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Predicting The Winners Of The 2012 Emmy Awards

by Oliver Lyttelton
September 20, 2012 12:04 PM
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"American Horror Story"

"Game Change"

"Hatfields & McCoys"

"Hemingway & Gellhorn"


"Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia"
Should Win: Well, we actually weren't wild about "Game Change," so we'd probably lean towards "Luther" or "Sherlock" or "Hemingway & Gellhorn" here.
Will Win: "Game Change" is the front-runner, but "American Horror Story" or "Hatfields & McCoys" are both firmly in contention too.

Best Comedy

"The Big Bang Theory"

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"


"Modern Family"

"30 Rock"

Should Win: Given that this list misses out most of our favorite comedies, we're going to go with the only one in the list that we truly adore these days -- "Girls." But we wouldn't be particularly upset with wins for 'Curb,' "30 Rock" or "Veep."
Will Win: Not much can stop the "Modern Family" train, though we suppose "Girls" could upset, and "The Big Bang Theory" might get an upswing.

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Drama Series

"Boardwalk Empire"

"Breaking Bad"

"Downton Abbey"

"Game of Thrones"


"Mad Men"
Should Win: A brutally tough category, we'd just go for "Mad Men," which had its finest season, over "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad." We wouldn't be disappointed with either, though.
Will Win: Honestly, we're not sure. "Mad Men" took it last year, but "Homeland" and "Downton Abbey" are both high-profile new arrivals, "Breaking Bad" is fiercer than ever, and "Game of Thrones" keeps getting better. Hell, even "Boardwalk Empire" stepped up its game in a big way in season two. If we had to pick one, we'd say 'Downton,' but nothing would surprise us here. 

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  • DG | September 23, 2012 9:01 PMReply

    Louie Louie Louie louaaaaaaass

  • rebecca | September 21, 2012 6:14 AMReply

    "Mad Men" did not have its finest season by a long stretch. Breaking Bad was far better, but Downton will probably win.

  • AS | September 20, 2012 5:50 PMReply

    It's a fucking sham that Boardwalk Empire received not one Best Supporting Actor nomination but Breaking Bad received 2. Don't get me wrong, BB is great, but Paul and Esposito didn't come anywhere near Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon (whose been shafted 2 years in a row), Shea Whigham or Michael Stuhlbarg. And where is Kelly Macdonald's nomination? Joke. Curb Your Enthusiasm deserves to win everything it's nominated for but it won't, of course, because it has intelligence and subtlety in its favor (something the Emmy's aren't particularly fond of when it comes to Comedy). But if Homeland wins anything I'll be disgusted. The show is blander than Mitt Romney and it's racist beyond belief. It's blunt propaganda, reenforcing the notion that "the Arabs are the enemy, and the CIA are the good guys who are only trying to protect us." But this should come as no surprise, seeing as how it's produced by one of Rupert Murdoch's networks....

  • Benjamin | September 20, 2012 2:09 PMReply

    As good as Hamm is, anyone beating Cranston after "Crawl Space" would be sacrilege. Bryan Cranston has set a new standard. That is what great acting looks like.

    I thought the direction of "Homeland" was rather bland. It's very well-written, but it has a "Showtime look and feel" in much the same way that CBS shows all have the same look and feel. I see no creative expression in the direction. You can see spot little directorial trademarks in each Bad episode. You know each director and develop a fondness for their style and individual subtlety. Gilligan might have the strongest voice. Hail to the kingpin, baby.

  • | September 20, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    Where is your guest actors category?
    Jason Ritter should win for that one.
    Give Michael C Hall a freaking Emmy already!
    I am so sick of tuning in every years for 6 years or whatever it is only to see him lose.
    If I hear the names John Hamm or Brian Cranston again I will barf! Enough of them already. Its the same people year after year, Blah Blah Blah!

  • nechoplex | September 20, 2012 5:22 PM

    On any other year I would agree with you, but season 6 of Dexter was terrible. Michael C. Hall was okay in it but far from his best work. His best chances were for season 4 or 5. I'm surprised he was even nominated this year.

    P.S. Don't complain about Jon Hamm as his name has never been called. Hamm winning would be so much better than seeing Cranston win yet again.

  • Nope | September 20, 2012 1:08 PM

    The guest actor awards were given at the creative arts awards already.

  • Archer Slyce | September 20, 2012 12:22 PMReply

    Great coverage, I really like the "objective" approach here. And as far as it pains me to admit it, yep the two TV shows I disliked the most this season (Girls and American horror story) will grab a bunch of Emmy (it's what they're made for) and for all the wrong reasons ("please look at us we are subversive !"). Very very curious about what Louie will score (if anything), that should be interesting at least.

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