donovan (Showtime) – Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan
I think the voters might go the easy way and give this to Aaron Paul since they’re not going to give best actor to Bryan Cranston. Mandy Patinkin may also repeat for Homeland. As long as they don’t pull a Golden Globes and give it to Jon Voight. His character is the main reason that I stopped watching Ray Donovan. I’m most pulling for Josh Charles, though. He was magnificent on this past season of The Good Wife.
Will Win: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
Should Win: Josh Charles for The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC) – Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey (PBS) – Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
Game of Thrones (HBO) – Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
The Good Wife (CBS) – Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men (AMC) – Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris
Anna Gunn should win this award. That’s all I have to say. The arguments for the other nominees are swimming around in my head and this is probably the only category where I would be OK with any of them winning but the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Anna Gunn has to win. Better luck finally getting an acting Emmy next year, Mad Men.
Will Win: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad
Should Win: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC) “Felina” – Vince Gilligan, Written by
Breaking Bad (AMC) “Ozymandias” – Moira Walley-Beckett, Written by
Game of Thrones (HBO) “The Children” – David Benioff, Written by; D.B. Weiss, Written by
House of Cards (Netflix) “Chapter 14” – Beau Willimon, Written by
True Detective (HBO) “The Secret Fate of All Life” – Nic Pizzolatto, Written by
The winner of this category depends on if the “Nic Pizzolatto plagiarized a lot of Rust Cohle’s dialogue” nonsense came out before ballots were submitted or not. By the way, he didn’t plagiarize; it was clearly an homage. That being said, “Ozymandias” was easily one of the best hours of television I saw this year.
Will Win: Nic Pizzolatto for True Detective
Should Win: Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Detective (HBO)
I should probably just flip a coin for this category. It’s clearly going to be Breaking Bad or True Detective. I’m going to take a firm stance and call it for Breaking Bad. So many people were expecting the end of True Detective to be more complicated than it was and that decreases its chances for the overall win.
Will Win: Breaking Bad
Should Win: Breaking Bad