Allison Predicts the 2013 Emmy Awards Winners

     September 21, 2013


The 2013 Emmy Awards have arrived and will air this Sunday, during which most of us will be watching / going into emotional duress from Breaking Bad.  But for those watching the awards and keeping up with the winners, losers, snubs and surprises (and potentially putting money on it), after the jump are my predictions for this year.  The exact alchemy, casting of runes, meditation and throwing of darts that make up my patented formula cannot be revealed, but I will share the results — without taking any responsibility for what actually happens.  Hit the jump for who everyone thinks will win, who should win, and a few upset picks to keep things interesting

veep-tony-hale-julia-louis-dreyfusOutstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:
Adam Driver, Girls 
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family 
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep (should)

Who Will Win: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Upset Pick: Adam Driver, Girls

Who Should Win: Tony Hale, Veep

Ty Burrell is virtually a lock in this category, but there’s buzz about Adam Driver’s chances, too.  Though I despised where the script went in this season of Girls, Driver did have a stand-out performance. Tony Hale is critically loved, but won’t win.  Ed O’Neill is underrated on the show, but his chances are also slim.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family 
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock 
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Who Will Win: Someone from Modern Family (probably Julie Bowen but could be Sofia Vergara)

modern-family-julie-bowen-ty-burrellUpset Pick Who Should Win: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Bowen has been a repeat winner in this category, even though Vergara deserves some of that love as well.  And as much as everyone is talking about nostalgia votes for 30 Rock, no one is mentioning Krakowski, because no one ever does.  She’s been a comedic force on that show even when it went through questionable times.  She deserves it, but it will truly be out of left field if she is recognized for it.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock 
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development 
Louis C.K., Louie 
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Who Will and Should Win: Louis C.K., Louie

Upset Pick: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development 

louie-louis-ckLouis C.K. is on a roll and getting a lot of love from critics in other awards in the year (which admittedly means nothing when it comes to the Emmys, but I have a spidey sense).  Because Arrested Development was curiously shut out of so many other categories for acting as well as Best Comedy, there could be a vote of acknowledgement for Bateman, even though this performance didn’t feel as strong as his original one.  And of course, there are veteran winners Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons, either of whom could easily take the statue.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep 
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Upset Pick: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Dark Horse: Laura Dern, Enlightened

parks-and-recreation-amy-poehlerI can’t get into coulds and shoulds here — there’s just a lot of talent.  Tina Fey may get love as acknowledgement for her years on 30 Rock, but others may feel it’s finally time to give her friend Amy Poehler recognition for a long-snubbed role.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the lead pick on most lists (and she is great), but I would go with Poehler to possibly take it. There’s also a slight chance that Enlightenedfans’ clamoring as made some impact on voters, especially now that the show is over, but it’s unlikely to show here.

Comedy Series
30 Rock 
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Who Will Win: Modern Family

Upset Pick Who Should Win: Louie

People who are saying Modern Family should win this have not been paying attention.  The most recent season delivered some laughs, but it was not at all as strong as prior seasons.  Still, it’s a perennial voter favorite.  Sometimes the voters like to congratulate themselves on an “edgy” pick though, and Louie could get that nod because it’s innovative, yet lacks the controversy of Girls.  30 Rock will probably also be in the mix for nostalgia’s sake, but I would be surprised if it took home the gold (I’ve been surprised before!)  Veep had an outstanding year, but I don’t think it will be rewarded for it here.

breaking-bad-say-my-name-jonathan-banksOutstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Who Will Win: Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Upset Pick: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

Emotional Choice: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Even though Emmy voters are not supposed to look at current episodes of a show that is airing past the voting cutoff, who can ignore Breaking Bad?  Aaron Paul always deserves recognition, but Jonathan Banks gave an outstanding performance last year as well.  Mandy Patinkin deserved a nomination last year, so a win here could be a reward, even though this wasn’t Homeland‘s best effort.  But he’s an older actor, and voters have historically liked that (see the next category for more on that).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Who Will Win: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Upset Pick Who Should Probably Win: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

downton-abbey-maggie-smithI love Dame Maggie Smith.  She’s a continual bright spot on Downton when the rest of the show has faltered.  She showcased even more of her talents this year too, counseling members of the family on a range of tragedies, holding everyone together.  But Anna Gunn has been so incredible in her role as Skyler White, especially as Skyler has had to deal with many more problems regarding Walt’s transgressions.  Of course, don’t forget Christina Hendricks for an emotional turn on Mad Men this year; but when competing against those other two, her chances feel slight.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Close Second: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Upset Pick: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyBryan Cranston.  I mean, of course, right?  But Kevin Spacey might sneak into the mix for his portrayal of D.C. power player Frank Underwood on Netflix’s House of Cards.  His performance was outstanding, but more outstanding than Cranston’s?  Always keep Jon Hamm in the mix as well.  Just because Mad Men has lost its favored status doesn’t mean voters have forgotten it.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland 
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Who Will Win: Claire Danes, Homeland

Close Second: Kerry Washington, Scandal

Upset Pick Who Should Win: Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

For all of the issues Homeland had last year, Claire Danes was not one of them.  Her emotional performance is always a highlight.  Having said that, Bates Motel viewers will know that Vera Farmiga gave one of the most unusual and spellbinding takes her character Norma that could have been imagined, and she is the definition of a stand-out role.  Still, Kerry Washington is a strong pick for Scandal, a zeitgeist favorite, as her portrayal of the deeply conflicted Olivia Pope.

breaking-bad-fifty-one-bryan-cranstonDrama Series
Breaking Bad 
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones 
House of Cards
Mad Men

Who Will Win and Should Win: Breaking Bad

Upset Pick: You’re joking. Ok, I guess House of Cards.

All the awards.  All of ’em.  And next year, too.  The Breaking Bad juggernaut is cresting, and Emmy voters who weren’t convinced by its spectacular collection of episodes last year are probably feeling the love right now from its last few.  Still, Houses of Cards could be a contender, and way in the back, Game of Thrones might make a play (though keep in mind the voters don’t usually like fantasy enough to give it the biggest prizes).

Miniseries or Movie
Behind the Candelabra 
American Horror Story
Top of the Lake
Phil Spector
The Bible
Political Animals 

Who Will Win: Behind the Candelabra

Upset Pick: American Horror Story

behind-the-candelabra-matt-damon-michael-douglasWho Should Win: Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake was incredible, and should scoop up awards where it can.  Sadly, this category is unlikely to be one of them.  Behind the Candelabra was a lot more high profile and likely to win, though American Horror Story has seemed to haunt viewers (and think pieces) all year.

Final Thoughts

There’s always going to be at least one winner (or loser) who is going to shock the pants off of everyone, but that is of course impossible to guess.  My shocking upset pick is going to be Mad Men for Best Drama. It’s not that shocking in the scheme of things, and yet, it kind of would be this year.  Any major Mad Men awards would be interesting this year given the people and shows that the nominees are up against, so if you want a real upset pick, look there first.

The Emmy Awards air September 22 at 8 p.m.  Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting.