Who Should Win The Emmy???!!!

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The Emmy’s are coming right up on Monday my friends and I know you all have opinions. Of course, I’m sure there are categories you could care less about, but most of you will have some pretty strong ideas about who is the best across the board. So, I would love to read them. However, I’d also like to take a few minutes to show you guys my picks for who should win. Let me know what you think.

The complete list of nominees are:

Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Louie”

“Modern Family”

“Orange Is the New Black”

“Silicon Valley”

“Veep”

My Pick: This one is almost a no brainer to me. I really liked “Silicon Valley”, but none of these shows come close to “Orange Is The New Black”. It’s such a hilarious and heartfelt show that gives it’s audience something deeper than any comedy on this list. Sadly, the award will probably go to “Modern Family” again.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”

Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

My Pick: Again, this is not really even a competition. Taylor Schilling delivers a deeper performance in “Orange Is The New Black” than anyone on any of these shows by far. She is also consistently hilarious in a very real and organic way. Lena Dunham comes close in “Girls” and Mrs. Dreyfus is always wonderful, but it should go to Schilling.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

My Pick: I will be honest and write that I don’t really care who wins this one. None of these roles are particularly commanding ones to me. I enjoy “Louie”, but it’s nothing to write home about. Gervais is good, but nothing award worthy to me. I guess, I would most like to see William H. Macy win for a very complicated and sometimes did likable character in “Shameless”, but it will probably go to Parsons again.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, “Brookiyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

My Pick: For me it is all Andre Braugher for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. However, I would expect one of the “Modern Family” guys to get it.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

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”

My Pick: Kate Mulgrew all the way people. I’m hoping for an “Orange Is The New Black” sweep that will likely not happen.

Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”

“House of Cards”

“Mad Men”

“True Detective”

My Pick: This is so hard! I even feel terrible that amazing shows like “Masters of Sex” and “Justified” were left out. Still, if I’m forced to pick one then I have to go with “True Detective”. No other show had me glued like this one. The writing and directing were top notch. Then there is Matthew in the performance of his career. Oh man! I want to watch it again right now.

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

My Pick: Lots of good actresses, but my favorite is Lizzy Caplan in “Masters of Sex”. She plays it all. She is strong, determined, scared, lost, and sexy all wrapped into one complicated package. Easily the female performance I remember the best. The only thing that comes close is Claire Danes, but she has had her time. It should go to new blood.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

My Pick: Matthew McConaughey gave the best performance by anyone in television or movies in “True Detective”. I may not have thought he should have one for “Dallas Buyers Club” over Chiwetel Ejiofor’s masterful performance in “12 Years A Slave”, but his performance in “True Detective” is better than both. He truly stole the screen this year.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

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”

My Pick: This is rough , but I’d probably go with Aaron Paul. He really got put through the emotional ringer in the last season of “Breaking Bad” and should be rewarded for it. Dinklage would be my next choice.

Supporting Actress, 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”

My Pick: This should go to Anna Gunn for her masterful work in “Breaking Bad”. The “Ozymandias” episode would be enough for this win.

Best Miniseries or Movie

“American Horror Story: Coven”

“Bonnie & Clyde”

“Fargo”

“Luther”

“Treme”

“The White Queen”

My Pick: “Fargo” should win this in a landslide. It’s not even close.

Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”

Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”

Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip Bountiful”

My Pick: I would expect Jessica Lange to win for “American Horror Story” and she was certainly creepy enough to deserve it.

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”

Martin Freeman, “Fargo”

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Idris Elba, “Luther”

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

My Pick: This should go to either Mark Ruffalo or Billy Bob. It’s to damn hard for me to choose. They were both so terrific!

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks, “Fargo”

Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”

Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”

Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

My Pick: After I saw “The Normal Heart” I immediately said that there were so many great performances that they should all be nominated and luckily they were. They all deserve it, but Matt Bomer should win for his beautiful and heartbreaking work.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers In the Attic”

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

My Pick: This should go to Allison Tolman for “Fargo”. She is the heart and soul of that show. I love Julia Roberts here and wouldn’t mind seeing her win, but it should go to Tolman.

Outstanding Animated Program

“Archer”

“Bob’s Burgers”

“Futurama”

“South Park”

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project”

My Pick: I’m personally partial to “Archer “.

Outstanding Host: Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”

Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

My Pick: ” Hollywood Game Night”

Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race”

“So You Think You Can Dance”

“Dancing with the Stars”

“Top Chef”

“Project Runway”

“The Voice”

My Pick: “The Voice”

Variety Series

“The Colbert Report”

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“Real Time with Bill Maher”

“Saturday Night Live”

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

My Pick: Colbert, Stewart, Fallon, Maher, OMG, my head is going to explode!!!! They all deserve it!

Children’s Program

“Degrassi”

“Dog with a Blog”

“Good Luck Charlie”

“Nick News With Linda Ellerbee – Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home”

“One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp”

“Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass”

My Pick: “Good Luck Charlie”

Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama

Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson in “Downton Abbey”

Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney in “The Good Wife”

Reg E. Cathey as Freddy in “House Of Cards”

Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in “Mad Men”

Beau Bridges as Barton Scully in “Masters of Sex”

Joe Morton as Rowan Pope in “Scandal”

My Pick: Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Margo Martindale as Claudia in “The Americans”

Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell in “Game of Thrones”

Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes in “House of Cards”

Allison Janney as Margaret Scully in “Masters of Sex”

Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing in “The Newsroom”

Kate Burton as Sally Langston in “Scandal”

My Pick: Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Bob Newhart as Arthur in “The Big Bang Theory”

Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in “Modern Family”

Steve Buscemi as Marty in “Portlandia”

Jimmy Fallon as Host in “SNL”

Louis C.K. as Host in “SNL”

Gary Cole as Kent Davison in “Veep”

My Pick: Jimmy Fallon, “SNL”

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in “Orange is the New Black”

Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in “Orange is the New Black”

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in “Orange is the New Black”

Tina Fey as Host in “SNL”

Melissa McCarthy as Host in “SNL”

Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson in “Shameless”

My Pick: Natasha Lyonne, “Orange Is The New Black”

Nathan Ligon

Film / Theater / Music Critic at Red Carpet Crash
The son of Executive Producer Jon Ligon, Nathan has spent his life in the company of filmmakers and some of the best musicians in Dallas, TX. He has since become a highly viewed critic and short filmmaker for Red Carpet Crash and Shot & Cut Films.
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