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Emmy Predictions: Best Art Direction

I continue my series of Emmy predictions with the programs eligible in the categories for Best Art Direction. Let’s take a look…

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Boardwalk Empire – “Sunday Best”/”Two Imposters”/”Margate Sands”
Downton Abbey – “Episode 7”
Game of Thrones – “Valar Dohaeris”/”Kissed by Fire”
Mad Men – “The Crash”/”Man with a Plan”/”The Better Half”
The Newsroom – “We Just Decided To”

*I think this category will repeat four of the same nominees from last year: Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Mad Men. All of them are Emmy favorites with impressive production design. I would be shocked if any of those missed the lineup. The final spot is a little tricky. Despite those other four being period/fantasy designs, the Emmy voters usually include a contemporary show in the lineup. Previous nominees include Glee, Modern Family, True Blood and Justified. I’m guessing The Newsroom gets that spot this time. It has a huge set that recreated a newsroom and a TV studio. Also look out for Bates Motel and Hannibal as possible spoilers.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: The Americans, Bates Motel, The Borgias, Glee, Hannibal, House of Cards, Justified, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Smash, True Blood, Vikings, The Walking Dead]

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Hell’s Kitchen – “Episode 1108”
Hot in Cleveland – “Blow Outs”/”Cleveland Fantasy Con”
How I Met Your Mother – “Farhampton”/”The Final Page, Part 2″/”P.S. I Love You”
Mike & Molly – “Yard Sale”/”Molly’s New Shoes”
2 Broke Girls – “And the Silent Partner”/”And the Bear Truth”/”And Not So Sweet Charity”

*How I Met Your Mother has never missed a nomination here, Hell’s Kitchen also randomly gets nominated almost every year, and 2 Broke Girls won this category last year. They are all pretty safe bets. Mike & Molly has gotten 2 nominations here so I’m pretty confident with that. It’s always a toss-up in the last few spots. I’ll go with Hot in Cleveland to pick up a nomination.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Anger Management, The Big Bang Theory, Happily Divorced, Masterchef, Rules of Engagement, Top Chef, Two and a Half Men]

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American Horror Story: Asylum – “I Am Anne Frank, Part 2”
American Horror Story: Asylum – “Welcome to Briarcliff”
Behind the Candelabra
The Girl
Parade’s End

*I realize that I’m predicting American Horror Story: Asylum to get a boatload of nominations. It’s not because of its quality or anything. It’s mostly because of a lack of competition from other TV movies. I don’t think it will have any problem taking two Art Direction spots. Behind the Candelabra, The Girl and Parade’s End are all period pieces that the Emmy voters usually go for.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: The Bible, Killing Lincoln, Liz & Dick, Phil Spector, Political Animals, Restless, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, Top of the Lake, World Without End]

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London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Oscars
Saturday Night Live
– “Martin Short”/”Justin Timberlake”/”Ben Affleck”
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyonce
The Voice
– “Battle Rounds, Part 1″/”The Live Shows, Semi-Finals”/”The Blind Auditions, Part 1”

*I don’t know what happened with the Grammys submissions this year. They didn’t submit themselves in a majority of the technical categories despite almost always getting nominated. Also, the Grammys and the Tonys tied in this category last year. Now they didn’t even submit for consideration. As for the nominees this year: The Oscars and SNL usually get nominated, you can never bet against the Olympics opening ceremony, and The Voice will most likely repeat their nomination from last year. The last spot is a head scratcher. I’m guessing it will go to Beyonce’s halftime show. Previous halftime shows have been nominated in the past and this year’s set was pretty impressive.*

[ALSO IN CONTENTION: Conan, Dancing with the Stars, The Grammy Nomination Concert Live!, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Kennedy Center Honors, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center), The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards]