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Welcome to Emmy Talk 2014! Here are my predictions in the drama categories at this year’s ceremony.
Best Lead Actress
Nominees: Claire Danes (Homeland), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Will Win: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Could Win: Claire Danes or Robin Wright
Should Win: Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Should Have Been Nominated: Keri Russell (The Americans)
The TV Academy may have shut out The Good Wife out of the Best Drama category, but I believe they will reward its star Julianna Margulies, a two-time Emmy winner, for the show’s most talked-about season yet. Claire Danes, who has reigned in this category for the past two years, has her odds now set against her after a not-so-well-received third season of Homeland, which also failed to earn a Best Drama bid. Robin Wright has a decent shot as she had greater and juicier presence in the second season of House of Cards.
Best Lead Actor
Nominees: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Will Win: Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Could Win: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Should Win: Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Should Have Been Nominated: Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
One of the most highly-anticipated categories of the year is this one solely because it’s between three-time Emmy champ Bryan Cranston and newly Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey. It seems like a sure thing that Breaking Bad will walk away with the top prize as well as acting trophies for Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn (see below). But with McConaughey, it was a one-time-only performance and a terrific one at that.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Will Win: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Could Win: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Should Win: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Should Have Been Nominated: Annet Mahendru (The Americans)
Anna Gunn is a sure bet. I mean, have you not seen “Ozymandias”?
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Will Win: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Could Win: Josh Charles or Peter Dinklage
Should Win: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Should Have Been Nominated: Dean Norris (Breaking Bad)
Of all of the acting categories, this is the biggest tossup. The odds are heavily in Aaron Paul’s favor due to his two previous wins and the bountiful love for Breaking Bad. However, it’s not set in stone, or should I say “gold”. Josh Charles made headlines for his shocking exit of The Good Wife, Jon Voight won the Golden Globe for his performance in Ray Donovan, and previous winner Peter Dinklage had a tremendous season on Game of Thrones.
Nominees: ”Chapter 14” (House of Cards), “Episode 4.1” (Downton Abbey), “Farewell Daddy Blues” (Boardwalk Empire), “Felina” (Breaking Bad), “The Watchers of the Wall” (Game of Thrones), “Who Goes There” (True Detective)
Will Win: ”Who Goes There” (True Detective)
Could Win: ”Felina” (Breaking Bad)
Should Win: ”Who Goes There” (True Detective)
Should Have Been Nominated: ”Comrades” (The Americans)
This is another tossup between Breaking Bad and True Detective. “Felina” offered a poetic conclusion to television greatness that is Breaking Bad. However, the well-directed True Detective stepped up its game in “Who Goes There” with that epic six-minute tracking shot (look it up on Youtube). Those six minutes alone deserve gold.
Nominees: ”Chapter 14” (House of Cards), “The Children” (Game of Thrones), “Felina” (Breaking Bad), “Ozymandias” (Breaking Bad), “Secret Fate of All Life” (True Detective)
Will Win: ”Ozymandias” (Breaking Bad)
Could Win: ”Felina” (Breaking Bad) or ”Secret Fate of All Life” (True Detective)
Should Win: ”Ozymandias” (Breaking Bad)
Should Have Been Nominated: ”Echos” (The Americans)
It may not have been the series finale, buy many consider “Ozymandias” to be the single greatest episode of Breaking Bad ever. Emotional, intense, and action-packed, “Ozymandias” captured what the show was all about. Its series finale “Felina” has a long shot, and True Detective's “Secret Fate of All Life” has even a longer shot. Either way, my money's on “Ozymandias”.
Nominees: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, True Detective
Will Win: Breaking Bad
Could Win: True Detective (but not really)
Should Win: Breaking Bad
Should Have Been Nominated: The Americans
Since Breaking Bad is considered to be one of the greatest television shows of the 21st century let alone of all time, it’s very, very, VERY difficult not to see it win the top prize. The only disadvantage the show has is that it’s been off the air for nearly a year. Since then, there’s been lots of great television (i.e. True Detective). But let’s be honest, Breaking Bad is Emmy written all over it.
