With the Emmy Awards airing this coming Monday, August 25th, on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.
Today, I’ll be looking at the drama fields, focusing on the races for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Drama Series. I’ve already shared my thoughts about all the major acting categories. Now it’s time to talk about the biggest award of the night: Outstanding Drama Series.
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Should win/will win: Breaking Bad
Personally, I’m not sure if Breaking Bad was my favorite drama series of the past year. While it’s final eight episodes were nothing short of brilliant, I would say that I probably enjoyed the first season of True Detective and the fourth season of Game of Thrones more than the concluding chapter in the story of Walter White. However, while I may feel that way sometimes (all three series were my favorites at one point this year—my top choice changes ever day, really), I’m not an idiot, and so I would never deny the fact that, without a doubt, from a writing, acting, and directing standpoint, Breaking Bad was the best drama on television this year.
There was never a dull moment in the back half of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, as with each episode we watched as Walter White found himself moving closer and closer to his ultimate demise, all while trying to save and repair the family that he himself was responsible for tearing apart. The series’ concluding episodes were, at times, thrilling, heartbreaking, and tragic, and they were always highly entertaining and emotionally gripping.
It’s hard to produce a season of television, no matter how many episodes long it is, that doesn’t miss a beat, but that’s what Vince Gilligan and his cast and crew did with the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. Emmy voters are guaranteed to honor the series for its final episodes, and for its entire run as a whole, by presenting it with the award for Outstanding Drama Series, and when Gilligan, Cranston, and everyone else walks up onto that stage to receive the Emmy on Monday night, they will all be truly deserving of it.
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