This is a list of the Emmy nominations and my opinion on each category.
The shows I’ve watched are in italic.
I never watched Downton Abbey and Mad Men but I tryed to watch House of Cards back in season 1 but it didn’t work for me even considering Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara’s great performances. Between Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and True Detective may the best show win. BB had an awesome final season, GoT is consistently good with the episode The Watchers on the Wall direct by Neil Marshall being one of the best. TD being an anthology season is different than the rest of the shows here and should have some advantages based on that.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
I really like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family (never watched Louie, Silicon Valley or Veep) but Orange is the New Black should win here even if I have a hard time thinking of it as a comedy. I just started to watch The Goldbergs first season but I think it should take the place of OitNB.
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
I only watched American Horror Story: Coven and Fargo from this list and even considering that Coven was better than last years Asylum I think Fargo should win this one.
Outstanding Television Movie
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
I only watched Sherlock but His Last Vow episode has to be the winner here. It was a great hour and a half of television.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
McConaughey vs Cranston vs Harrelson vs Spacey. I would vote for McConaughey for his briliant performance in True Detective.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzie Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
I only watched Claire Danes in Homeland and this past season didn’t seemed that good so I would vote for someone else. I think Vera Farmiga should be in this list for her amazing work portraying Norma Bates in Bates Motel.
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luthor
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Benedict Cumberbatch vs Martin Freeman vs Billy Bob Thornton. I can’t choose between them. Cumberbatch was briliant as Sherlock but both Freeman and Thornton did a fantastic job in Fargo. May the best man win.
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
It’s though to choose between Lange and Paulson but I would go with Lange on this one.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
I watched Jim Parsons, Ricky Gervais and William H. Macy and honestly I find it complicated to picture Derek and Shameless as comedy’s. Even pretending to agree with the Emmy’s I don’t think Macy had that good of a season spending much of it in bed.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
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
Orange is the New Black is not a comedy in my opinion and the only other show I watched here was Parks and Recreation and Amy Poehler is fantastic in it. I’m wondering why Mindy Kalling isn’t nominated since she’s great in The Mindy Project.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Paul, Dinklage, Voight and Patinkin are great actors but Dinklage should win for another amazing season portraying Tyrion Lannister even considering Paul was great in the final season of Breaking Bad.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Between Gunn and Headey I would choose Maisie Williams for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. This was by far the best season for Arya and Williams did a great job with her.
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman vs Colin Hanks. They were both great but I’m choosing Watson over Grimly.
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
American Horror Story: Coven takes half of the list and choosing between Conroy, Bassett and Bates isn’t easy. I would vote for Conroy but Bates was fantastic too. Tolman did a great job too.
Braugher, Burrell and Ferguson are all great actors but Burrell’s Phill steals the show here even in a weaker Modern Family season.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Choosing between Bowen, Bialik and Janney (I’m leaving Mulgrew out because I don’t think OitNB is a comedy) isn’t easy but Bialik did a great job this season and should win this one.
Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
I watch glimpses of the Daily Show and The Colbert Report every now and then when it’s on TV here in Portugal. I only watch Jimmy Kimmel Live and TTSS Jimmy Fallon when certain actors/singers go there (I may have watched 4 episodes total). It’s a tough choice but I’m going with The Colbert Report on this one.
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
I don’t watch any of this shows and I don’t care who wins. I just wish they would cancel all this shows and spend the money on good TV series instead.
The one show I think should be nominated and was completely left out is Orphan Black. A lot of people already felt that Tatiana Maslany should have won (or at least be nominated) last year and the fact that even after a second season that was if not better at least as good as the first they didn’t get a single nomination is unforgivable. This season Maslany push the limits and did a fantastic job playing Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel and even a trangender clone named Tony (born Antoinette). There’s a incredible dancing scene at the end of the season and a moment where Sarah was pretending to be Alison that worked perfectly and should be more than enough for Maslany to win lead actress.