Predictions for the 67th annual Emmy Awards

Yesterday morning, the nominees for the anticipated Emmys 2015 which honors annually the best of what television offered were announced. It will be hosted by funnyman SNL alum and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.

This year’s Emmy Awards do add some new faces to the usual mix of nominees, which needs to be noted. This makes me hope for increasing improvements in the TV world which doesn’t always take progressive stances. It has been known and proven that there are disparities in representation of women and characters from different ethnicity and backgrounds not only on television but throughout the media. It is important to remember that art is subjective and the selected few who are recognized are chosen by a closed group of people working in the industry. Obviously, their choices can’t surpass everything that is out there to view. They also make some recurrent and expected choices (nominees) which arguably take the spotlight off of other deserving shows and actors. I particularly think of shows such as Modern Family, Downton Abbey and Mad Man to only name a few that come as no surprise.

However, the past months there has been important discussions about accepting others and our differences which has been inspirational and helpful in shedding light on subjects matters that usually have little exposure in mainstream media. For instance, there has been openness towards dialogue about the transgender community recently, especially Caitlyn Jenner and Lavern Cox’ interviews and outspokenness about their journeys. This progress gives foices to people who sadly often marginalized. This one reason why it is great to see the Emmys recognizing Transparent in which Jeffrey Tambor portrays a person who is transgender. The list of nominees also includes many Netflix Original series that have been added to the race: Orange Is The New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Card, Grace & Frankie as well as Bloodline to name a few. This is an interesting development, since this new form of television watching (sometimes binge-watching) has gain popularity in the last few years and has now the chance to be acknowledge on a larger scale.

Some nominees appear to be stand-outs and seem to have a greater chance in winning this year. Indeed, many nominations are for “Game of Thrones” (24, to be exact) which I think will beat out the overextended run of “Modern Family” (6 nominations/ 21 wins). Also following the backlash of last year’s Emmy Awards, notably Tatiana Maslany’s snub will probably be rectified with a golden statuette. She will finally have recognition for her work on Orphan Black, where she brilliantly portrays six clones with such range and nuance. In comedy, there is buzz for Amy Schumer with her show Inside Amy Schumer and her recent leap to the big screen as well as for first-time nominee The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

The following are some of my personal picks or rather a wishlist for the winners in acting categories. Feel free to post your own thoughts and predictions!

The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 20th on Fox.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
“Veep”

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”

Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”

Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

“Drunk History”

“Inside Amy Schumer”

“Key & Peele”

“Portlandia”

“Saturday Night Live”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”

Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”

Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”

Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”

Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”

Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”

Beau Bridges, “Masters Of Sex”

Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Rachel Brosnahan, “House Of Cards”

Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”

Allison Janney, “Masters Of Sex”

Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Adam Driver, “Girls”

Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Tony Hale, “Veep”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Allison Janney, “Mom”

Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live”

Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”

Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

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