It’s the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards tomorrow and this year’s been one of the tightest races in recent years. Here’s my picks and which actors and shows I think the Emmy voters will award.
Saturday Night Live alumnus Seth Meyers hosts the show for the first time. We can catch it on Monday, midnight on E!Entertainment and Tuesday 6pm on M-Net.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones;
House of Cards
What will win: True Detective. The HBO drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and is the breakout hit of the year. It’s dark, gritty and it’s on HBO, which is everything that Emmy voters love.
What should win: Breaking Bad. The final season of what some call the best TV show of all time was a masterpiece. The work of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn was so great, that the show not only deserves the drama award, but also the acting awards.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad;
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom;
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards;
Jon Hamm, Mad Men;
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective;
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Who will win: Matthew McConaughey. It’s simple. Buzz-worthy Oscar winner, doing his best work ever, in a TV show? No one would blame the Emmys for rewarding Matthew.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey;
Claire Danes, Homeland;
Robin Wright, House of Cards;
Kerry Washington, Scandal;
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife;
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Who will win: Julianna Margulies. This was her strongest season yet. The show itself went above and beyond this season, mainly thanks to her performance. Although she does face tough competition from Robin Wright and Lizzy Caplan's riveting performances.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan;
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones;
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland;
Josh Charles, The Good Wife;
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad;
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Who will win: Peter Dinklage. He entered the fourth season finale and my, what a cracker of an episode. It’s Dinklage’s finest work on the series. There really shouldn't be a contest.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad;
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey;
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones;
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife;
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men;
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Who will win: Anna Gunn deserves the Emmy for her work as the polarising figure in Breaking Bad, Skyler White. The final episode of Breaking Bad alone, not to discount the previous seven episodes, was just amazing. She was amazing in it and I can't imagine who else can say she didn't give the best performance in her category.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory;
Orange Is the New Black;
What will win: Veep. It’s a quirky comedy, really funny, with a great ensemble cast, and it’s on HBO.
What should win: Orange is the New Black is the hit of the year. It’s funny and while it has some deep moments, it’s dark humour at its best. The most diverse cast (it even won a creative Emmy last week for casting) and as racial as things may be, there are many funny moments on the show.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory;
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes;
Don Cheadle, House of Lies;
Louis CK, Louie;
William H. Macy, Shameless;
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Who will win: Jim Parsons has to win again. Not that the other actors don’t deserve to, it’s just that Jim is excellent as Sheldon Cooper.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls;
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie;
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation;
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep;
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly;
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Selina Meyer is one of the best characters on TV and Julia plays her with so much aplomb, you can’t help but love her.
Who should win: Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope is my favourite character on TV and it’s about time that the Academy awards Amy for her fine performance.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls;
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family;
Fred Armisen, Portlandia;
Ty Burrell, Modern Family;
Tony Hale, Veep;
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Who will win: Ty Burrell. The Academy loves Modern Family.
Who should win: Fred Armisen. I sometimes wonder if Fred is acting on Portlandia. Half the work on the show is ad-libs and not many people can pull that off.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory;
Julie Bowen, Modern Family;
Anna Chlumsky, Veep;
Allison Janney, Mom;
Kate Mc-Kinnon, Saturday Night Live;
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Who will win: Allison Janney is the best part of Mom. Without her, the comedy would be a dud and for that she deserves the Emmy.
Here's Tim Goodman and Scott Feinberg's choices of who should win at the Emmys.
Catch the Emmy's on Tuesday 26 August on M-Net at 6pm
This column first appeared in the 24 August issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv.