Here Are Our Predictions For The 2015 Emmy Awards

Indrani Sengupta
Is Modern Family going to be the "safe" win yet again? Could niche contenders like Tatiana Maslany prevail? Here's our predictions, and hopes, for the 2015 Emmys!


Who Will Win:

“Mad Men,” which won this category every year between 2008 and 2011. Emmy enthusiasm appears to have tapered off (only so slightly. MM was still nominated every year) since then. But this was “Mad Men”’s last season, so we’re likely looking toward a “goodbye Emmy” of sorts.

Who We Wish Would Win:

“Game of Thrones” is a favorite, and for good reason. 

“Orphan Black,” one of the most complex and progressive shows of our time, has been snubbed yet again. 

Other Nominees:
“Orange Is The New Black”  
 “Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“House of Cards”


Who Will Win:

Modern Family,” because the Emmys are unbelievably unoriginal and love to play it safe. 

Who We Wish Would Win: 

“Orange Is The New Black” would be a satisfying win. But it can’t win, because it was bafflingly nominated (yet again!) in the drama category, despite widespread cries of “it’s a black comedy, people!”

Hoorah for the “Veep”  and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” nominations. We have our fingers crossed for either. Basically, anything but “Modern Family.”

“Jane The Virgin” was snubbed, despite being a critical darling, but will always be in our hearts.

Other Nominees:
“Parks and Recreation” (a moment of silence for the end of this great series)
“Silicon Valley”

Lead Actor, Drama

Who Will Win:

Jon Hamm, which is a fine choice since he still hasn’t been awarded for his work on “Mad Men.”

Who We Wish Would Win:

Bob Odendirk of “Better Call Saul” is a solid contender. 

Other Nominees:
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”

Lead Actress, Drama

Who Will Win:

Viola Davis, for being the single good thing about “How To Get Away With Murder” (which is rather hypocritical of us to say, given all the binge-watching we’ve done).

Who We Wish Would Win:

Tatiana Maslany, who has finally been nominated (finally!) for her work as five different fully developed characters (plus an assortment of supporting characters) on “Orphan Black.” The woman is formidable.

It’s surprising that Julianna Margulies didn’t get a nod this year, since she won this category in 2014. 

Other Nominees:
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”!! 
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

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Supporting Actor, Drama

Who Will Win:

Peter Dinklage, for “Game Of Thrones”

Who We Wish Would Win:

Jonathan Banks also holds much of our affection for “Better Call Saul,” but also lingering from his “Breaking Bad” days. 

Other Nominees:
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”

Supporting Actress, Drama

Who Will Win:

Lena Headey for “Game of Thrones”

Who We Wish Would Win:

Uzo Aduba for “Orange Is The New Black.” In fact, this whole category could be filled with OITNB actresses, and that would be perfectly just.

Other Nominees:
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Man Men”

Lead Actor, Comedy

Who Will Win:

Jeffrey Tambor, for “Transparent”

Who We Wish Would Win:

Matt LeBlanc for playing the role of Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes.” You’ve probably seen him as Joey Tribbiani on Friends, but he’s playing in a whole other ballpark now. 

No Andy Samberg nomination, despite how delightful he is on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Other Nominees:
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Lead Actress, Comedy

Who Will Win:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is arguably better in “Veep” than she ever was on “Seinfeld.”

Who We Wish Would Win:

The Daily Beast called Lisa Kudrow’s work on “The Comeback” “the best comedic performance of the decade,” and we’re not too far off in our praise, either. 

Amy Poehler is worthy, but we’re too busy fuming about the lack of Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Edie Kemper (“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), and Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”) nominations in this category to make too spirited an argument for her. 

Other Nominees:    
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Supporting Actor, Comedy

Who Will Win:

Ty Burrell of “Modern Family.” But, if we’re lucky, Tony Hale of “Veep” will beat Burrell out.

Who We Wish Would Win:

Andre Braugher of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” In fact, just give him all the awards. Rename it the Andres. 
Tituss Burgess is also a national treasure.

Other Nominees:
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”

Supporting Actress, Comedy

Who Will Win:

Allison Janney, for her role as nightmare mom in “Mom”

Who We Wish Would Win:

Allison Janney, for her role as nightmare mom in “Mom”

Other Nominees:
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Niecy Nash, “Getting On”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live”- Please
Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”


Disagree with our thoughts or predictions? Let us know in the comments!

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