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2014 Emmy Predictions: April Guesses

*It’s been a little bit of time since my last blog post. Been a little busy. But there’s always time for Emmy predictions. It’s still a smidge too early for a clear forecast of what will be nominated, but the picture is a little clearer thanks to some category placement confirmations.

Drama: The biggest game changer in this category is True Detective choosing to compete as a Drama instead of a Miniseries. It’s definitely made an impact on the Series category and in the Lead Actor one. It’s going to be a tight race between Cranston & McConaughey.

Comedy: Orange Is the New Black is officially competing as a Comedy Series, which was the smartest decision the show could make. With the over-crowded Drama categories, the show would’ve definitely missed out on a Series nomination and Taylor Schilling would’ve had an uphill battle just to breakthrough the tough Actress category. Now the show is a pretty secure lock for both of those nominations, plus a Supporting push for one of the show’s many breakout secondary characters is not out of the question.

Here’s a look at what I’m predicting at the moment….*

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Best Drama Series:
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Best Actor – Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best Actress – Drama Series:
Claire Danes, Homeland
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor – Drama Series:
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Dean Norris, Breaking Bad
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jeff Perry, Scandal

Best Supporting Actress – Drama Series:
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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Best Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor – Comedy Series:
Will Arnett, The Millers
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Actress – 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

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy Series:
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

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Best TV Movie:
Burton and Taylor
Killing Kennedy
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful

Best Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
The White Queen

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries:
Gillian Anderson, The Fall
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Toni Collette, Hostages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Danny Huston, American Horror Story: Coven
Taylor Kitsch, The Normal Heart
Bob Odenkirk, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries:
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven

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Best Variety Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Variety Special:
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown
The Kennedy Center Honors
The Sound of Music Live!

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Best Reality-Competition Program:
The Amazing Race
Hollywood Game Night
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Host – Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers