The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 20th 2015. This year’s host will be actor, producer, comedian and writer Andy Samberg, who plays Jake Peralta on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Samberg appears to be the ideal candidate to tackle such an occasion, and hopefully he can deal with the pressure.
Last year’s host, Seth Meyers, was an average host at best, with most of his jokes falling flat. For someone who presents a talk show, he didn’t seem very confident and his jokes weren’t that funny. But that aside, this year’s nominee’s look hotter than ever, with several new shows and familiar faces nominated for a prestigious Emmy Award.
First of all, I was surprised to see that HBO’s Togetherness wasn’t nominated for any awards. The first season of the show, written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass (Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, The Puffy Chair, Baghead) was a real delight. The series felt like an independent American comedy, with great performances from all four main cast members.
Also, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine was snubbed for an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination. The show, created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, is one of the most unique comedy shows on television, with a diverse range of fantastic comedy characters.
One show that is already expected to win is ABC’s Modern Family. A win for the show would make it six in a row, but there’s definitely stiff competition from the likes of Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Parks and Recreation.
Could this be the year that Louis C.K takes home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series? Louis has been nominated for several years but hasn’t managed to pick up the award for best actor. Out of all of the nominees, it seems that his competition comes in the shape of Jeffrey Tambor. Tambor, whose acting credits include Arrested Development, M*A*S*H and The Larry Sanders Show, to name but a few, looks to be the favourite for his portrayal of a father who comes out as transgender to his children. Not only does he have to convince his children that this is a woman trapped in a man’s body, he also has to convince the audience, and he does this brilliantly.Like the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy series, it looks to be between two actresses for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Julia Louis-Dreyfus already has four Emmy awards in this category; three of these were for her portrayal of Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep. The other came from The New Adventures of Old Christine back in 2006. She could add to her Emmy Awards in this category if she manages to fend off the competition from Amy Poehler. Poehler played Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and with the show coming to an end earlier this year, we could see her receive a farewell Emmy.
Although it seems like these two actresses will go head to head, don’t be surprised if Amy Schumer wins the award. Schumer is one of the hottest comedy actresses at the moment, having written and starred in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. She also has her own show on Comedy Central.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy series will probably go to Ty Burell for his portrayal of Phil Dunphy on Modern Family. If this was three years ago, I would say that he deserves the award without a shadow of a doubt; Phil Dunphy is one of the stand out characters on the show, but the writing for the latest season hasn’t been on par with previous seasons.Two outsiders in this category come from relatively new shows. The first is Titus Burgess, who plays Titus Andromedon in Tina Fey’s latest TV project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show, which premiered on Netflix earlier this year, is one of the stand-out new series of the year so far. You may remember Burgess from his work on 30Rock as D’Fwan in the fake reality TV show, Queen of Jordan.
Burell’s other competition comes in the form of Andre Braugher for his role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Braugher plays the stern Captain Ray Holt on a show that is quickly growing and becoming a worldwide hit.
The winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series is far from predictable, with nominees such as Julie Bowen, Mayim Bialik, Anna Chulmsky and Jane Krakowski. It seems as if it’s anyone’s award.
Last year, AMC’s Breaking Bad dominated the drama category, winning for Outstanding Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Writing. The show deserved all of these awards, and many fans and audience members could easily predict the outcome. However, this year it’s an entirely different story. Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul looks like it might take the award, but you can never rule out Game of Thrones due to its huge fan base and popularity. Another promising candidate is AMC’s Mad Men. The show concluded earlier this year and, like Breaking Bad, it could clean up at its final award ceremony.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama series looks like it could be between Bob Odenkirk and Jon Hamm, but outsider Kevin Spacey could snatch the award. It would be nice to see Hamm win his first Emmy in this category due to the fact that he might not get another chance. However, we already know and love Saul Goodman for his part in Breaking Bad.
Elisabeth Moss might take home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress, due to the show’s farewell status, whilst Outstanding Supporting Actress looks to be extremely competitive, with nominees coming from shows including Homeland, Empire and House of Cards. This year, two actresses from HBO’s Game of Thrones have been nominated, and it could be between them.Likewise, Supporting Actor is very much the same, with the most likely contenders coming in the form of Peter Dinklage and Jonathan Banks. Dinklage plays fan-favourite Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, and Jonathan Banks reprises his role of ageing hard-man Mike Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul.
Writing and Directing are two very exciting categories in both Comedy and Drama, as any show has the chance of winning. Better Call Saul is likely to take home the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, seeing as it was created by Vince Gilligan, who has kept a similar writing team. Game of Thrones looks certain to win in the drama category after missing out last year due to the success of Breaking Bad.
Another show that seems to have been overlooked this year is Boardwalk Empire. The show has been nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for its season finale. It was wrapped up beautifully in the final episode, and it’s surprising that Steve Buscemi didn’t receive a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
- Should win: Transparent
- Will win: Modern Family
Outstanding Drama Series:
- Should Win: Better Call Saul or Game of Thrones
- Will win: Mad Men
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Should win: Jeffrey Tambor as Morton “Maura” Pfefferman on Transparent
- Will win: Jeffrey Tambor as Morton “Maura” Pfefferman on Transparent
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Should win: Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation
- Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer on Veep
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Should win: Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul
- Will win: Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Should win: Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Will win: Ty Burell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Should win: Gaby Hoffmann as Alexandria “Ali” Pfefferman on Transparent or Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Will win: Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Should win: Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul or Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones
- Will win: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Should win: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones or Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones
- Will win: Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
- Should win: Transparent (Episode: ‘Best New Girl’), Directed by Jill Soloway or Louie (Episode: ‘Sleepover’), Directed by Louis C.K.
- Will win: Transparent (Episode: ‘Best New Girl’), Directed by Jill Soloway
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
- Should win: Boardwalk Empire (Episode: ‘Eldorado’), Directed by Tim Van Patten or Game of Thrones (Episode: ‘Mother’s Mercy’), Directed by David Nutter
- Will win: Game of Thrones (Episode: ‘Mother’s Mercy’), Directed by David Nutter
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
- Should win: Transparent (Episode: ‘Pilot’), Written by Jill Soloway or Louie (Episode: ‘Bobby’s House’), Written by Louis C.K.
- Will win: Transparent (Episode: ‘Pilot’), Written by Jill Soloway
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
- Should win: Game of Thrones (Episode: ‘Mother’s Mercy’), Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
- Will win: Mad Men (Episode: ‘Person to Person’), Written by Matthew Weiner