Emmy’s 2014: Our Predictions

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Monday, August 25, 2014

The 66th edition of the Emmy’s air tonight on NBC and in honor of that, we decided to have a bit of friendly competition against our friends over at Pop Culture Madness and Age of the Nerd. We’re all going to make our picks for some of the major categories at tonight’s show and see who is the most accurate. We’ll be adding two categories: who we want to win and who we predict to actually win. Enjoy! The 66th Primetime Emmys air Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ABC.

Chip’s Picks:


Outstanding Drama Series

True Detective (HBO)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Mad Men (AMC)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Who Should Win: True Detective

Who Will Win: True Detective


Outstanding Comedy Series

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Veep (HBO)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Modern Family (ABC)

Louie (FX)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Who Should Win: Louie

Who Will Win: Orange is the New Black


Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Fargo (FX)

The White Queen (Starz)

Bonnie and Clyde (A&E, Lifetime, History)

Treme (HBO)

Who Should Win: Fargo

Who Will Win: Fargo


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Woody Harrelson (True Detective)

Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Who Should Win: Matthew McConaughey

Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Who Should Win: Robin Wright

Who Will Win: Robin Wright


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)

Don Cheadle (House of Lies)

Louis C.K. (Louie)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Ricky Gervais (Derek)

Who Should Win: Louie C.K.

Who Will Win: Jim Parsons


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham Girls)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Who Should Win: Amy Poehler

Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Josh Charles (The Good Wife)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Who Should Win: Peter Dinklage

Who Will Win: Peter Dinklage


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Who Should Win: Anna Gunn

Who Will Win: Anna Gunn


Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett – Breaking Bad “Ozymandias”

Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad “Felina”

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – Game of Thrones “The Children”

Beau Willimon – House of Cards “Chapter 14”

Nic Pizzolatto – True Detective “The Secret Fate Of All Of Life”

Who Should Win: Moira Walley-Beckett

Who Will Win: Moira Walley-Beckett


Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

David Crane – Episodes “Episode 305”

Louis C.K. – Louie “So Did the Fat Lady”

Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan – Orange is the New Black “I Wasn’t Ready”

Alec Berg – Silicon Valley “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency”

Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci – Veep “Special Relationship”

Who Should Win: Louie C.K.

Who Will Win: Louie C.K.


Outstanding Director For A Comedy Series

Iain B. MacDonald – Episodes “Episode Nine”

Paris Barclay – Glee “100”

Louis C.K. – Louie “Elevator, Part 6”

Gail Mancuso – Modern Family “Las Vegas”

Jodie Foster – Orange Is the New Black “Lesbian Request Denied”

Mike Judge – Silicon Valley “Minimum Viable Product”

Who Should Win: Louie C.K.

Who Will Win: Gail Mancuso


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Tim Van Patten – Boardwalk Empire “Farewell Daddy Blues”

Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad “Felina”

David Evans – Downton Abbey “Episode One”

Neil Marshall – Game of Thrones “The Watchers on the Wall”

Carl Franklin – House of Cards “Chapter 14”

Cary Joji Fukunaga – True Detective “Who Goes There”

Who Should Win: Neil Marshall

Who Will Win: Cary Joji Fukunaga


Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Comedy Series

Tony Hale (Veep)

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Adam Driver (Girls)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Fred Armisen (Portlandia)

Who Should Win: Andre Braugher

Who Will Win: Adam Driver


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)

Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)

Kate McKinnon (SNL)

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Who Should Win: Kate Mulgrew

Who Will Win: Kate Mulgrew


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)

Martin Freeman (Fargo)

Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Idris Elba (Luther)

Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Who Should Win: Billy Bob Thornton

Who Will Win: Mark Ruffalo


Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Jessica Lange (Coven)

Sarah Paulson (Coven)

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)

Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)

Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon)

Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful)

Who Should Win: Jessica Lange

Who Will Win: Jessica Lange


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Colin Hanks (Fargo)

Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)

Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)

Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)

Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)

Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Who Should Win: Colin Hanks

Who Will Win: Colin Hanks


Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Frances Conroy (Coven)

Kathy Bates (Coven)

Angela Bassett (Coven)

Allison Tolman (Fargo)

Ellen Burstyn (Flowers in the Attic)

Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)

Who Should Win: Allison Tolman

Who Will Win: Kathy Bates


Best Television Movie Nominees:

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)

“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

Who Should Win: The Normal Heart

Who Will Win: The Normal Heart


Best Variety Series Nominees:

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Who Should Win: The Colbert Report

Who Will Win: The Colbert Report


Best Reality Competition Series Nominees:

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Who Should Win: The Voice

Who Will Win: The Amazing Race



Pete Towe Picks:


Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men
  • True Detective

Should Win: True Detective

Will Win: True Detective

I’m all for a Breaking Bad win here, but it had its time to shine at the Emmy’s, and has other categories it will no doubt win.  While my heart isn’t over the loss of Breaking Bad ending, True Detective took my mind off the heartache.  True Detective was a truly original show blah blah blah, and I currently can’t add anything new to the conversation, other than it will win the Emmy for Drama Series.


Lead Actress in a Drama 

  • Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex
  • Claire Danes – Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Kerry Washington – Scandal
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Should Win: Robin Wright

Will Win: Lizzy Caplan

I honestly don’t know much about these shows other than House of Cards, which Robin Wright is amazing in.  I hear great things about Masters of Sex and Lizzy Caplan, so this will be her year.


Lead Actor in a Drama

  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Woody Harrelson – True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Should Win: Matthew McConaughey

Will Win: Matthew McConaughey

This goes back to my love affair with Breaking Bad.  Bryan Cranston gave the performance of his life over the course of the show and certainly deserves a win, but McConaughey at this moment in time deserves the Best Actor.  He went through the transformation on screen and arguably gave his best performance in a stellar latter half of his career.


