A scene from Breaking Bad’s series finale
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad (2013 winner)
Game Of Thrones
House Of Cards
Breaking Bad should win. I would be happy to see Mad Men or Downton Abbey winning, but I doubt that they will. I don’t think House Of Cards or Game Of Thrones stand a chance either. I think it’s between Breaking Bad and True Detective this year. I hope the former wins.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family (2013 winner)
Orange Is The New Black
I would be thrilled to see Modern Family win a fifth consecutive year, after winning this award for all its previous seasons. But there is a possibility that new entrant Orange Is The New Black could upset that. I would be happy even if The Big Bang Theory finally wins this prize, but I have a gut feeling that it will be Modern Family again this year. If that does happen, Modern Family will match Frasier’s record of being a show that (will have) won the maximum Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series (five).
Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (2013 winner)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
Bryan Cranston should win this time, especially since he lost out last year, even though he has won thrice before. I doubt any of the others stand a chance against him, except for Matthew McConaughey, who, I think will take it away.
Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters Of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland (2013 winner)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Robin Wright is the strongest contender in this category, given how she delivered the scenes in which Claire Underwood is dealing with demons from her past. Kerry Washington is a popular favourite, but I hope her overacting in Scandal doesn’t get recognised. Claire Danes could make a hat-trick of her Emmy Wins for Homeland, especially for her performance through Brody’s death in the most recent season of the show. I would be most happy to see Julianna Margulies win for her restrained, but strong delivery of Alicia dealing with loss on The Good Wife, and she could win (she’s won before too). I think it’ll be either Margulies or Wright.
William H. Macy In Shameless
Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (2013 winner)
Jim Parsons should win again, especially because of his portrayal of Sheldon’s reaction to all the changes taking place with people around him, and him kissing Amy, earlier in the show’s most recent season. However, I think that William H. Macy could take it away this year. SHAMELESS is a new entrant in the comedy categories this year (it was in drama before), and that probably ups his chances of being recognised for his outstanding work on the show. I would be most happy to see Matt LeBlanc win though.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (2013 winner)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is The New Black
Julia Louis-Dreyfus could win again, as the Academy doesn’t shy away from repeating winners year after year, and she would be a deserving recipient. This year, however, I think it’ll be Taylor Schilling, even though Amy Poehler might be a popular favourite.
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
Aaron Paul should definitely win this time, after he missed out last year, and he has won before. I would be surprised if Josh Charles wins, even though his performance through his last few episodes on The Good Wife was excellent, because the Academy has largely neglected the greatness of the show’s most recent season in their nominations. Aaron Paul is the most deserving, and I think he will win.
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad (2013 winner)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Anna Gunn could very well win again, and the Academy is known to repeatedly reward performers’ consistency. However, I think this year, it should be Christine Baranski or Joanne Froggatt, especially the latter. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lena Headey takes it away.
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 (2013 winner)
I don’t think Tony Hale’s performance was exceptionally good, over and above what won him the award last year, so I doubt he’ll win again. I think this one should go to Andre Braugher, but considering the Academy’s lack of recognition towards Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I think this year, it’ll be Fred Armisen.
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
Julie Bowen has won before, and she could win again, but I think this year, it’ll go to Kate Mulgrew. However, I think Mayim Bialik should win. Her performance through Amy and Sheldon’s slow-moving relationship gathering momentum in the most recent season of The Big Bang Theory deserves a win.
Matthew McConaughey in True Detective
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (“Farewell Daddy Blues”), Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad (“Felina”), Vince Gilligan
Downton Abbey (“Episode 1”), David Evans
Game Of Thrones (“The Watchers on the Wall”), Neil Marshall
House Of Cards (“Chapter 14”), Carl Franklin (2013 winner)
True Detective (“Who Goes There”), Cary Joji Fukunaga
Breaking Bad should win this for sure. The series finale (“Felina”) was extraordinarily executed by show creator Vince Gilligan. I doubt House Of Cards will win this year, as “Chapter 14” lacked the quality that any of its episodes from last season had. True Detective stands a strong chance. If anything, this series had some excellent direction.
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Episodes (“Episode 309”), Iain B. MacDonald
Glee (“100”), Paris Barclay
Louie (“Elevator, Part 6”), Louis C.K.
Modern Family (“Vegas”), Gail Mancuso (2013 winner)
Orange Is The New Black (“Lesbian Request Denied”), Jodie Foster
Silicon Valley (“Minimum Viable Product”), Mike Judge
The chaos in the situational comedy in “Episode 309” (Episodes) and “Vegas” (Modern Family) makes me want to see one of them winning this one. If it has to be one of the two, the Academy favourite will most likely win. However, I won’t be surprised if Orange Is The New Black takes this one away.
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad (“Ozymandias”), Moira Walley-Beckett
Breaking Bad (“Felina”), Vince Gilligan
Game Of Thrones (“The Children”), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
House Of Cards (“Chapter 14”), Beau Willimon
True Detective (“The Secret Fate of All Life”), Nic Pizzolatto
Last year’s winner, Homeland didn’t make it to the list this year, but Breaking Bad’s two nominations in this category push me to think that it will probably win, not just because its chances are higher statistically, but mainly because of the two episodes nominated. The series finale, “Felina”, was a work of art, with every silent moment doing so much of the storytelling. Directing and performance could achieve that only with the excellent foundation of Gilligan’s good writing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the other one wins too. “Ozymandias” was the one in which Hank Schrader dies.
The cast of Episodes
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Episodes (“Episode 305”), David Crane
Louis (“So Did The Fat Lady”), Louis C.K.
Orange Is The New Black (“I Wasn’t Ready”), Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman
Silicon Valley (“Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency”), Alec Berg
Veep (“Special Relationship”), Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci
Last year, 30 Rock won this category. I would like to see Episodes take away this one, or even Veep, but given all the buzz surrounding Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, I think it’ll be the one to win.
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Written By : Ranvijaysinh Jhala