Happy Thursday! Thanks for checking out another post! This time around, I look at the main races in the 2015 Emmy Awards race. On Monday I reviewed a sampling of technical categories that will be awarded at the Creative Arts Ceremony on Sept 12, today I’ll look at all the major acting, directing, and writing races. Settle in, get a cup of coffee or tea, and prepare to be late for work this morning, this one’s going to be a long one! Thanks to Variety for this list. I’ve denoted who I think will win in Bold, Who I want to win in Italics and with “My Winner”.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
“Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones” WINNER
“House of Cards”
“Orange is the New Black” My Winner Sure, in season three it wasn’t a drama, but in season two it had the best season arc of any drama made that year, but I think because of its popularity this season and polarizing story lines, Game of Thrones takes it.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“Parks and Recreation”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” My Winner Because I love Tina Fey, and the actors involved in this show, I want Unbreakable to win this, But I think Transparent is the favorite because of its current social commentary and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, giving an amazing performance, there’s no way this one will lose.
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” WINNER
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
I must admit I don’t have a pony in this race. I have yet to watch more than two episodes of House of Cards, and I have never seen the other shows nominated. I know, how can you not have seen Mad Men by now! I just haven’t, I keep telling myself that I will binge it now that it’s over, but I may be lying to myself. (I am.)
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” MY Winner I think both women deserve the award, but I think that Viola will take it, because her character is a little less “soapy” than Cookie in Empire. But I may be wrong, look at how many times the actresses from Desperate Housewives won. (1 for Felicity Huffman in 2005.)
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” WINNER
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek Special”
Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” WINNER
Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Honestly, another category where I have no pony in the race. I chose David Oyelowo because he was nominated for an Oscar and sometimes that’s all the other voters (Actual voters) might know too. But he might lose it to Ricky Gervais because he’s known too, but his was more comedy and usually drama will crush comedy at these shows.
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” WINNER/My Winner This is a crowded race with very talented actors, but the Emmy voters love a good retirement story, and so do I, and that’s why I think Jessica Lange will hear her name on Emmy night.
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street”
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” WINNER/My Winner Hands down the best performance of the year in this category. It’s interesting that in a crowded field with this many known actors, that only two are straight comedy that don’t boarder that dramady line. Black-ish and The Last Man on Earth are the only two in my opinion that play as written specifically for comedy.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback” My Winner In my first post when the nominations were announced I said that Lisa would take this for her brilliant turn in The Comeback. I still believe that she should, but after the high of seeing her name in the mix, and some time, I’ve come to realize that the Emmy voters love awarding the same shows year after year (Modern Family has won best comedy for 5 years even when it stopped being the best two years ago) and that’s why again they will give it to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and why just like 10 years ago, I will watch at home with friends and yell NO!!!!!!!! when they call her name.
Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” WINNER
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“The Voice” WINNER Sure, why not.
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” WINNER
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” My Winner Of course it will go to Daily Show. It has 10 times before, and as I stated above, the Emmys love retirement stories. I think John Oliver should get it because his segments have the biting wit and commentary that only a new performer could have. Some of you might be saying, but what about Letterman? He could be the spoiler, but Stewart is seen as being “younger” and more relevant to shaping how younger people interact with the news.
“Late Show With David Letterman”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show”
“The Honorable Woman”
“Olive Kitteridge” WINNER This was on HBO, right?
VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
“Inside Amy Schumer” WINNER/My Winner This season of Inside Amy Schumer was spot on with the social commentary. I just don’t think Drunk History has a chance, and SNL and Portlandia feel old hat by this point. Key and Peele might be a spoiler but I don’t see how Amy doesn’t get this, especially with this as her opening sketch of the season
“Key & Peele”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case”
“Grace of Monaco” WINNER Probably?
“Hello Ladies: The Movie”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones” WINNER For the same reason that Game of Thrones will take drama.
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”
Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” WINNER
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black” My Winner In the same vein as the retiring show or actor, I think Christina Hendricks will get it for Mad Men, but the person who I think should get it is Uzo Aduba for playing Crazy Eyes in ORITNB. Over the course of season two of the show, she gave the character such depth and showed a great range in creating scenes that made us completely understand her and feel horrible for her at the same time because of the situation she was in.
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Beau Bridges, “Masters Of Sex” WINNER because it Showtime’s best show! And it’s on cable.
Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Margo Martindale, “The Americans” My Winner Got to admit that this is based on name alone, because I think she’s great and she’s a great example of someone working for their craft and taking the long road to recognition. The academy loves Allison Janney in anything and this seems a place to show that they remember her for drama too.
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Rachel Brosnahan, “House Of Cards”
Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Allison Janney, “Masters Of Sex” WINNER
Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” WINNER
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” My Winner This will go to Ty for Modern Family because the academy loves that show, but it should go to Tituss, who gave an unparalleled performance as a believable gay man who was also funny in every scene and stole the show.
