2014 DREAM EMMY NOMINATIONS

With Emmy nominations right around the corner, we thought it was time for one of us to do some prognosticating. Because I pay a little bit more attention than my dear wife to these things, I drew the short end of the straw. In this post, we will provide what we believe the Emmy nominations for 2014 should look like. This is in no way a prediction of what they will look like, simply what I would vote for if I had a vote.

Note —  This year’s Emmy Awards cover season one of Orange is the New Black. Therefore, certain nominations may be different than expected. For example, in the Supporting Actress category, if we were talking about season 2, my representative for OitNB would be Danielle Brooks, not Kate Mulgrew. But Taystee did not have quite as large a presence in season 1, which was more Red centric. As such, Kate Mulgrew gets the nod for season 1.

Additionally, I generally only included shows and performances for shows which I watch and am current on. That may seem obvious, but it is not necessarily so. For instance, in Actress Drama, it would be very easy for me to include Vera Farmiga, for Bates Motel, a show I like, but that I am only midway through the first season. Or to include Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, because I know how great she is just from being knowledgeable on the subject of TV. But the fact is, I’ve never watched a single episode of the show. This could make for some strange choices, but it’s the only fair way for me to make such a ballot. There are however, certain exceptions to this rule. (1) There’s no denying that The Normal Heart is going to get several nominations. As such, I’ve included a few on my ballot here, even though I’ve not yet gotten around to watching (which I hope to do soon). And (2) there are a couple categories where I simply couldn’t come up with enough “legitimate” contenders. Because of that, I threw in some for fun.

Once the real nominations come out, and sometime closer to the broadcast, we will likely be back with our “Will Win/Should Win” predictions. But for now, here’s the YBTV Blog Dream Emmy Ballot 2014:

Outstanding Drama Series:

  • Mad Men
  • Breaking Bad
  • True Detective
  • Masters of Sex
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Hannibal

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama:

  • Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Mads Mikkelsen – Hannibal

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama:

  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Diane Kruger – The Bridge
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama:

  • Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones
  • Aaron Paul — Breaking Bad
  • Jeffrey Wright — Boardwalk Empire
  • Charles Dance — Game of Thrones
  • Jack Huston — Boardwalk Empire
  • John Slattery — Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama:

  • Anna Gunn — Breaking Bad
  • Michelle Monaghan — True Detective
  • Betsy Brandt — Breaking Bad
  • Annet Mahendru — The Americans
  • Emily Bett Rickards — Arrow
  • Bex Taylor-Klaus — The Killing

Outstanding Writing Drama:

  • The Americans – Echo
  • Boardwalk Empire – Farewell Daddy Blues
  • Breaking Bad – Ozymandias
  • Mad Men – The Strategy
  • Mad Men – Waterloo
  • Master’s of Sex – Catherine

Outstanding Direction Drama:

  • The Americans – Operation Chronicle – Andrew Bernstein
  • Breaking Bad – Granite State – Peter Gould
  • Breaking Bad – Ozymandias – Rian Johnson
  • Mad Men – The Strategy – Phil Abraham
  • Mad Men – Waterloo – Matt Weiner
  • True Detective – Who Goes There – Cary Fukunaga

Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • Veep
  • Louie
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Shameless
  • Silicon Valley
  • Community

Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy: 

  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation
  • Christopher Meloni – Surviving Jack
  • Danny McBride – Eastbound and Down
  • Joel McHale – Community

Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy: 

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling – OitNB
  • Lena Dunham – Girls
  • Emmy Rossum – Shameless
  • Malin Akerman – Trophy Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy:

  • Andre Braugher — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Driver — Girls
  • Tony Hale — Veep
  • Nick Offerman — Parks and Rec
  • Albert Tsai — Trophy Wife
  • Danny Pudi — Community

Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy:

  • Anna Chlumsky — Veep
  • Kate Mulgrew — Orange is the New Black
  • Stephanie Beatrix — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Gillian Jacobs — Community
  • Julie Bowen — Modern Family
  • Nina Conti — Family Tree

Outstanding Writing Comedy:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – The Party
  • Community – Cooperative Polygraphy
  • Louie – So is the Fat Lady
  • Parks and Recreation – Moving Up
  • Shameless – There’s the Rub
  • Silicon Valley – Optimal Tip to Tip Efficiency

Outstanding Direction Comedy:

  • Community – Geothermal Escapism – Joe Russo
  • Louie – The Elevator Part 6 – Louis CK
  • Orange is the New Black – The Chickening – Andrew McCarthy
  • Raising Hope – Murder, She Hoped – Rebecca Asher
  • Shameless – Lazarus – Mary Mylod
  • Veep – Clovis – Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Miniseries/Movie:

  • Fargo
  • Luther
  • Clear History
  • *The Normal Heart
  • Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Lead Actor Miniseries/Movie:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Larry David – Clear History
  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Martin Freeman – Fargo
  • *Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
  • Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actress Miniseries/Movie:

  • *Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor
  • Rebecca Ferguson – The White Queen
  • Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven
  • *Julianne Nicholson – The Red Road
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Coven
  • *Kiernan Shipka – Flowers in the Attic

Outstanding Supporting Actor M/M:

  • *Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
  • Keith Carradine – Fargo
  • Martin Freeman – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Jon Hamm – Clear History
  • Colin Hanks – Fargo
  • Michael Keaton – Clear History

Outstanding Supporting Actress M/M:

  • Amanda Abbington – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Sienna Guillory – Luther
  • *Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart
  • Allison Tolman – Fargo
  • Kate Walsh – Fargo
  • Ruth Wilson – Luther

Outstanding Writing M/M:

  • Clear History
  • Fargo – The Crocodile’s Dilemma
  • Luther
  • Sherlock – His Last Vow
  • *The Normal Heart

Outstanding Direction M/M:

  • Clear History – Greg Mottola
  • Fargo – The Heap – Scott Winant
  • Fargo – Morton’s Fork – Matt Shankman
  • Luther – Part One – Sam Miller
  • Sherlock – His Last Vow – Nick Hurran
  • Psych The Musical – Steve Franks

-CJ

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