Emmy Circuit: Final Look Before Nominations and Predictions

Emmys

Once again, we’ve arrived at Emmy nomination time.  The 2014-2015 television season was one of much change.  Gone are stalwart contender Breaking Bad and juggernaut True Detective, leaving opening many spots for new shows.  On the comedy side, many contenders are trying to make their best case for the Modern Family Can’t Win a Sixth Best Comedy Series Award vote, including Veep, Louie, and freshman zeitgeist hit, Transparent.  Finally, Netflix masterpiece Orange is the New Black transitions from comedy to drama series, making an effort to block Mad Men‘s swan song trophy, while Game of Thrones tries to fight controversy in its fifth season to follow in the shoes of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad.

Clayton will be posting his final predictions tomorrow, but for now, here are mine!

Best Drama Series
1. Mad Men
2. Game of Thrones
3. Orange is the New Black
4. House of Cards
5. Empire
6. Better Call Saul
7. Downton Abbey

Best Actress in a Drama Series
1. Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
2. Taraji P. Henson, Empire
3. Robin Wright, House of Cards
4. Julianna Marguilies, The Good Wife
5. Ruth Wilson, The Affair
6. Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Actor in a Drama Series
1. Jon Hamm, Mad Men
2. Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
3. Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
4. Dominic West, The Affair
5. Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
6. Terence Howard, Empire

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1. Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
2. Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
3. Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
4. Lorraine Toussaint, Orange is the New Black
5. Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
6. Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
2. Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
3. Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
4. Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
5. John Slattery, Mad Men
6. Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1. Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
2. Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
3. Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
4. Jennifer Hudson, Empire
5. Julia Ormond, Mad Men
6. Margo Martindale, The Americans

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1. Andre Braugher, Law & Order: SVU
2. Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
3. Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
4. David Hyde Pierce, The Good Wife
5. Sam Shepard, Bloodline
6. Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black

Best Comedy Series
1. Modern Family
2. Veep
3. Louie
4. Transparent
5. The Big Bang Theory
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
7. Black-ish

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
2. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
3. Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
4. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
5. Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
6. Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
1. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
2. Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
3. Louis C.K., Louie
4. Don Cheadle, House of Lies
5. Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
6. Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
1. Allison Janney, Mom
2. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
3. Anna Chlumsky, Veep
4. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
5. Kate McKinnon, SNL
6. Judith Light, Transparent

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1. Ty Burrell, Modern Family
2. Tony Hale, Veep
3. Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
4. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
5. Hugh Laurie, Veep
6. Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1. Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
2. Kyra Sedgwick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
3. Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
4. Joan Cusack, Shameless
5. Tyne Daly, Modern Family
6. Rita Moreno, Jane the Virgin

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1. Louis C.K., SNL
2. Bill Hader, SNL
3. Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
4. Bradley Whitford, Transparent
5. Michael Rapaport, Louie
6. Billy Bob Thornton, The Big Bang Theory

Best Limited Series
1. Olive Kitteridge
2. American Horror Show: Freak Show
3. The Honorable Woman
4. Wolf Hall
5. American Crime

Best TV Movie
1. Bessie
2. Derek: The Final Chapter
3. Nightingale
4. Killing Jesus
5. Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case

Best Actress in a Movie/Mini
1. Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
2. Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
3. Queen Latifah, Bessie
4. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
5. Felicity Huffman, American Crime
6. Frances O’Connor, The Missing

Best Actor in a Movie/Mini
1. Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
2. David Oyelowo, Nightingale
3. Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
4. Ricky Gervais, Derek: The Final Chapter
5. Adrien Brody, Houdini
6. David Suchet, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Mini
1. Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
2. Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
3. Mo’Nique, Bessie
4. Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman
5. Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge
6. Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Mini
1. Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
2. Michael Chiklis, American Horror Story: Freak Show
3. Finn Wittrock, American Horro Story: Freak Show
4. Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie
5. Jonathan Pryce, Wolf Hall
6. Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Variety Talk Show
1. Colbert Report
2. Daily Show with Jon Stewart
3. Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
4. Jimmy Kimmel Live
5. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
6. Late Show with David Letterman

Variety Sketch Show
1. Inside Amy Schumer
2. SNL
3. Key and Peele
4. Portlandia
5. Drunk History
6. Comedy Bang Bang