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And the Emmy Award goes to . . .



The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, September 22 - with the always entertaining Neil Patrick Harris as the host - and today the nominations were announced. Below is a list of the major categories with my hopeful predictions in pink.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones (I've not seen this show yet, but I've read so many great things about it)
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep (since Parks and Recreation didn't receive a nomination, I'm voting for this funny show)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (it would be so nice if Mr. Hamm finally won, but I have a feeling Mr. Spacey will be honored this year)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (tough category, but I have to go with the fabulous Ms. Farmiga)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Nashville
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding 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

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

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (I would love to see her finally win)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding 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

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (she's never won for her hilarious performance as Jenna Maroney so let's give it to her)
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock (another tough category, but I gotta give it to the brilliant Ms. Stritch)

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra (my gut instinct says that this movie is this year's favorite to win all the awards)
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake (since this amazing actress never wins for Mad Men, maybe she'll finally receive an Emmy in this category)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum (the best psycho of the season)
Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum (she definitely deserves an award for her wonderful performance)
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias


Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Mel Brooks Strikes Back!
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)
12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Breaking Bad (two nominations)
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Episodes (I predict that 30 Rock will probably win, but I'm voting for this amusing show)
Louie
The Office
30 Rock (two nominations)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra
The Hour
Parade's End
Phil Spector
Top of the Lake

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Portlandia
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)
66th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
House of Cards

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Girls
Glee
Louie
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Behind the Candelabra
The Girl
Phil Spector
Ring of Fire
Top of the Lake

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Show With David Letterman
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors
London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Louis C.K.: Oh My God
The Oscars
12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
"Nothing in This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again", Nashville
"More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway", The Neighbors
"I Heard Your Voice in a Dream" and "Hang the Moon", Smash
"Rural Juror", 30 Rock (I have to give it to 30 Rock for its VERY original and amusing song - but I wouldn't be upset if either Nashville or Smash won)
"If I Had Time", 66th Annual Tony Awards

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