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Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, True Detective

-Where is Orphan Black.

-I'm surprised that True Detective isn't being considered a Miniseries. American Horror Story is considered one because of it's format/cast/story changing every season, which is what True Detective is doing. So why is it in the Drama category?

Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Veep

-Big Bang Theory and Modern Family have been mainstays on this list for a few years. I wouldn't be surprised if Louie or Orange is the New Black took it this year.


American Horror Story: Coven, Bonnie and Clyde, Fargo, Luther, Treme, The White Queen

-AHS is always popular, but it never wins. Could this be the year?

TV Movie

Killing Kennedy, Muhammed Ali's Greatest Fight, The Normal Heart, Sherlock: His Last Vow, The Trip to Bountiful

-I'm also surprised that Sherlock individual episodes are listed as a TV Movie, rather than the season as a whole being a Miniseries, which makes more sense to me, but eh what am I going to do.

-I think Normal Heart may take this. I plan to watch it before the Emmys, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews.

Actor in a Drama

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")

-No one is surprised by any of these. Will Jeff Daniels have a repeat of last year, Bryan Cranston win one final time for Walter White, or will newbies to the category Matthew McConaughey or Woody Harrelson take it?

Actress in a Drama

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")

-Alright. Where is Tatiana Maslany. She has been snubbed for the second year in a row and it's getting ridiculous. If you are unfamiliar with her show, Orphan Black, it's about clones. And she plays every single one. She's brilliant and highly under-appreciated.

-That being said, these are all wonderful ladies who deserve to be nominated.

-But. Where is Tatiana Maslany.

Actor in a Comedy

Louis C.K ("Louie"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"), Ricky Gervais ("Derek"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), William H. Macy ("Shameless"), Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")

-Are we looking at another repeat for Jim Parsons? Or is someone else going to take it this year?

Actress in a Comedy

Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Taylor Schilling ("Orange Is the New Black")

-I love the wide range of nominees in this category. But for this year, I'm on team Taylor Schilling

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")

-This category is full of high profile (and all deserving) names. From everything I've heard though, I think Mark Ruffalo has it in the bag.

Actress in a 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 to Bountiful")

-Maybe AHS can take one of these?

Reality Competition Program

"The Amazing Race", "Dancing With the Stars", "Project Runway", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Top Chef", "The Voice"

-The Voice took away Amazing Race's impressive streak last year. Will they do it again? I'm a huge fan of underdog So You Think You Can Dance, so I would be super happy if they nabbed it from underneath everybody.

Supporting Actor in a 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")

-I think Peter Dinklage deserves another Emmy, no?

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), Joanne Froggatt ("Downton Abbey"), Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones"), Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife"), Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men")

-Another loaded category that could go any way. Will Anna Gunn repeat from last year?

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Paul Giamatti ("Downton Abbey"), Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife"), Reg E. Cathey ("House of Cards"), Robert Morse ("Mad Men"), Beau Bridges ("Masters of Sex"), Joe Morton ("Scandal")

-This category is full of brand new names, and this one is anyone's game.

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Margo Martindale ("The Americans"), Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones"), Kate Mara ("House of Cards"), Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex"), Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom"), Kate Burton ("Scandal")

-I am a big fan of Kate Burton on Scandal, I would love to see her win.

Writing for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett ("Breaking Bad"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad"), David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ("Game of Thrones"), Beau Willimon ("House of Cards") Nic Pizzolatto ("True Detective")

-People are calling for True Detective, but I don't think it's a sure win...

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Adam Driver ("Girls"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Fred Armisen ("Portlandia"), Tony Hale ("Veep")

-This category is full of the usuals. It basically comes down to which one is going to win this year?

Supporting Actress in a 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")

-Kate Mulgrew. Done.

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Bob Newhart ("The Big Bang Theory"), Nathan Lane ("Modern Family"), Steve Buscemi ("Portlandia"), Jimmy Fallon ("Saturday Night Live"), Louis C.K. ("Saturday Night Live"), Gary Cole ("Veep")

-Nathan Lane has been nominated before for playing Pepper Saltzman on Modern Family. I finally want to see him win.

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Natasha Lyonne ("Orange Is the New Black"), Uzo Aduba ("Orange Is the New Black"), Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black"), Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live"), Melissa McCarthy ("Saturday Night Live"), Joan Cusack ("Shameless")

-Congrats to the OITNB ladies for almost taking this category, especially Laverne Cox, for being the first tansgender person nominated for an Emmy.

-But honestly, I would be happy with anyone in this category taking it.

Writing for a Comedy Series

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik ("Episodes"), Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan ("Orange Is the New Black"), Alec Berg ("Silicon Valley"), Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci ("Veep")

-I may be biased, but OITNB has to win this. They delivered a brilliant second season, which is not easy to do. Every episode was better than the previous, leading to an awesome finale. They deserve this one.

Supporting Actor in a 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")

-Another category dominated by one show, this time it's HBO's The Normal Heart. Wouldn't be surprised at all if one of them took it.

Supporting Actress in a 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")

-This is another category where AHS may take it. Considering everyone loved Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett.

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Brad Falchuk ("American Horror Story: Coven"), Noah Hawley ("Fargo"), Neil Cross ("Luther"), Larry Kramer ("The Normal Heart"), Steven Moffat ("Sherlock: His Last Vow"), David Simon and Eric Overmyer ("Treme")

-I think this may be the one that if Normal Heart doesn't take it, Sherlock may shine. It's the best one of the three episode season, and definitely deserves the nom.

Host for Reality or 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")

-Cat Deeley never wins. Let her win.


Jeremy Irons ("Game of Lions"), Daniel Craig ("One Life"), Jane Lynch ("Penguins: Waddle All the Way"), Henry Strozier ("Too Cute!"), Whoopi Goldberg ("Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley")

-Guys, I didn't even know this was a category. I'm not familiar with these shows so I have no comment, but how cool is this?

Animated Program

"Archer", "Bob's Burgers ", "Futurama", "South Park", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project"

-Simpsons wasn't nominated. Hm. This is new.

-But South Park is still going strong. Another Emmy for them maybe?


Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars"), Christopher Scott ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Mandy Moore ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Napoleon Dumo ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Travis Wall ("So You Think You Can Dance")

-Yay for SYTYCD dominating, but there's a couple of things that make me pause...

-Why is Napoleon Dumo not nominated with his wife? (The pair together are known as Nappytabs)

-And for our second huge snub of the evening: Where is Sonya Tayeh?!?! She's one of the best on the show and I always look forward to her routines.

-That being said, Travis Wall did some amazing stuff last season, and would love to see him take it.


"Childlike Imagination" (General Imagination), "Hero's Welcome" (Budweiser), "Misunderstood" (Apple), "Possibilities" (Nike), "Puppy Love" (Budweiser)

-If the Puppy one doesn't win, I'm going to cry as hard as I did when I watched the original commercial.

There's a ton more, but I'm not one of those people to try and comment on things that I'm not knowledgeable about (editing, designs, things like that)

So, check out the full and complete list HERE

So what do you guys think? What are you most excited (or not) about?


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