64th Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

Though the Oscars have always been the most buzzed-about event of awards season — and likely will be for the foreseeable future — they might no longer be the most important. Long thought to be out of touch and subject to the whims of Academy politics, the ceremony’s self-righteous sanctimony and lack of any real entertainment value would be only half tolerable even if Hollywood itself weren’t growing more stagnant each year.

This Oscar fatigue combined with the unprecedented quality of the Golden Age of television leaves the field open for the second most respected accolade in entertainment to gain some real ground in the public consciousness. It’s too bad, then, that the Emmys might be more egregious than their big screen cousin in the way they completely and arbitrarily ignore some of the most deserving candidates, instead latching onto certain performances or programs year after year.

Progress, though, is not out of the question, as reflected by this year’s largely accurate slate of drama nominees. And though the comedy side of things still leaves much to be desired, the Emmy ceremony itself, thankfully enough, is usually more than watchable. And no matter the quality of an awards show, predicting and then arguing over the outcome remains a guilty pleasure.


Supporting Comedy Actress

Should win: Kristen Wiig as various characters in Saturday Night Live

Will win: Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in Modern Family

Snubbed: Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation


Supporting Comedy Actor

Should win: Max Greenfield as Schmidt in New Girl

Will win: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family

Snubbed: Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation

Best Comedy Actress

Should win: Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation

Will win: Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in Girls

Snubbed: Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry in Community

Best Comedy Actor

Should win: Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie

Will win: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory

Snubbed: Joel McHale as Jeff Winger in Community

Supporting Drama Actress

Should win: Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad

Will win: Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey

Snubbed: Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

Supporting Drama Actor

Should win: Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in Breaking Bad

Will win: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones

Snubbed: Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody in Boardwalk Empire

Lead Drama Actress

Should win: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

Will win: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife

Snubbed: Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy

Lead Drama Actor

Should win: Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

Will win: Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

Snubbed: Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified