This Week in Black Television: Who Will Win at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards?

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by Curtis Caesar John
September 22, 2013 6:43 PM
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Kerry Washington in SCANDAL and Don Cheadle in HOUSE OF LIES

This 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards takes place on Sunday night at 8pm on CBS.  Usually an exciting event for me and every TV junkie out there, this year it just isn't all that sexy to me.  The nominees are 'meh' and much of the same old faces, and to be quite frank it is up against the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad at 9pm, which, I'm sorry Emmy, you will lose out to here on the East Coast.  Still, below are my picks and perspectives and I will be live tweeting during each as best that I can. 

 

The other aspect is that there really are not many Black folks nominated. As popular as Scandal is, Kerry Washington's performance was more solid in the short season one, as was the writing so I doubt she should win in what I consider the hardest category this year to judge (Juliana Margulies of The Good Wife was not even nominated!) after  Best Supporting Actress. Still, she totally deserves the nom.  I am so behind on House of Lies but from what I have seen Don Cheadle is highly deserving of his nomination as well. After that…well, there is a dearth of Black talent to be seen.  Actually, in the other popular categories, there are none. Why? 

 

Well, the old and present answer is Representation - on the popular channels and what shows on the others even deserve attention.  BET and TV One have never had representation in primetime Awards, just like other niche stations like The Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, and the like do not.  But if FX (with Louie and American Horror Story), USA Network (with Political Animals) and Sundance Channel (with Top of the Lake) and even Netflix (with House of Cards and Arrested Development), which does not even get ratings, can merit such high consideration why do BET, TV One, and the others do not?  Some may say 'star power' and about that they would be right.  Emmy loves stars! I can expand on this another time. 


PLEASE share with me who you think will win in the comments section following my picks.  As mentioned, I will be live tweeting during the Awards so follow me at @MediaManWatch and share Emmy musings along with me. 


Outstanding Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad - AMC

Downton Abbey - PBS

Game Of Thrones - HBO

Homeland - Showtime

House Of Cards - Netflix

Mad Men - AMC

 

The Winner:  Breaking Bad

 

Say My Name! 

 

Always a hard one to judge, Breaking Bad deserves this more for the current season 5B, than the currently nominated season 5A from earlier this year. It will still win as from most accounts Homeland was not as strong in season two and Mad Men left audiences wanting.  If there is a wild card winner, that would be House of Cards, pun totally not intended.



Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series


Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston as Walter White


Downton Abbey

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham


Homeland

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody


House Of Cards

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood


Mad Men

Jon Hamm as Don Draper


The Newsroom

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy


The Winner:  Bryan Cranston

Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey


Basically for the same reasons I picked for Best Drama, the best actor in television right now is Bryan Cranston, hands down.  Still, I actually feel Kevin Spacey deserves it even more. I guess like Emmy, I like star power too.  I wish I could day that my man Jon Hamm deserves it, but he does not and with how unbelievably fantastic Cranston is in season 5B of Breaking Bad, Hamm won’t get it next year either. And Dan Stevens should have been nominated over Hugh Bonneville.  I mean, really.



Outstanding Lead Actress   In A Drama Series


Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates


Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley


Homeland

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison


House Of Cards

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood


Mad Men

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson


Nashville

Connie Britton as Rayna James


Scandal

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope



The Winner:  Robin Wright

 

Definitely the second hardest category to judge this year, I at first declared this one too close to call. I actually think Abigail Spencer from Rectify was snubbed from being nominated.  Nonetheless, as I need to pick one it would be Robin Wright in one of the best roles of her career.  Long form storytelling works for her. 



Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

 

Behind The Candelabra - HBO

Michael Douglas as Liberace

Matt Damon as Scott Thorson


The Girl - HBO

Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock


Parade's End - HBO

Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens


Phil Spector - HBO

Al Pacino as Phil Spector


The Winner:  Michael Douglas


Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey

Yeah, if you missed Behind The Candelabra you are missing out on some fantastic acting from Michael Douglas as Liberace.  This is a no-brainer. 



Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

 

American Horror Story: Asylum

Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin


The Big C

Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison


Phil Spector

Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden


Political Animals

Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond


Top Of The Lake

Elisabeth Moss as Robin

 

The Winner:  Jessica Lange

Who Should Win:  Elisabeth Moss

Even though Moss brought it this year in Mad Men as the constantly evolving (and actually learning her lesson, um, at least more than the other characters) Peggy Olson, she showed stronger acting chops in Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake as a police detective who comes back home to a remote Laketop, New Zealand (actually filmed in South Island’s Lake Wakatipu) to visit her dying mother and gets caught up in a mystery surrounding the impregnation and subsequent disappearance of a young teenage girl.  She is my lock to win, but I have a funny feeling that Emmy will hand it to Lange. 



Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

 

Arrested Development

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth


The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper


Episodes

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc


House Of Lies

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan


Louie

Louis C.K. as Louie


30 Rock

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy


The Winner Louis C.K.

Who Should Win:  Alec Baldwin


Though Louis C.K. deserves the award more for writing and directing his acerbic show, Alec Baldwin really triumphed in the final season of 30 Rock.  He deserves this, and I am sure the other nominees will be glad that he will not be around next year. 



Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

 

Enlightened

Laura Dern as Amy


Girls

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath


Nurse Jackie

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton


Parks And Recreation

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope


30 Rock

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon


Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer


The Winner Tina Fey

Who Should Win:  Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Last year I correctly picked Louis-Dreyfus to win.  This year I am giving her and Poehler a tie to win, but think nostalgic voters will give it to Tina Fey for the final season of 30 Rock, which isn’t such a bad thing. 

 


Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie


American Horror Story: Asylum - FX Networks

 

Behind The Candelabra - HBO

 

The Bible - HISTORY

Phil Spector - HBO

 

Political Animals - USA

 

Top Of The Lake - Sundance Channel

 

The Winner Behind The Candelabra

 

If Candelabra did not air this would be a difficult category, but it is a lock to win.  Now if it was not in consideration, as much as I enjoyed Top Of The Lake, the History Channel’s The Bible was excellently made and killed in the ratings.  It may have won.

 


Outstanding Comedy Series


The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Girls - HBO

Louie - FX Networks

Modern Family - ABC

30 Rock - NBC

Veep - HBO

 

The Winner: Girls

 

Even though Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin may win acting awards, I cannot see 30 Rock winning.  I am not a fan of Girls, but one cannot deny its appeal and pushing of the boundaries.  Modern Family should not have even been nominated over Parks & Recreation. If it wins I’m putting a boot through my TV (well, a virtual boot). 

 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

 

Boardwalk Empire

Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti


Breaking Bad

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut


Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman


Downton Abbey

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson


Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister


Homeland

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson



The Winner:  Peter Dinklage

Who Should Win:  Bobby Cannavale


Cannavale seems to be able to conquer all the dramatic arts expertly and did no less on Boardwalk Empire. Still, you cannot deny how good Dinklage is.  Aaron Paul will win again next year, but if Jonathan Banks takes it, well…just read my expletive-riddled tweets if that occurs considering that Giancarlo Esposito did not win over Paul last year. 


 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad

Anna Gunn as Skyler White

 

Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

 

The Good Wife

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart


Homeland

Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody


Mad Men

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris


The Winner:  Anna Gunn

Who Should Win:  Anna Gunn


I put her name twice for emphasis.  Any actress that so many fans hate so much in a role, because she is that convincing as an actress (at least that is often my reason) should win.  Hell, Gunn was a great actress before this show but the writing elevated her to award-winning levels. In a tepid half-season Gunn as the long-suffering Sklyer was the best part of season 5A.  Now if she just bought Walt some boxer-briefs I know he would have handled things better.  



Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad - Dead Freight

George Mastras, Written by


Breaking Bad - Say My Name

Thomas Schnauz, Written by


Downton Abbey - Episode 4

Julian Fellowes, Written by


Game Of Thrones - The Rains Of Castamere

David Benioff, Written by

D.B. Weiss, Written by


Homeland - Q&A

Henry Bromell, Written by


The Winner:  Thomas Schnauz  Breaking Bad  - 'Say My Name'

Who Should Win:  Thomas Schnauz for Breaking Bad  - 'Say My Name'

AND Julian Fellowes for Downton  Abbey - Episode 4


Why a 'Should Win' tie?  A tie will not actually happen, but episode 4 of Downton’s third season had it all: the Irish Civil War affecting the Crawley's directly as well as the women’s suffrage movement, Sybil coming back home, the hiring of new conniving footman Jimmy, and Bates finally gets a small but triumphant in-jail victory. Whew.  If Walt did not go over the edge in the ‘Say My Name’ episode the way he did, Downton wouild take it – and still may. 



Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

 

Girls

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler


Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett


Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy


Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader as Various characters


Veep

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh


The Winner:  Bill Hader

Who Should Win:  Tony Hale


I hate that SNL is even in the main categories now, but Hader is a comedic master.  But Tony Hale is so convincing as the brownnose Gary is more deserving. 



Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series


The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler


Glee

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester


Modern Family

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy

 

Nurse Jackie

Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow


30 Rock

Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney


Veep

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer


The Winner:  Sofia Vergara

Who Should Win:  Mayim Bialik


Vergara showed a real tenderness this year on Modern Family and is the only cast member nominated that truly deserves to win, no offense to Julie Bowen. Still, Bialik steals most of her scenes on Big Brain and for no other reason is even more deserving.  I never thought that the former Blossom would become one of my favorite actors!



Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story: Asylum

James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden

Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson


Behind The Candelabra

Scott Bakula as Bob Black


The Big C: Hereafter

John Benjamin Hickey as Sean


Top Of The Lake

Peter Mullan as Matt


The Winner:  Peter Mullan

Though my instincts tell me that the unimaginative Emmy voters will give it Cromwell, I smell upset with Mullan, who after becoming a leading man with his movie Tyrannosaur in 2011, showed the world that he is indeed irascible enough to be a star.  He was the biggest a-hole on television this year that made you feel for him as much as you were turned off by him. This guy is the truth.  



Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story: Asylum

Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters


The Girl

Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock


Political Animals

Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington


Restless

Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin


Steel Magnolias

Alfre Woodard as Ouiser           


The Winner:  Charlotte Rampling

Who Should Win:  Alfre Woodard


She had the role with the most fun and with that Alfre Woodard, an Emmy darling already, garnered the only nom in the Lifetime version of Steel Magnolias.  I am a bit biased when it comes to her TV work, but oh well. Sadly, she is the only Black actor aside from Cheadle and Washington that is nominated for any awards this year.  But my instincts tell me that always fantastic Rampling will win. 


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2 Comments

  • slb | September 22, 2013 7:05 PMReply

    Drama: Breaking Bad
    Best Actor Drama: Kevin Spacey
    Best Actress Drama: Kerry Washington although Claire Danes or Robin Wright deserve it more.
    Comedy: Louie
    Best Actor Comedy: Louis CK
    Best Actress Comedy: Julia Louis Dreyfuss
    Supporting Actor Drama: Aaron Paul but Mandy Pitinkin has a great shot
    Supporting Actress Drama: Anna Gunn
    Best Writing Drama: Tough call for me Rains of Castemere, Dead Freight and Q&A were all too good.

  • beemooree | September 20, 2013 4:21 PMReply

    I'm hoping kerry will win even though I don't think her chances are high enough. But then I didn't even think she would get nominated and she did so she may win. Shes on every magazine and her show is hot so well see

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