For my predictions in the comedy categories, click on the link below.
Welcome back to Emmy Talk 2014! Here are my predictions in the comedy categories at this year’s ceremony.
Best Lead Actress
Nominees: Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Could Win: Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Should Win: Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Should Have Been Nominated: Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
JLD is an Emmy darling. A four-time winner and a fifteen-time nominee, she is looking at her third consecutive win in this category as the goofy vice president Selina Meyer. Previous winner Melissa McCarthy or multiple-nominee Amy Poehler can pull an upset, but Taylor Schilling’s breakthrough performance on Orange is the New Black cannot be ignored. She may not nab the award this year, so watch out for her next year.
Best Lead Actor
Nominees: Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Ricky Gervias (Derek), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Will Win: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Could Win: Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Should Win: Anyone Really
Should Have Been Nominated: Andy Daly (Review)
A double-nominee this year, Jim Parsons has won three times in this category as the iconic Sheldon on television’s most-watched sitcom. However, this category is the biggest crab shoot with previous nominees Don Cheadle, Louis C.K, and Matt LeBlanc and first-time nominees William H. Macy and Ricky Gervias for their most recent work. It’s really anyone’s game.
Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Allison Janney (Mom), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Will Win: Allison Janney (Mom)
Could Win: Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Should Win: Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Should Have Been Nominated: Niecy Nash (Getting On)
This category marked one of this year’s biggest shakeups at the Emmys. Two of them, Janney and Mulgrew, are the frontrunners. Although Mulgrew gives the stronger performance, perhaps Emmy voters will reward OITNB the top prize instead, letting Janney walk away double-fisted with Emmys (She won Best Guest Actress in a Drama for her work in Masters of Sex last weekend.).
Best Supporting Actor
Nominees: Fred Armisen (Portlandia) Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Tony Hale (Veep)
Will Win: Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Could Win: Tony Hale (Veep)
Should Win: Braugher or Hale
Should Have Been Nominated: Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife)
Two-time Emmy winner Andre Braugher earned Brooklyn Nine-Nine's sole nomination for his performance as the deadpanning Captain Holt. He'll have to fight off last year's winner Tony Hale. A category once owned by Modern Family has now dwindled down to two nominees. Jesse Tyler Ferguson could be the dark horse for his performance as Mitchell Pritchett, whose season-finale wedding received lots of media attention.
Nominees: ”Elevator Part 6” (Louie) “Episode 309” (Episodes), “Las Vegas” (Modern Family), “Lesbian Request Denied” (Orange is the New Black), “Minimum Value Product” (Silicon Valley), “100” (Glee)
Will Win: ”Lesbian Request Denied” (Orange is the New Black)
Could Win: ”Las Vegas” (Modern Family)
Should Win: ”Lesbian Request Denied” (Orange is the New Black)
Should Have Been Nominated: ”Can’t Fix Crazy” (Orange is the New Black)
Orange is the New Black has its cast to thank for winning in this category. Like Modern Family, the directing award tends to go to the shows with bountiful, colorful characters and OITNB certainly fits the description. However, the TV Academy’s undying love for Modern Family may take the cake.
Nominees: ”Episode 305” (Episodes), “I Wasn’t Ready” (Orange is the New Black), “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” (Silicon Valley), “So Did the Fat Lady” (Louie), “Special Relationship” (Veep)
Will Win: ”So Did the Fat Lady” (Louie)
Could Win: ”I Wasn’t Ready” (Orange is the New Black)
Should Win: ”I Wasn’t Ready” (Orange is the New Black)
Should Have Been Nominated: ”You’ve Got Sexted” (The Mindy Project)
Critical darling Louie hasn’t won the top prize, but I think the TV Academy will throw Louis C.K. a bone in this category. The episode in particular, “So Did the Fat Lady”, got lots of attention for Sarah Baker’s heartbreaking monologue-like rant. However, if the number of nominations Orange is the New Black scored this year say something, awards could be heading its way.
