Gas up the limo and pull out the couture gowns, because on Sunday, Sept. 20, the 2015 Emmys will air live on Fox. It’s been a landmark year of goodbyes (Mad Men and Parks and Recreation) and breathtaking newcomers (Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Empire).
So which shows and stars will come out victorious at the 67th Annual Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Anegeles? There are already tons of predictions in, and after polling small screen prognosticators (including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and other outlets), here’s the list to consider when filling out your ballot this Sunday:
Outstanding Drama Series
Though many are predicting Mad Men will get some gold in its final chance, others are noting Game of Thrones’ watercooler-friendly season. Considering the AMC drama hasn’t won since 2011 (thanks a lot, Breaking Bad!), it seems that Don Draper and Co. will come out victorious, particularly for that divisive, but much-discussed series finale. (Buy the world a Coke!)
Outstanding Comedy Series
There seems to be some very diverging opinions on which show will score this trophy. Entertainment Weekly predicts that Modern Family will get a six-peat, though they note that other shows are vastly more deserving. But other sources cite Amazon’s groundbreaking series Transparent and HBO’s consistently brilliant hit Veep as this year’s top contenders.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
While some think that Amy Schumer’s box office success (Trainwreck) will translate into a win for Inside Amy Schumer, most agree that Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus has this one in the bag — she has won the last three years in a row, after all. And it would be a long shot, but Amy Poehler’s final Parks and Recreation run is nothing to scoff at, though the Emmys haven’t shown her any love before.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
It’s nearly unanimous that Transparent’s Jeffrey Tambor has this category on lock thanks to his fearless portrayal of trans woman Maura Pfefferman. He already scored the Golden Globe back in January.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
By far this remains the most challenging category to predict. Most analysts think that Viola Davis’ history of Oscar nominations and her ability to say “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” without cracking a smile will get her her first Emmy for her scenery-chewing role in How to Get Away With Murder. But experts aren’t discounting Empire’s Taraji P.Henson or Mad Men original Elisabeth Moss. If it was up to social media mentions, though, Orphan Black’s Maslany would have this one in the bag. After all, she does play like eight different characters on a regular basis. You’d think one of them could score a win.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Jon Hamm might as well be waiting on the stage when the show starts. No one doubts that the Mad Men veteran will be finally taking home his first Emmy for his now-legendary portrayal of Don Draper over seven seasons.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy
The majority of experts in the know think that Mom’s Allison Janney will win her second year in a row, but a few others are holding out hope for Veep’s Anna Chlumsky as neurotic, harried political consultant Amy Brookheimer.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
This contest is really between breakout star Titus Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep’s Tony Hale, who won in this category back in 2013. But if Emmys voters watched and rewatched the “Pinot Noir” clip as many times as we did, Burgess will be heading home victorious.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
It’s office politics versus a medieval walk of shame this year. Christina Hendricks has finished up her memorable run as Joan on Mad Men, but Lena Headey, as the disgraced Queen Cersei, was forced to walk naked (albeit with a body double), pelted with epithets, rotten vegetables and worse through the streets of King’s Landing in the ultimate slut-shaming moment on Game of Thrones. If Emmy voters don’t give Headey some love, then “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
This is another category few could agree on. Though Netflix’s Bloodline wasn’t talked about as much as the other shows nominated, supporting star Ben Mendelsohn is getting a lot of buzz for his role as Danny Rayburn. But that doesn’t discredit Jonathan Banks’ performance as Mike Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul (a role he first immortalized on Breaking Bad) or the Game of Thrones fan-favorite Peter Dinklage, who won back in 2011.
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The 2015 Emmys air Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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