2014 Emmy Predictions


The 2014 Primetime Emmys were announced yesterday and they were their usual collection of insanity. You really shouldn’t take awards too seriously since they are so objective, but I really don’t take the Emmys seriously since they have a very checkered history with whom and what they have chosen to honor. The Emmys tend to reward the same people and shows over and over and historically have overlooked shows that are definitely worth some Emmy love.

But with those caveats, the nominations this year are a little better than they have been in the past. Of course there are still some omissions – nothing for Hannibal is a tragedy – and I will never understand the Emmy’s fascination with Modern Family, but the fact that Netflix received so many nominations is much more forward thinking than I would have expected. This year’s nomination are historic on two fronts: this marks the first time that The Simpsons has failed to nab a nomination since 1995 and Laverne Cox’s nomination for Orange is the New Black marks the first nomination for a transgendered actor.

The Emmys and I rarely agree, so take my predictions with a big old grain of salt, but below is the list of nominees in major categories as well as my best guess as to who will walk away with a statue. My predictions aren’t necessarily who I want to win, but who I think will win.


Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley


Projected winner: Modern Family. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


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

Projected Winner: Julia Louis Dreyfus. She is a comedic force of nature and a known quantity to voters, so I think she emerge the winner.


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

Projected Winner: Jim Parsons.


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

Projected winner: Tony Hale. I’m betting big on the Emmy realizing the awesomeness of Veep.


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

Projected winner: Allison Janney.


Best Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

Projected Winner: Breaking Bad. Lots of worthy options here, but since this is their last rodeo I’m guessing that Heisenberg and the gang win.


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

Projected Winner; Claire Danes. Homeland is borderline unwatchable now, but the Emmys usually lag a little behind.


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

Projected Winner: Matthew McConaughey. I think that as a society, we all want McConaughey to try for the EGOT. And Jon Hamm will never win because that is that poor gorgeous man’s unfair lot in life.


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

Projected Winner: Peter Dinklage. I think this will be the only win for Game of Thrones.


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

Projected Winner: Anna Gunn.


Best Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven

Bonnie & Clyde




The White Queen

Projected Winner: Fargo


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

Projected Winner: Cicely Tyson


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

Projected Winner: Billy Bob Thornton


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

Projected Winner: Martin Freeman. I’m guessing all The Normal Heart nominees will cancel each other out.


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

Projected Winner: Julia Roberts. Emmy voters love to recognize movie stars. Though I would LOVE for Ellen Burstyn to win, just so that Flowers in the Attic will forever been known as an Emmy winner.


Outstanding Animated Program


Bob’s Burgers


South Park

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

Projected Winner: Bob’s Burgers


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

Projected Winner: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (complete shot in the dark)


Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race

So You Think You Can Dance

Dancing with the Stars

Top Chef

Project Runway

The Voice

Projected Winner: 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

Projected Winner: The Colbert Report. This was a tough one – like picking my favorite child.


Children’s Program


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

Projected Winner: Nick News With Linda Ellerbee. It sounds like this is a “very special” issue that they would want to recognize.


Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama

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

Projected Winner: Beau Bridges


Outstanding 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

Projected Winner: Jane Fonda


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Steve Buscemi, Portlandia

Jimmy Fallon, SNL

Louis C.K., SNL

Gary Cole, Veep

Projected Winner: Bob Newhart


Outstanding 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, SNL

Melissa McCarthy, SNL

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Projected Winner: Tina Fey


The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony will air Monday August 25th on NBC


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