Sept. 21--The award-winner is in the eye of the beholder. Or, in this case, the Emmy Award voters, but everyone who watches has an opinion.
The "65th Primetime Emmy Awards," which honor excellence in television, will be given out starting at 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Expect lots of showdowns between numerous deserving candidates and shouting matches in living rooms across America. At least in those where they are still watching broadcast TV other than Sunday Night Football.
And take a moment to remember those who were snubbed this year. For example, in the drama category, "Sons of Anarchy," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Americans" are missing. And where are the comedies "Parks and Recreation" and the "Arrested Development" redux? In the lead actress in a comedy group, Zooey Deschanel is missing. So are Tatiana Maslany from the BBC's "Orphan Black," Keri Russell in "The Americans" and Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife" -- none are nominated for lead actress in a drama.
Also snubbed are Michael C. Hall for "Dexter," Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire" for lead actor in a drama and Max Greenfield for supporting actor comedy.
But no use crying over spilt non-nominees, so let's look forward to Sunday's awards and see who should win and who will win in the major categories.
Nominated Drama Series:
"Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "Homeland," Showtime; "House of Cards," Netflix; and "Mad Men," AMC.
Who should win: It's a toss-up -- Sticking with AMC on this one, but which to choose? "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" are amazing television in their own way. "Breaking Bad" has had the better season. Still, there are the brilliant "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland" and the fan-favorite "Downton Abbey." Plus "House of Cards" is the first online nominee in the history of the Emmys.
Who will win: I'm going with the sentimental favorite -- if you can say that about an uber-drug and violence-filled drama -- "Breaking Bad," which ends its series run Sept. 29.
Nominated Comedy Series:
"The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX Networks; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; and "Veep," HBO.
Who should win and will win: "The Big Bang Theory." There's a reason the main cast members of this hysterical comedy series think they can band together to demand higher salaries. Because they will get what they ask for based on the millions of viewers drawn to their show and CBS network every Thursday. "Big Bang" has upheld the quality of the series from its beginning to date, and it just gets better and better.
Nominated Lead Actor, Drama:
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Damian Lewis, "Homeland," Showtime; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards," Netflix; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC; and Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom," HBO.
Who should win: Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" for years of successfully twisting the knife and turning a sympathetic good guy into a horrific drug lord.
Who will win: The Emmy voters may just make history by giving the award to the star of a web series -- Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards."
Nominated Lead Actress, Drama: Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel," A&E; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Claire Danes, "Homeland," Showtime; Robin Wright, "House of Cards," Netflix; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men," AMC; Connie Britton, "Nashville," ABC; and Kerry Washington, "Scandal," ABC.
Who should win: Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men." Kerry Washington had a great season on "Scandal," too.
Who will win: Claire Danes in "Homeland." She is definitely deserving with her stunning portrayal of bipolar agent Carrie Mathison, and this would mean back-to-back Emmys for the 34-year-old actress.
Nominated Lead Actor, Comedy: Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development," Netflix; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes," Showtime; Don Cheadle, "House of Lies," Showtime; Louis C.K., "Louie," FX Networks; and Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.
Who should and will win: Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory." It's a pretty safe bet. Again.
Nominated Lead Actress, Comedy: Laura Dern, "Enlightened," HBO; Lena Dunham, "Girls," HBO; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation," NBC; Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep," HBO.
Who should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep," who always comes this close but doesn't win.
Who will win: Tina Fey for "30 Rock." It's hard to argue with her success right up until the end of the series.
Nominated Actor, Miniseries or Movie:
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra," HBO; Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra," HBO; Toby Jones, "The Girl," HBO; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Parade's End," HBO; and Al Pacino, "Phil Spector," HBO.
Who should win and will win: Michael Douglas is the big favorite for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO's biopic "Behind the Candelabra." We like it when our American movie stars do television even if it's on pay cable and not on broadcast TV.
Nominated Actress, Miniseries or Movie:
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum," FX Networks; Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter," Showtime; Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector," HBO; Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals," USA; and Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake," Sundance Channel.
Who should win: Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story: Asylum." Hands down, she was the creepiest ever in "AHS," and she's coming back for the new "American Horror Story: Coven." She's already won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her roles on the show.
Who will win: Lange is a shoo-in.
Rita Sherrow 918-581-8360
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