Outstanding Drama Series
An extremely strong category this year, I’m expecting this to be a showdown between critical favorites “Boardwalk Empire” and “Mad Men.” “The Good Wife” has some strong support, but I doubt it’ll be enough to topple those two. I would love to see “Friday Night Lights” take home the gold for its outstanding final season, but I don’t think it has much of a chance. Nor do the great “Game of Thrones” and the tired “Dexter.”
Should Win: “Friday Night Lights”
Will Win: “Mad Men”
Outstanding Comedy Series
I’m almost certain this award will go to last year’s victor, “Modern Family,” considering virtually every actor from that show was nominated this year. But it would be unwise to discount three-time winner “30 Rock,” which rebounded from last year’s lackluster season. “Glee” has mostly worn out its welcome and “The Office” isn’t aging particularly well. My heart lies with the wonderful, under-watched “Parks and Recreation,” but I fear it doesn’t have much of a shot, nor does “The Big Bang Theory.”
Should Win: “Parks and Recreation”
Will Win: “Modern Family”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
With Bryan Cranston out of the running, I predict that “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm will finally take home his long-deserved Emmy. “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi still has a chance, though, and I would be ecstatic to see Kyle Chandler receive his due for “Friday Night Lights.” Hugh Laurie’s (“House”) Emmy success has probably run its course. Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) and Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) will likely be overshadowed by the more prestigious nominees.
Should Win: Jon Hamm
Will Win: Jon Hamm
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Please let Connie Britton win this award. Her heartfelt performance as Tami Taylor has carried “Friday Night Lights” for five years. Of course, I wouldn’t be outraged to see a win for the outstanding Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”). Unfortunately, Kathy Bates, star of the wretched “Harry’s Law,” may be the favorite here. Julianna Marguiles (“The Good Wife”) also has a very good chance at winning and Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) could be a dark horse. Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: SVU”) is just here to fill the category.
Should Win: Connie Britton
Will Win: Kathy Bates
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K. (“Louie”) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) were wonderful this year, but Steve Carell was even better in his farewell season of “The Office.” Last year’s winner, Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), has quite a few fans, but I think he’ll go home empty handed. As will Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”) and Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”).
Should Win: Steve Carell
Will Win: Steve Carell
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
I haven’t heard much about Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”) and Martha Plimpton’s (“Raising Hope”) performances, which I’ll take as a sign that they haven’t garnered as much buzz as the other nominees. The always fantastic Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) and, my personal pick, Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), will suffer when compared to the more nuanced, dramatic performances from Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”) and frontrunner Laura Linney (“The Big C”).
Should Win: Amy Poehler
Will Win: Laura Linney
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominees: Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age”), Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Walton Goggins (“Justified”), John Slattery (“Mad Men”)
Should Win: Peter Dinklage
Will Win: John Slattery
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominees: Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Margo Martindale (“Justified”), Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”)
Should Win: Christina Hendricks
Will Win: Kelly Macdonald
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominees: Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), Chris Colfer (“Glee”), Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)
Should Win: Ty Burrell
Will Win: Chris Colfer
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominees: Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”), Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”)
Should Win: Sofia Vergara
Will Win: Jane Lynch
Matt Kafoury is the web editor of the Trinitonian. He is a senior communication major from St. Louis, Mo.