Emmys 2015: Pros and Cons of Drama Category Contenders (Part 2)

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I want to get this done before the Emmys on Sunday, so let’s get to it.

Best Drama Supporting Actor

Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)– Pro: He’s been nominated for this character before with Breaking Bad. He has possibly the best submission of any contender, as the episode was dedicated to his character. Con: It’s the first season for Better Call Saul, so we don’t know how the show will do. He never won for this character on Breaking Bad, preferring co-star Aaron Paul. 1st Place.

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)– Pro: He’s been nominated for 4 consecutive seasons now, every time he’s been eligible for this category, despite strong competition. Con: He’s never won before and he’s pretty much been in 5th or 6th every year. 5th Place.

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)– Pro: He’s made it back into this category, 4 years after his last nomination for The Good Wife. Con: The Good Wife missed out on some important nominations, including Drama Series and Drama Actress. They often prefer his co-stars, like Josh Charles, in this category than Cumming. 6th Place.

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)– Pro: He’s a previous winner. Game of Thrones has had it’s strongest Emmy showing yet, making it the favourite to win Best Drama Series. Con: A lot of people have said that it’s not his strongest season. 2nd Place.

Michael Kelly (House of Cards)– Pro: House of Cards has performed very well with the acting branch, and many were impressed with Kelly this season. Con: He’s never been nominated before, begging the question whether they like him on the show. 4th Place.

Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)– Pro: He’s very strong on the show and he managed to get in on his acting ability alone, as they aren’t massive fans of Bloodline and he’s not a household name. Con: Bloodline isn’t really on the radar of the Academy, showed by them only receiving 2 nominations. 3rd Place.

Best Drama Supporting Actress

Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)– Pro: She won last year in the Comedy Guest Actress category for the same character and has moved into drama with ease. She’s got a good submission and it could be a place for the Academy to award OITNB. Con: She’s the only member of the show’s ensemble that managed to get a nomination, and she could be too comedic for the Academy’s taste. 2nd Place.

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)– Pro: She’s a beloved television actress who has 1 Emmy win from 14 nominations, with 6 of those nods coming for The Good Wife. She’s a double nominee this year. Con: If they love her on the show, she would have won by now. 5th Place.

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)– Pro: She’s a previous nominee who has beaten out tough competition, like Maggie Smith, to get a nomination. She’s also in one of the biggest shows on TV. Con: She’s often outshone by her co-stars, such as Lena Headey, and she doesn’t have a very good submission. 6th Place.

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)– Pro: She won a Golden Globe earlier this year for this character and she managed to get a nomination over her double Oscar-winning co-star Maggie Smith. Con: She’s more of a background character. Her submission doesn’t have any stand-out moments for her. 4th Place.

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)– Pro: She had stand-out moments throughout last season and is nominated here for the second consecutive year. It’s GoT’s best shot at an acting win. Con: She doesn’t appear until 45 minutes into her episode, and then she’s using a body double. 1st Place.

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)– Pro: This is her 6th nomination and she’s yet to win. This is her last chance to win for playing Joan. Con: Mad Men’s yet to win an acting award and, if it was to be broken, they would likely give Best Actor to Jon Hamm. 3rd Place.

Best Drama Directing

Boardwalk Empire (“Eldorado“)– Pro: The show is a two-time winner in this category, and is the only show of the nominees to win here. Con: It premiered it’s final season almost a year ago, and this is it’s only major nomination. 3rd Place.

Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy“)– Pro: It’s a stand-out episode from Season 4 and proves that Game of Thrones is one of the best directed shows on TV. Con: The show is yet to win in this category and this category could clash with the other episode nominated. 1st Place.

Game of Thrones (“Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken“)– Pro: Game of Thrones has received more nominations than any other show, and it will get more votes if the voters prefer this episode to “Mother’s Mercy“. Con: It’ll lose votes to the other episode, and the show hasn’t feared to well in this category, with only 2 nominations here before this year. 4th Place.

Homeland (“From A to B and Back Again“)– Pro: The show is nominated for Best Drama Series. Con: Homeland doesn’t have the support that it used to have, and it’s unlikely to win in any categories. 5th Place.

The Knick (“Method and Madness“)– Pro: It has by far the most famous director, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, and the most famous director usually wins, proved by Martin Scorsese and David Fincher’s recent wins in this category. Con: It’s the show’s only major nomination, not even getting in for star Clive Owen. 2nd Place.

Best Drama Writing

The Americans (“Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep“)– Pro: It won last week for Margo Martindale’s cameo appearance in the Guest Acting category, showing that the show has support. Con: It’s the show’s only nomination and it’s first nomination in this category. 5th Place.

Better Call Saul (“Five-O“)– Pro: Breaking Bad won this category last year, and this spin-off of it has a lot of support, showed by it’s Drama Series nomination. Con: It’s a new show and an unknown screenwriter, so we don’t know how it’ll do. 4th Place.

Game of Thrones (“Mother’s Mercy“)– Pro: It’s the same episode that’s the favourite in directing, and if the show sweeps up, it’ll win here. Con: It’s a show that isn’t known for it’s writing. It’s more likely to win in directing for this episode. 2nd Place.

Mad Men (“Lost Horizon“)– Pro: The show has 3 wins from 15 nominations in this category. Con: It could clash with the other episode of Mad Men, and the show hasn’t won here for 5 years.  3rd Place.

Mad Men (“Person to Person“)– Pro: It’s the finale of the beloved show and Emmy favourite. As it’s already won 3 times here, it’s the most likely place it’ll be rewarded. Con: It could clash with “Lost Horizon“. 1st Place.

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday 20th September 2015. Keep checking back for my *FINAL* Emmy predictions.


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