Five Emmy Awards That Must Happen

Fingers crossed

The 67th Emmy Awards are this Sunday (you can see the nominations here), and the experts have made their predictions (this may actually be Jon Hamm’s year), but instead of focusing on who will win, let’s talk about the nominees who should win.

Some of them may have outside chances, but they all deserve to bring home that Emmy gold.


OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Robin Wright, House of Cards

The Emmy must go to:

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This is, without a doubt, the toughest category. Viola Davis is the expert pick, and she deserves it, as does Taraji P. Henson, who gave us one delicious Cookie. But how satisfying would it be for Tatiana Maslany to take the prize after being unjustly ignored in the past because of genre snobbery.

It’s unlikely to happen (and this season of Orphan Black was not the strongest), but it would be wonderful if it were to happen.


OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

The Emmy must go to:

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the expert pick to win her fourth consecutive Emmy for Veep, and she’s always deserving (as are all of these nominees), but Lisa Kudrow brought Valerie Cherish back after a decade, and lost none of the bite, anguish, and desperation in this performance.

But damn, then there’s Lily, and this is Amy Poehler’s last chance for Parks & Recreation. Nope, it’s got to be Lisa.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A 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

The Emmy must go to:

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Tony Hale is the expert pick to win his second Emmy, but Tituss as Titus is a revelation, bringing humor and heart to what could be a one-dimensional character.


OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

The Emmy must go to:

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Jeffrey Tambor is the expert pick, and hey, they’ve got it right!

This is Jeffrey’s seventh nomination (four times for The Larry Sanders Show and twice for Arrested Development), and this will finally be his year. As trans woman Maura, Jeffrey gives a remarkable, sensitive performance.

And this will take some of the sting out of him never having a nomination for his greatest role, as Jeffrey P. Brookes III on The Ropers.


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Mo’Nique, Bessie
Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

The Emmy must go to:

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Overshadowed in the past by the more showy roles from her AHS, co-stars, this is Sarah’s time to shine, and she’s the expert pick.

I mean, she has two heads. And both were separate and distinct personalities.


That’s five, but let’s do one more for the hell of it.

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

The Emmy must go to:

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Oh well, maybe next year.

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Okay, your turn! What is your must Emmy win?

The 67th Emmy Awards air on Sunday at 8 PM ET on Fox

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