Lights… Camera… Emmys!
The 67th Annual Primetime Emmys are this Sunday which means the small screen's biggest and brightest stars will all be in attendance to see who will be crowned victorious for the 2014-15 television season.
To help you hedge those official pool bets, we at ETonline are using our TV-obsessed brains to declare our hopes, wishes and predictions for the seven biggest categories of the night.
Outstanding Drama: This category is truly a toss-up. Now that Breaking Bad's reign is officially over, we think that Emmy voters could put four-time winner Mad Men back to the top of the pack. It's the series very last time attending the Emmys and that kind of nostalgia is enough to sway the vote in AMC's favor. However, this could be the year that HBO's Game of Thrones finally receives the respect that it so desperately deserves. Now up for its fifth nomination in the category, the cinematically stunning series has been wildly neglected, and we think there's a 50/50 shot it'll pull through.
Outstanding Comedy: Although Transparent snagged the win for Best Comedy at the Golden Globes, that doesn't mean that the Amazon series is a shoe-in for an Emmys victory. The Globes are known for passing out awards to the most buzzed-about freshman shows -- i.e. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Girls -- whereas the Emmys are more traditional with their picks. If Modern Family wins for the sixth year in a row (yawn!) it'll break Frasier's record for most consecutive wins, but we think Transparent is just too good to be ignored.
Lead Actor in a Drama: Jon Hamm at the Emmys is the epitome of the phrase, "Always a bridesmaid never a bride," but we think this is finally his year to say "I do." Hamm has been nominated for his role as Don Draper since 2008 and now that Mad Men has reached the end of its iconic run, and Bryan Cranston is not around to steal the victory again, the time is right for a win. Plus, you know what they say, seventh time's the charm…
Lead Actress in a Drama: Two words: Viola Davis. The How to Get Away With Murder star knows that she deserves to be in this category and we think she deserves a win. And although there's a chance that Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, who has already lost four times in this category, could receive the accolade, we think that the diversity factor that Davis brings to the table will sway the Emmy voters in ABC's favor.
Lead Actor in a Comedy: This is where we think Transparent's leading man, Jeffrey Tambor -- who slayed for playing a leading lady -- will definitely shine. His performance in the freshman Amazon series was unparalleled, and with Jim Parsons shut out of the nominations this year, the path to victory is wide open. Showtime stars Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, and William H. Macy even told James Corden they've accepted the fact that there's no way they're going to win, but at least they seem to be in good spirits about it.
Lead Actress in a Comedy: This is where we truly wish the Emmys would have a Mean Girls moment by divvying up the statue into a bunch of little parts so that multiple ladies could go home a winner. A piece for Lisa Kudrow, so that life could imitate art with her incredible performance on The Comeback. A piece for Julia Louis-Dreyfus for being consistently amazing on Veep. A piece for Amy Schumer for explaining that actresses have a "last f**kable day" on Inside Amy Schumer. And most of all, we're desperately rooting for the wonderful Amy Poehler to finally have her time to shine for those seven brilliant years of Parks and Recreation.
Variety Talk Series: This year, for the first time ever, the previously combined Variety Talk and Sketch Series distinctions have been split up into two different categories, meaning Saturday Night Live will no longer compete against The Daily Show With Jon Stewart or The Colbert Report. But once again, we think those two comedy Central powerhouses will be the ones to duke it out for the top spot. Although some are saying that Last Week Tonight With John Oliver could be the dark horse to win, we think the huge surge of popularity in Stewart's final shows cemented that the host will wrap up his Daily Show career with a big Emmys bow.
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