Nominees: The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Veep
Will Win: Orange is the New Black
Could Win: Modern Family
Should Win: Orange is the New Black
Should Have Been Nominated: The Mindy Project
I think the time has come to crown a new comedy winner. Modern Family has reigned at the Emmys for four years and the tides are now shifting elsewhere. Orange is the New Black is certainly the most talked about comedy out there. With a tremendous cast and brilliant storytelling, these convicts will overturn the Emmys.
For my Dream Emmy nominees and winners, click on the link below.
Stay tuned for my predictions in the drama categories!
Orange is the New Black arguably has the greatest TV ensemble of all time. And it’s only natural that we all have our favorites. Here is my ranking of my top 20 inmates of Linchfield Correctional Facility.
20. Soso (Kimiko Glenn)
Introduced as Season Two’s fish-out-of-water, Soso at first comes off as a chatty chipmunk. I’m sure many of you were thinking, “Will this bitch ever shut up?”. Yes, I was thinking that too at one point, but she soon settled herself in and found her true calling- leading a hunger strike. Although she doesn’t make the wisest decisions, Soso means well and wears her heart on her sleeve. Plus, I can’t wait to see what crazy hippy shit she did in her flashback episode that will likely happen next season.
Most Memorable Quote: "Were you trying to pimp me out?"
19. Norma (Annie Golden)
Although Norma never talks, her face still says a thousand words. She managed to keep her job in the kitchen when her pal Red was dethroned as Head Chef. She even tried to use her ins in the kitchen to try to knock off Vee. She’s totally with it.
Most Memorable Quote: "Just like a blind man I wandered along, Worries and fears I claimed for my own, Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight, Praise the Lord I saw the light."
18. Sister Ingalls (Beth Fowler)
Sister Ingalls is the one to turn to for advice. With religious morals and elderly wisdom, many of the inmates look up to her. We got to know her a lot better in Season Two, where we discovered she was a nun gone wild before being incarcerated. She became the face of Soso’s hunger strike for change of inmate treatment. There was MLK, Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and then there’s Sister Ingalls.
Most Memorable Quote: "I’ve masturbated."
17. Yoga Jones (Constance Shulman)
If you ever need to physically unwind, company at lunch, or just someone to talk to, you turn to Yoga Jones. Kindhearted, gentle, and humble, she seems to be one of the very few genuine people in the prison.
Most Memorable Quote: "Sometimes you just wanna feel something."
16. Black Cindy (Andrienne C. Moore)
Black Cindy is the queen of sass in Linchfield. Her laughs are iconic and her dance moves are infectious. She may have been one of those luggage-robbing TSA agents that we all hate, but we sure do love her in prison.
Most Memorable Quote: ”Bitch! If grateful paid the bills we’d all be Bill Gates.”
15. Tricia (Madeline Brewer)
In Season One, we were introduced to Tricia, the sick pup of the inmates. As shown via flashbacks, she lived off the streets and stole, or in her words “pay her debts”. Tricia was Linchfield’s most lovable and fragile inmates. She unfortunately passed away of a drug overdose, one of the show’s saddest moment.
Most Memorable Quote: "Reflect, yo."
14. Gloria Mendoza (Selenis Levya)
Tensions were high when Mendoza took over as Head Chef of the kitchen. Whether you liked this job promotion or not, she knows how to lay down the law. She does her best to hold her own against Red’s and Vee’s partnerships/manipulations. Don’t cross Mendoza or she may chop something off.
Most Memorable Quote: ”I don’t trust any of you crazy bitches. You both fuckin’ scorpions.”
13. Big Boo (Lea DeLaria)
Raunchy, mouthy, and horny, Big Boo the lone wolf. She looks after herself and herself only. She has no solid alliances whether she attempts to form them or not. Perhaps she needs some TLC, but nevertheless, she is OITNB's most colorful characters. By the way, have you seen her dance?
Most Memorable Quote: "Ain’t no party like a Big Boo party."
12. Nicky (Natasha Lyonne)
Got to talk your problems out? Come to Nicky. Want to hear the truth about how the system works? Come to Nicky. Need someone to fuck? Come to Nicky. Nicky is everybody’s pal. She’s one of the few people in prison that has no enemies.
Most Memorable Quote: "It’s like the Hamptons, only fuckin’ horrible."
11. Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox)
Sophia always looks fabulous and that’s because she is fabulous. On top of being the inmates’ go-to hair stylist, she’s a good listener and gives good advice. And her heart is as golden as her hair.
Most Memorable Quote: "I don’t do sausage on my breakfast sandwich."
10. Poussey (Samira Wiley)
Poussey is definitely one of the most developed characters of the prisoners. Beginning as Taystee’s soft-spoken partner in crime, she became her own person in Season Two when Vee started stirring trouble. She’s levelheaded, reliable, and trustworthy. You can’t ask for much more in an inmate. Plus, she’s got a pee funnel.
Most Memorable Quote: ”I want the kind of job where I could just chill, you know."
9. Morello (Yael Stone)
The romantically optimistic Morello is a happy-go-lucky inmate. Emotionally vulnerable planning her dream wedding in prison, she makes the best out of prison by landing the job as a driver. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, Morello is the sweetest thing.
Most Memorable Quote: ”You don’t go Jessica Simpson when you’ve got Rihanna.”
8. Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning)
You may hate her or love to hate her for that matter, but you’ve got to admit that Pennsatucky is one hell of a television character. Psycho-religious Pennsatucky is a self-proclaimed almighty attempting to spiritually enlighten her fellow inmates to the point of threatening their lives, specifically Piper Chapman. No one can ever forget their brawl in the snow that capped off Season One. What a cliffhanger! In Season Two, we found out she’s still alive (with new teeth!) and appears to have turned a new leaf since the smackdown. Actually, she was sort of pleasant. Either way, Pennsatucky is bat-shit crazy and she’s wonderful for it.
Most Memorable Quote: ”I’m an angel of God. I mean, look at my dress.”
7. Taystee (Danielle Brooks)
Taystee was an early-on favorite when entering Linchfield. She’s down-to-earth, nice, and pretty hysterical. We get to know her a lot better in Season Two, with her complicated backstory with Vee and how that takes affect on her life in prison. One of the most conflicted inmates this season, Taystee eventually sees the light and rekindles her wounded relationship with her best pal Poussey.
Most Memorable Quote: ”So I’m sitting there, barbecue sauce on my titties, and I’m like ‘What the fuck? Again?”
6. Miss Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat)
Miss Rosa was definitely one of the more downplayed inmates during Season One, but we’re glad she had much more of a presence in Season Two. A former bank robber, a cancer-battling Rosa gives her tricks of the trade with a young cancer patient as they form an unlikely friendship. Her screen time may have been relatively brief, but Miss Rosa is truly a touching person.
Most Memorable Quote: ”Always so rude, that one.”
5. Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Uzo Adub)
Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren was definitely our first WTF inmate we were introduced to. She claimed Piper as her prison wife and with that marked her territory by pissing on the floor of Piper’s cell. But soon, we realize that she’s more than looney. She has feelings and her heart is always in the right place. Just goes to show that even some of the best people are misunderstood.
Most Memorable Quote: ”Chocolate and vanilla swirl!”
4. Vee (Lorraine Toussaint)
Just because you’re not a nice person, that doesn’t stop you from being great. Vee is truly one of the best TV villains in recent memory. intimidating, manipulative, and monstrous, she makes her big debut in Season Two as a returning inmate who calls the shots. She makes Pennsatucky look like Elmo.
Most Memorable Quote: ”I’m an adult. It gives me the right to make bad choices.”
3, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling)
Piper Chapman is our guide to Linchfield Correctional Facility. She’s more than the privileged white girl that her fellow inmates initially thought of her. She evolves from playing the victim to being the survivor. She’ll overcome anyone who stands in her way (Red, Pennsatucky, Alex, Healy, Figueroa, etc.). Piper may be on the brink of sanity, but she’s still our hero.
Most Memorable Quote: "I’m scared that I’m not myself in here and I’m scared that I am."
2. Miss Claudette (Michelle Hurst)
She may run a tight ship and may be difficult to share a bunk with, but Miss Claudette is the unsung inmate at Linchfield. She did not welcome Piper with open arms. Eventually, they get along and soon form a unique bond. Violent behavior sends Miss Claudette to maximum security towards the end of Season One and we haven’t seen her since. It’s a shame because she truly is a lovable gem. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll make a return for Season Three.
Most Memorable Quote: "Hope is a dangerous thing."
1. Red (Kate Mulgrew)
No one can compare to Red. Introduced as the angry Russian that ran the kitchen, we soon discover that she’s a mother figure to many of the inmates. Once dethroned from the kitchen, she starts a new side gig as a smuggler. But her business and life are threatened when Vee turns to Linchfield and we immediately stand behind Red. She is tough, smart, caring, and affectionate. Every time she speaks, I just want to give her a hug. Now how many times can that be said about a convict?
Most Memorable Quote: "2 strikes, that’s all she gets. Russians don’t play baseball."
The Senior Pack (Dale Soules, Yvette Freeman, Judith Roberts, & Patricia Squire)
The Senior Pack, made up of Frieda, Irma, Taslitz, and Jimmy, welcomed Red into their group when she had no one else to turn to. Made up of years of experience and wisdom, they form the prison’s one true sisterhood. They soon assist Red in operating the green house, the heart of her smuggling operation. Introduced in Season Two, Jimmy was sadly released for reasons of insanity and Taslitz was transfered after attempting to kill Vee (she should have worn her glasses). They are quiet, they are loyal, they are great.
Most Memorable Quote: ”How about I kill the bitch?”
You can read my review of Season Two at the link below.
Who’s your favorite inmate?
I was fortunate to attend this year’s Lollapalooza (my first one ever btw). These were my top favorite acts from this year.
1. Foster the People
They may not have had the coveted title of a “headliner”, but Foster the People gave a headlining performance. Kicking things off with “Best Friend”, which is currently my jam, and playing their other hits like “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Coming of Age”, and closing with “Don’t Stop”. I and the thousands in the crowd didn’t want them to stop at all.
2. Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard is probably the most charming and down-to-earth performers at this year’s Lollapalooza. Despite the downpour, he was able to practically entrance the audience with beautiful music. Mixed with originals and covers, musicians need to emulate this man’s positive energy.
3. Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon were honored by closing Lollapalooza and boy did they go out with a bang. Opening with “Radioactive”, continuing with “Use Somebody” and finishing with an explosive “Sex on Fire”, they lucked out with the weather and put on a good show.
One of the most anticipated acts this year was certainly the Outkast reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Their music is already decades old, but they sound exactly the same. The set included all of their big hits like “Hey Ya!”, “Roses”, “Ms. Jackson” among others.
4. The Temper Trap
I’m not big in the music scene and I only knew of The Temper Trap’s one familiar song “Sweet Disposition”, but they perform really well live, which many bands have a hard time keeping their sounds from studio to stage.
5. The Head and The Heart
Within the chaos of the festival is a relaxing act that comes in the form of The Head and the Heart. Despite a malfunctioning piano, they were able to truck through with their unique sounds. “Lost In My Mind” almost had me in tears.
Eminem (with a bonus Rihanna!)
The biggest surprise of the festival (which in hindsight wasn’t all that shocking) was when Rihanna stepped on the Samsung Galaxy Stage during Eminem’s set. I wouldn’t have minded if she took over the show. Singing “Love the Way You Lie”, “The Monster”, and “Stan”, Rihanna kept Eminem’s set lively. Perhaps she’ll be back next year?
What were your favorite acts at this year’s Lollapalooza?