Reel Talk: Who will win the Emmy?


Jillian Leiby, JagWire opinions editor

The time for television is here. Instead of a weekly discussion about films, I have decided to predict the Emmys, which will air this Sunday. I usually have a good track record when comes to awards, but this time I will discuss who I really, really want to win, rather than who I think will actually win.

Best drama series

This one is tough. I believe the very worthy show “The Good Wife” was snubbed from the nominations. “House of Cards” had a lackluster season. “Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey” and “Homeland” are overrated. “Orange is the New Black” is not a drama. It seems that “Mad Men” is the most deserving, after the series ended this year. A fifth Emmy for the popular show would be a good cap for the critical darling.

Best comedy series

Honestly, the only series I truly want to win is “Parks and Recreation,” but it barely stands a chance. After years of being snubbed over other mediocre shows, it seems right for the final season to be awarded. It’s probably not going to happen. But, if the Emmy goes to “Modern Family” one more time, I will flip a lid.

Best lead actress — drama:

Both of this year’s lead actress categories are filled with wonderful actress in wonderful roles. Viola Davis was fantastic in the inaugural season of “How to Get Away with Murder.” But so was Taraji P. Henson in the first season of the record-breaking “Empire.” Elisabeth Moss is widely considered the scene stealer in “Mad Men,” and has not been rewarded for her role. Robin Wright was the standout in the third season of “House of Cards.” Tatiana Maslany finally got acknowledged for her multiple performances in “Orphan Black.” Personally, I want Wright to win, just because the character development behind Claire Underwood was the best thing about “House of Cards.” Davis will probably rightfully win, though.

Best lead actor — drama:

Honestly, this award should and, hopefully will, go to Jon Hamm, who has been nominated eight times for “Mad Men” and has yet to win. With Hamm nominated for the show’s final season, I think the Emmys will finally give it to him.

Best lead actress — comedy:

Amy Poehler deserves this award. In the same way that Hamm deserves his award, Poehler deserves to win the Emmy with her sixth nominations for her role as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation.” The final season was heartfelt and funny, everything the show has been for the past seven years. She will be missed.

Best lead actor — comedy:

The fact that Jim Parsons is not nominated is enough to make me excited for any nominee in this category. Coming off of his Golden Globe win, Jeffrey Tambor will probably secure the win for the Emmys for his timely performance in “Transparent.”

While I know I should not be, I’m actually excited for this year’s Emmys. The nominations, while filled with snubs, showed the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences choosing a modern field. I’m excited to see new people giving acceptance speeches, and I hope the Emmys don’t let me down.

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