We love The Emmy’s. Every year our box set favourites are pitted against each other. 2013’s shortlist is no different. Homeland, Mad Men, Nashville, Breaking Bad and 30 Rock are all battling it out to win the top prizes. It’s a tough, tough call but here is who we think should win.
Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Nominees: Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Bill Hader (SNL), Tony Hale (Veep).
Our favorite to win: Adam Driver. Navigating Adam’s descent into post-Hannah territory in Season Two was tricky, but Adam Driver managed it with a gravitas you would associate with an actor double his age. From the episode with Ray to the ‘grey rape’ scenes with new girlfriend Natalia, his acting was brilliantly through the season.
Actor In A Drama
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
Our favourite to win: Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston plays Walter White's descent into drug lord monomania, like a coiled spring ready to dramatically uncoil at any moment. It the sort of ‘acting’ that feels distinctly documentarial, like he’s not actually ‘acting’ at all.
Actress In A Drama
Claire Danes (Homeland), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Connie Britton (Nashville), Kerry Washington (Scandal).
Our favourite to win: Connie Britton. In spite of the stiff competition from Kerry Washington (in Scandal) and Claire Danes (in Homeland), we’re backing Nashville’s Connie Britton. The first season of the show found Rayna Jaymes fighting for her career and marriage, with Connie playing each scene with a subtle, steely power.
Guest Actress In A Drama
Nominees: Margo Martindale (The Americans), Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones), Carrie Presont (The Good Wife), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Joan Cusack (Shameless).
Our favourite to win: Linda Cardellini. Her Sylvia Rosen in Mad Men was brilliantly realised. As the 'Scarlett Woman' that Don Draper fell in actual love with, Linda imbued Sylvia with a three dimensional fallibility. Every expression suggested someone broken, but who was ultimately striving to get better.
Writing For A Comedy
David Crane and Jeffery Klarik (Episodes), Louis C.K and Pamela Adlon (Louie), Greg Daniels (The Office), Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock).
Our favourite to win: Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield. Oh 30 Rock how we miss you! We can’t really think of anything that’s currently on TV which is as funny, intelligent and knowing as you were week after week. In a normal year it should win every prize going, but this year we think it should scoop up the writing prize for the final series.
Supporting Actress In A Drama
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).
Our favourite to win: Christina Hendricks. As each season of Mad Men unfolds, we get to know Joan a bit more. Season Six found her still dealing with the fall out from Season Five’s deadly deal with Jaguar. Joan was also battling with single parenthood and a career that didn’t seem to be moving in the direction she thought it would be. Her face-off with Peggy was possibly the highlight of the entire season.