Published On: Sun, Sep 22nd, 2013

2013 Emmy Predictions For A Most Unpredictable Year

The 2013 Emmy Awards are Sunday, September 22nd. This is going to be a year of unpredictability. With the typical Emmy play book being thrown out the window this year, it is anyone’s guess who will come out on top.

imageRight now, the 2013 Emmy predictions could go any number if ways. This is a year of firsts. Netflix enters the horse race, a virtual shot in the dark this time last year. No one saw this coming. The near shut out of basic cable is shocking, and there are strong indicators that streaming providers are going to dominate from now on.

Here are the 2013 Emmy predictions for the major categories.

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey(PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)

Prediction: It is a toss-up between “House of Cards” and “Breaking Bad.” Both are powerhouse dramas. “Breaking Bad” has never won a best drama Emmy, and “House of Cards” is Netflix’s first official outing as a legitimate creator of original content. “House of Cards” is the complete package, but “Breaking Bad” has a lot of buzz. This is definitely the most competitive category bar none. It is anyone’s bet.

Best Actor, Drama: 

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Prediction:  Kevin Spacey, hands down. “House of Cards” showcased him in a way that he has yet to be seen. He’s dynamic and commanding. Bryan Cranston comes in a close second. And Jon Hamm is always consistent in “Mad Men.” But this is Spacey’s to lose.

 Best Actress, Drama Series

Connie Britton (Nashville)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Prediction: Claire Danes. She won last year for Homeland and will probably win a second time. Kerry Washington would be the first black actress to win in this category’s history, so this year she could make history. Robin Wright was more than convincing in House of Cards. This will be a close race, and it should come down to Danes, Washington, and Wright, with Danes the most likely winner.

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series:

Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Aaron Paul
 (Breaking Bad)

Prediction: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad. He’s already won twice and the show is super hot now. This should be his to lose.

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series:

Morena Baccarin (Homeland)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Emilia Clarke 
(Game of Thrones)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Christina Hendricks 
(Mad Men)
Maggie Smith
 (Downton Abbey)

Prediction: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad. She’s menacing in the role.  And while she faces stiff competition, she should come out as the winner here.

Best TV Movie or Mini-Series:

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
The Bible (History)
Phil Spector (HBO)
Political Animals (USA)
Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)

Prediction: Behind the Candelabra because of the LGBT factor, and because of the combination of Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, and director Steven Soderbergh. The voters love straight men playing gay, and Hollywood is all about everything gay now.

Best Comedy Series: 

30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Girls (HBO)
Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)

Prediction: Modern Family has swept this category for the as long as it’s been on the air. The only thing that can be said is, “these are the choices?”

Best Actor, Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Prediction: Ugh. Probably Alec Baldwin. But this might be his last award for anything since he’s going to be hosting his own show on MSNBC.

Best Actress, Comedy series: 

Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Prediction:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s won before, so she’ll probably repeat. Anyone but Lena Dunham would be acceptable.

Best Supporting Actor, comedy:

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)

Prediction: Ed O’Neill. He’s the go to guy on Modern Family. Although three Modern Family actors in the same category could cancel them all out.

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: 

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)

Prediction: Sophia Vergara. She’s the only Modern Family cast-member who hasn’t won yet. Just give it to her so she can have a trophy too.

Regardless, the 2013 Emmy’s should be very exciting. This year marks the breakout of original streaming content as viable award’s contenders. This year is a game changer. And looking at the nominations, there are very few major network shows in the mix. The television landscape is changing. Sunday’s Emmy’s should tell a lot about where the industry is headed.



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