Tony Hale, “Veep”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Niecy Nash, “Getting On”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom” WINNER
Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” My Winner This will go to Janney for Mom, but it should go to Kate, who was a standout on SNL last season and really does the character work that so many of the sketches are missing.
Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Mel Brooks, “The Comedians” WINNER
Paul Giamatti, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
I don’t have a choice in this one. I would like to say Jon Hamm for Unbreakable because I think it is one of the best comedies on now, but I don’t think he’s as great as NBC wants us to believe, and really the only thing I remember from Louis C.K. on SNL is that his monologue was for some reason offensive. So I think they’ll give it to Mel Brooks because he is a legend.
GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
Gaby Hoffmann, “Girls” WINNER
Pamela Adlon, “Louie” My Winner I wold love to see Pamela take this because she is perfect in this role and so funny in a way that fits Louis C.K. so well. I think the Transparent love will extend to Gaby Hoffmann on this one, especially since she guested on HBO favorite Girls.
Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Richard Cabral, “American Crime”
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Finn Wittrock, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge” WINNER
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Regina King, “American Crime”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” My Winner She always delivers and this time around was no exception. I would love to see her take it, she had two heads! but she’s up against HBO.
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge” WINNER The HBO effect.
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Joshua Brand for The Americans, “Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep?” from FX Networks, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions
Gordon Smith for Better Call Saul, “Five-O” from AMC, Sony Pictures Television and Gran Via Productions
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Game Of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions WINNER
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner for Mad Men, “Lost Horizon” from AMC, Lionsgate Television and UROK Productions
Matthew Weiner for Mad Men, “Person To Person” from AMC, Lionsgate Television and UROK Productions
These aren’t writers that I’m too familiar with, but I would be happy if any of them took it, because these are all strong shows.
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire, “Eldorado” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions
David Nutter for Game Of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions My Winner I’ve been watching David Nutter since his days on The X-Files, so this would be someone I would like to see take it. He’s very good.
Jeremy Podeswa for Game Of Thrones, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions
Lesli Linka Glatter for Homeland, “From A To B And Back Again” from Showtime, SHOWTIME Presents, Fox 21, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions and Keshet
Steven Soderbergh for The Knick, “Method And Madness” from Cinemax, Cinemax Entertainment in association with Ambeg Screen Products, Anonymous Content and Extension 765 WINNER It is Soderbergh!
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik for Episodes, “Episode 409” from Showtime, SHOWTIME Presents, Hat Trick Productions and Crane Klarik Productions
Will Forte for The Last Man On Earth, “Alive In Tucson” (Pilot) from FOX and 20th Century Fox Television
Louis C.K. for Louie, “Bobby’s House” from FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
Alec Berg for Silicon Valley, “Two Days Of The Condor” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with
Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky Works and 3 Arts Entertainment
Jill Soloway for Transparent, “Pilot” from Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Studios WINNER/My Winner Usually pilots will get the award because they have to set up the world, characters, and situation, and this one did it expertly.
Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche for Veep, “Election Night” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The Last Man On Earth, “Alive In Tucson” (Pilot) from FOX and 20th Century Fox Television
Louis C.K. for Louie, “Sleepover” from FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky Works and 3 Arts Entertainment
Jill Soloway for Transparent, “Best New Girl” from Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Studios WINNER/My Winner The only episode nominated to be directed by a women, and a great episode of TV.
Armando Iannucci for Veep, “Testimony” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
John Ridley for American Crime, “Episode One” from ABC and ABC Studios
Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Horton Foote for “Bessie” from HBO, HBO Films in association with Flavor Unit Entertainment and the Zanuck Company
Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg for “Hello Ladies: The Movie” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Four Eyes Entertainment, Quantity Entertainment and ABC Studios
Hugo Blick for “The Honorable Woman” from SundanceTV, Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Productions for BBC TWO, co-produced by SundanceTV
Jane Anderson for “Olive Kitteridge” from HBO, HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone WINNER
Peter Straughan for “Wolf Hall” from PBS, A Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures Production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience
DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
Ryan Murphy for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” from Monsters Among Us, FX Networks and 20th Century Fox My Winner The man knows the worlds that he wants to create and he has a style all his own. It may not have held my attention the whole season, but the season premier set up his world in amazing fashion.
Dee Rees for “Bessie” from HBO, HBO Films in association with Flavor Unit Entertainment and the Zanuck Company
Hugo Blick for “The Honorable Woman” from SundanceTV, Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Productions for BBC TWO, co-produced by SundanceTV
Uli Edel for “Houdini” from HISTORY, Lionsgate Television and A+E Studios for History
Tom Shankland for “The Missing” from Starz, New Pictures & Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures, Playground Entertainment & the BBC
Lisa Cholodenko for “Olive Kitteridge” from HBO, HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone WINNER
Peter Kosminsky for “Wolf Hall” from PBS, A Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures Production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience
So there you have it, my predictions for the Emmy’s that air Sep 20 on FOX. Do you agree? Let me know, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!