SoapView's final Emmy predictions are. The Emmys telecast airs Monday, August 25 on NBC at 8PM EST, hosted by Seth Meyers. Proceed with caution!
Outstanding Drama Series
This category has been rather repetitive in the past few years, presenting the same contenders, always. The usuals, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Game of Thrones are here, as well as sophomore House of Cards and rookie MINISERIES, True Detective. (It's a miniseries. No more discussion) Many early frontrunners, The Good Wife, The Americans, Scandal are not here, which caused a vast amount of the annual snubbing articles on July 11th.
What Should Win: Breaking Bad. The unforgettable drama's swan song was on for the books, and most surely should be recognized by the Television Academy.
What Will Win: Breaking Bad. The unforgettable drama's swan song will most surely be recognized by the Television Academy.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family has such a great amount of heat heading into this year's ceremony. Two possible scenarios linger: ABC's smart and simplistic family mockumentary wins for the 5th straight time, tying the all-time record currently held by Frasier, or Netflix's outrageously witty, yet raunchy hourlong drama, Orange is the New Black, (that acts as a comedy) cuts Modern's streak short with a not surprising upset.
What Should Win: Modern Family. The show hit a low in the past 2 years creatively, and didn't look to get out of it until this past eligible season, the fifth, which experienced a much needed creative rejuvenation. Modern soon retrieved its theoretical stance as network TV's best comedy series this past year.
What Will Win: Modern Family. The Television Academy just adores it. There's no going back now, now there is a reason not to.
Fargo appears to be the only participating contender in this resurrected category. American Horror Story: Coven was a bomb with fans, yet a hit with critics alike. Fargo, based off of the Academy Award-winning '90s film, brought wit, charm, and humor while still managing an off-beat suspense theme to television in its first, contained season. Oh, and somehow Treme and Luther are now "miniseries", despite being in their fourth, continuous seasons. This is where the Television Academy can now take notes from the Hollywood Foreign Press, of the Golden Globe Awards, and their newly revised regulations about what it means to be a series and a miniseries. **cough, True Detective** It's whatever.
What Should Win: Fargo. With Academy Award-winner Billy Bob at the forefront, the off-color black comedy was one of the most lauded pieces of television of this past calendar year.
What Will Win: Fargo. Shall Coven upset, we shall lose all faith in the Television Academy.
Outstanding Television Movie
Is there really discussion on this one? No, but it should be point out that returning nominee Sherlock nabbed 3 wins at last week's Creative Arts Emmys, while sure-fire bet, The Normal Heart won zero.
What Should Win: The Normal Heart. The chilling performances and riveting writing is what made this HBO film from Ryan Murphy.
What Will Win: The Normal Heart. It's got everything going for it. The social premise, the stellar pedigree, stunning cast...
Lead Actor: Matthew McConaughey. His variating and broad performance in the HBO miniseries (oops, drama series!) was noteworthy and just enough to overlook Bryan Cranston's Bad swan song.
Lead Actress: Julianna Margulies. The Good Wife experienced a creative rejuvenation that landed the ER vet some of her best material yet this past season. Look for Kerry Washington to upset, becoming the first African American woman to win the award.
Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul. We all want it to be Josh Charles, it belongs to Josh Charles, it is Josh Charles'. However, it looks as if Charles and his mesmerizing work in his swan song episode will simply overlooked, for the history-making Paul for Breaking Bad.
Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn. Her masterful work is overly-worthy of honor and puts her past all of her nominees... Except Bellamy Young, but that's for another day.
Lead Actor: Jim Parsons. Perhaps one of this year's more challenging categories to foresee, but it shouldn't be. Although, strongly look at Ricky Gervais to pull a historical upset for his small Netflix series, Derek, in way of what he managed to do in 2007 for Extras in this category.
Lead Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. For the 3-peat, but watch out for 2011 winner, Mike & Molly 's Melissa McCarthy, who just happened to sneak her way into this category once again. Her episode was the most moving and covered all corners of emotion and humor.
Supporting Actor: Jesse Tyler Ferguson. I'm going out on a limb for this one, as I'll probably be proven wrong as Tony Hale will most likely score a 2nd consecutive Emmy for his portrayal in Veep. The Academy clearly adores Ferguson, with him being one of the few Modern Family actors to be nominated every eligible year. His submission was his best to date, and once again, covered all corners of comedy. But watch out for Ty Burrell.
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney. No one else compares to her performance in MOM. She's just funny. And who knows, maybe she'll move up to Lead Actress next year, like she did on The West Wing? And yep, she'd still win there. She & Anna Faris redefine traditional, multi-cam comedy with MOM.
Lead Actor: Mark Ruffalo. Although the Oscar-nominee, could be triumphed over by Oscar-winner, Billy Bob Thornton. The "namecheck" factor could kick in here, but we hope this one is performance-determined, because Ruffalo's is one for books. Absolutely masterful.
Lead Actress: Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful).
Who else? Jessica Lange? No. Coven shall not be rewarded.
Supporting Actor: Matt Bomer. No one compares to work of art he created.
Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts, also of The Normal Heart. Although, wouldn't it be just great to see commercial bit-actress, unknown Allison Tolman of Fargo, defeat the three Oscar-winners, Burstyn, Roberts, Bates, Oscar-nominee, Bassett, and beloved Globe-winner, Frances Conroy in this category on Monday? It'd be awesome, and it actually is rather likely. But Julia's acting is beautiful in Heart...
Because she's Julia Roberts. Exactly.