The Emmys are a month away from tomorrow. The races are really hotting up and it looks like that it could see the tightest Emmys yet, with so many categories having so many great contenders. These are a few of the categories that I am really struggling with:
- Best Comedy Series: Veep vs. Transparent vs. Modern Family: This is a category that is usually pretty straight forward, as Modern Family has won this category 5 times, winning for every season it’s broadcast and the last winner being 30 Rock back in 2009. However, without a writing or directing nomination and only 2 acting nominees instead of up to 6 (Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen are the only survivors, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara missing out), it looks like it’s crown is slipping. Ready to pounce is the Armando Iannucci’s political satire Veep and Jill Soloway’s Golden Globe winning comedy-drama Transparent. After all 3 previous seasons receiving nominations, it may be time for Veep to pick up the top prize, something that would be fitting in a presidential voting year. Yet, even more relevant, is Transparent, a lovely show that’s guaranteed to win at least one major award, with Jeffrey Tambor being a shoo-in for Best Actor. With transgender issues being in the news more often, and with the show treating the subject matter so well is very admirable. My vote will go to Transparent and that’s what I’m currently predicting. Veep still has a strong chance, though, and you should never discount the Emmys’ love for Modern Family.
- Best Drama Series: Mad Men vs. Game of Thrones: Currently tied at 6/5 odds, Mad Men and Game of Thrones are both battling it out to win here after the ending of double winner Breaking Bad in 2013. I’m currently predicting Mad Men to win for it’s final season and, after 4 previous wins for it’s first 4 seasons, it’s got enough Emmy pedigree to have enough love to get enough votes in respect to it’s longevity. That being said, Game of Thrones has become the most popular and successful show in the world and it has become a phenomenon through both word of mouth and critical acclaim. I’m sticking with Mad Men, but you can never underestimate the popularity of Game of Thrones.
- Best Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) vs. Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) vs. Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation): Like the Best Comedy Series category, it should be an easy pick given the Emmys that have gone before. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won in the previous 3 years for Veep and now she’s going for her 6th career Emmy, with other wins for her coming for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine. However, it is the first year that she’s up against the woman of the moment, Amy Schumer, who is nominated for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer. Inside Amy Schumer has been a massive hit in it’s sophomore season, picking up headlines and international success due to it’s sketches such as 12 Angry Men, for which Paul Giamatti is nominated for Best Guest Actor, and a sketch featuring her competitor Louis-Dreyfus, as well as Tina Fey and Patricia Arquette. Also in the running in Amy Poehler, trying to win her first Emmy for the final season of fans favourite Parks & Recreation. The only way she could win is if the Emmy voters vote in respect for her career on Parks & Rec.. Yet, as Steve Carell knows, you can’t bank on that. I’m going for Louis-Dreyfus, but Schumer is the more likely Amy to win.
- Best Comedy Supporting Actor: Tony Hale (Veep) vs. Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) vs. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) vs. Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine): This category is giving me nightmares as there is a cost to this being a category with so many great contenders- it’s so difficult to pick a winner. The obvious pick would be last year’s Ty Burrell. Yet, with Modern Family clearly on the decline, it’s hard to say that he’s going to win. Then there’s another previous winner, Tony Hale, who has a genuine chance at winning as Veep is on it’s way up, plus he’s submitted the right episode. The current favourite is Tituss Burgess, who definitely steals the show on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I can see him winning as he’s really popular as well as the great submission of the ‘Peeno Noir’ episode could see him win. The other genuine contender is Andre Braugher, a previous winner in the Best Actor in a Drama category, who is nominated for the criminally overlooked Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He really could spring a surprise as he is a recognisable name who is nominated for the second time for his performance as Ray Holt, a more comedic role than what we’re used to seeing from him, and is really excellent in Season 2. He’s probably not going to win, though, and I’m currently picking Tony Hale, which would be a decent pick as he’s so great on Veep and in everything else.
- Best Drama Supporting Actress: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) vs. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) vs. Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black): This is one category that I thought I had cracked, but over the last week I’ve completely changed my mind. I was going to go for Lena Headey, who has submitted the stunning season finale of Game of Thrones. Instead I’ve decided to go for Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, a winner for Guest Comedy Actress last year, who has moved into the Supporting Drama Actress category with ease, and Crazy Eyes is such a memorable character that is beloved by many. Also in the mix is Christina Hendricks, who could easily win if the Academy adore Mad Men and give them everything. I’m going out on a limb with Aduba, a move that I may later regret.