August 23, 2014

Who should & will win Emmy awards...

Monday night is the 827th Primetime Emmy Awards, honouring what the television academy thinks is the best in prime time TV from the 2013-2014 school year.

On the upside, my secret boyfriend Seth Meyers is hosting this year. On the downside, the show tends to be somewhat dull.

While I do watch more than my share of TV, with time shifting (hey, we get Jimmy Fallon at 9.30 PM), and Netflix, and PVR and VOD, I tend to miss or avoid most of the real prime time programming.

Here are the nominees and my picks for the major awards.... what are your faves?

Best Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is The New Black
Silicon Valley
Should win: I love Big Bang, and also loving Veep in binge sessions on airplanes
Will win: the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, which I don't love and don't think of as a comedy 

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
Should win: The not even nominated The Good Wife, so then the terrific season 2 of House Of Cards
Will win: The buzzy final season of Breaking Bad (which granted I have not seen)

Best Actor, Drama
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

Should win: Spacey for House of Cards (especially as James Spader wasn't even nominated for The Black List)
Will win: McConaughey for True Detective (haven't seen, this is his year for Oscar and Emmy and the world)

Best Actress, Drama
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
Should and will win: Robin Wright for her masterful work in House of Cards

Best Actor, Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek

Should and will win: among a weak list, Big Bang's Parsons will get his 4th win in this category 

Best Actress, Comedy
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 

Should win: Poehler for the subtle and very funny Parks
Will win: Emmy record holder and repeat winner Louis-Dreyfus

Other "Best" TV: There are lots of other categories and nominees, I am hoping for these winners...
The Normal Heart for best TV movie
Christine Baranski, best supporting actress in a drama for The Good Wife
Jim Carter, best supporting actor in a drama for Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, best supporting actress in a comedy for Mom
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, best supporting actor in a comedy for Modern Family
Actors from The Normal Heart: Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts

Some call-outs to the amazingly overlooked at nomination time: Bellamy Young for Scandal, James Spader for The Blacklist, The Good Wife for best drama series. and the cast and total show of The Mindy Project.

What were your faves of the year?