Supporting Actress in a Drama

  • Christine Baranski – The Good Wife
  • Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
  • Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
  • Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey 

Should Win: Anna Gunn

Will Win: Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn gave a increasable performance over the course of the show, and certainly deserves to take home her second Supporting Actress Emmy.


Supporting Actor in a Drama

  • Jim Carter – Downton Abbey
  • Josh Charles – The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
  • Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad
  • Jon Voight – Ray Donovan 

Should Win: Aaron Paul

Will Win: Peter Dinklage

Yeah yeah yeah I like Breaking Bad.  While I have struggled to get into Game of Thrones, I know Peter Dinklage will probably win this incredibly stacked category.


Writing for a Drama Series

  • Breaking Bad, “Felina” – Vince Gilligan
  • Breaking Bad, “Ozymandas” – Moira Walley-Beckett
  • Game of Thrones, “The Children” – David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
  • House of Cards, “Chapter 14” – Beau Willimon
  • True Detective, “The Secret Fate of All Life” – Nic Pizzolatto

Should Win: “Ozymandas”

Will Win: “Ozymandas”

While the series finale “Felina” was no doubt great, and Vince Gilligan deserves it, the better of the two Breaking Bad episodes was “Ozymandas”, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Nic Pizzolatto wins, despite some recent controversy.


Directing for a Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire, “Farewell Daddy Blues” – Tim Van Patten
  • Breaking Bad, “Felina” – Vince Gilligan
  • Downton Abbey, “Episode One” – David Evans
  • Game of Thrones, “The Watchers on the Wall” – Neil Marshall
  • House of Cards, “Chapter 14” – Carl Franklin
  • True Detective, “Who Goes There” – Cary Joji Fukunaga

Should Win: “Who Goes There” – Cary Joji Fukunaga

Will Win: “Felina” – Vince Gilligan

Here’s where Gilligan takes home a trophy, once again praising the finale of one of my favorite shows.  Cary Joji Fukunaga set a dark unsettling tone directing every episode of True Detective, and deserves an Emmy.


Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Veep 

Should Win: Louie 

Will Win: Orange is the New Black

Louie is incredibly unique show.  It will not win, but has changed the scope of comedy on television.  This is where Orange is the New Black takes home another prize.


Lead Actress in a Comedy 

  • Lena Dunham – Girls
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling – Orange Is the New Black

Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Will Win: Taylor Schilling

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is my girl.  I always root for her at the Emmy’s, but i bet Taylor Schilling from Orange is the New Black takes it home this year.


Lead Actor in a Comedy

  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Don Cheadle – House of Lies
  • Ricky Gervais – Derek
  • Matt LeBlanc – Episodes
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

Should Win: Louis C.K.

Will Win: Don Cheadle

I’d love for Louie to win at the Emmy’s, if only for his speech.  But he absolutely deserves it.  All I hear however is how good Don Cheadle is in House of Lies, and I think he’ll walk away with it.


Supporting Actress in a Comedy

  • Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen – Modern Family
  • Anna Chlumsky – Veep
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
  • Kate Mulgrew – Orange Is the New Black

Should Win: Kate Mulgrew

Will Win: Kate Mulgrew

I’ll continue to ride the Orange is the New Black bandwagon and go with Kate Mulgrew (No Breaking Bad nominees).


Supporting Actor in a Comedy

  • Fred Armisen – Portlandia
  • Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Adam Driver – Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family
  • Tony Hale – Veep

Should Win: Adam Driver

Will Win: Andre Braugher

Either one of these picks would work for me, I just think Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andre Braugher is more Emmy material, whatever that means.


Writing for a Comedy

  • Episodes, “Episode Five” – David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik
  • Louie, “So Did the Fat Lady” – Louis C.K.
  • Orange Is the New Black, “I Wasn’t Ready” – Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan
  • Silicon Valley, “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” – Alec Berg
  • Veep, “Special Relationship” – Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, & Tony Roche

Should Win: Louie, “So Did the Fat Lady” – Louis C.K.

Will Win: Louie, “So Did the Fat Lady” – Louis C.K.

I don’t know much about TV comedies, I do watch Louie however, and will put both chips in and say Louie will take this one.


Directing for a Comedy

  • Episodes, “Episode Nine” – Iain B. MacDonald
  • Glee, “100” – Paris Barclay
  • Louie, “Elevator, Part 6” – Louis C.K.
  • Modern Family, “Las Vegas” – Gail Mancuso
  • Orange Is the New Black, “Lesbian Request Denied” – Jodie Foster
  • Silicon Valley, “Minimum Viable Product” – Mike Judge

Should Win: “Elevator, Part 6”

Will Win: “Lesbian Request Denied”

Again I want Louie to be rewarded by the mainstream, I just think Orange is the New Black will be this years Emmy darling.



  • American Horror Story: Coven
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Fargo
  • Luther
  • Treme
  • The White Queen 

Should Win: Fargo

Will Win: Fargo

When I first heard they were turning a beloved Coen Brothers movie into a TV show, or i guess “miniseries”, I couldn’t have been more against the idea.  I was wrong, and Fargo stood out on every level, acting, writing, directing, and overall was an incredible ten-episode arc.


TV Movie

  • Killing Kennedy
  • Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
  • The Normal Heart
  • Sherlock: “His Last Vow”
  • The Trip to Bountiful

Should Win: Sherlock: “His Last Vow”

Will Win: Sherlock: “His Last Vow”

I stayed away from the TV movies this year, and don’t know much about the nominations.  On a gut feeling, I’ll go with Sherlock.


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