This Week in Black Television: Who Will Win at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards?
Photo Credit: S & A
Television

This Week in Black Television: Who Will Win at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards?

null

This 2013 Primetime Emmy

Awards takes place on Sunday night at 8pm on CBS.  Usually an exciting event for me and every TV junkie out

there, this year it just isn’t all that sexy to me.  The nominees are ‘meh’ and much of the same old faces, and

to be quite frank it is up against the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad at 9pm, which, I’m sorry

Emmy, you will lose out to here on the East Coast.  Still, below are my picks and perspectives and I will be

live tweeting during each as best that I can. 

 

The other aspect is that

there really are not many Black folks nominated. As popular as Scandal is,

Kerry Washington‘s performance was more solid in the short season one, as was

the writing so I doubt she should win in what I consider the hardest category

this year to judge (Juliana Margulies of The

Good Wife was not even nominated!) after  Best Supporting Actress. Still, she totally deserves the

nom.  I am so behind on House of

Lies but from what I have seen Don Cheadle is highly deserving of his

nomination as well. After that…well, there is a dearth of Black talent to be

seen.  Actually, in the other

popular categories, there are none. Why? 

 

Well, the old and present

answer is Representation – on the popular channels and what shows on the others

even deserve attention.  BET and TV

One have never had representation in primetime Awards, just like other niche

stations like The Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, and the like do not.  But if FX (with Louie and American Horror

Story), USA Network (with Political

Animals) and Sundance Channel (with Top

of the Lake) and even Netflix (with House

of Cards and Arrested Development), which does not even get ratings, can

merit such high consideration why do BET, TV One, and the others do not?  Some may say ‘star power’ and about

that they would be right.  Emmy

loves stars! I can expand on this another

time. 

PLEASE share with me who you think will win in the comments section following my picks.  As mentioned, I will be live tweeting during the Awards so follow me at @MediaManWatch and share Emmy musings along with me. 

Outstanding Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad – AMC

Downton Abbey – PBS

Game Of Thrones – HBO

Homeland – Showtime

House Of Cards – Netflix

Mad Men – AMC

 

The Winner:  Breaking Bad

 

Say

My Name! 

 

Always

a hard one to judge, Breaking Bad

deserves this more for the current season 5B, than the currently nominated

season 5A from earlier this year. It will still win as from most accounts Homeland was not as strong in season two

and Mad Men left audiences wanting.  If there is a wild card winner, that

would be House of Cards, pun totally

not intended.

Outstanding Lead Actor In

A Drama Series


Breaking Bad

Bryan

Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey

Hugh

Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham

Homeland

Damian

Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards

Kevin

Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men

Jon

Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom

Jeff

Daniels as Will McAvoy

The Winner:  Bryan Cranston

Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey

Basically for the same

reasons I picked for Best Drama, the best actor in television right now is

Bryan Cranston, hands down.  Still,

I actually feel Kevin Spacey deserves it even more. I guess like Emmy, I like

star power too.  I wish I could day

that my man Jon Hamm deserves it, but he does not and with how unbelievably

fantastic Cranston is in season 5B of Breaking

Bad, Hamm won’t get it next year either. And Dan Stevens should have been nominated over Hugh Bonneville.  I mean, really.

Outstanding Lead Actress

 

In A Drama Series


Bates Motel

Vera

Farmiga as Norma Bates

Downton Abbey

Michelle

Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley

Homeland

Claire

Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards

Robin

Wright as Claire Underwood

Mad Men

Elisabeth

Moss as Peggy Olson

Nashville

Connie

Britton as Rayna James

Scandal

Kerry

Washington as Olivia Pope

The Winner:  Robin Wright

 

Definitely

the second hardest category to judge this year, I at first declared this one

too close to call. I actually think Abigail Spencer from Rectify was snubbed from being nominated.  Nonetheless, as I need to pick one it would be Robin Wright

in one of the best roles of her career. 

Long form storytelling works for her. 


Outstanding Lead Actor In

A Miniseries Or A Movie

 

Behind The Candelabra –

HBO

Michael

Douglas as Liberace

Matt

Damon as Scott Thorson

The Girl – HBO

Toby

Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Parade’s End – HBO

Benedict

Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens

Phil Spector – HBO

Al

Pacino as Phil Spector

The Winner:  Michael Douglas


Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey

Yeah,

if you missed Behind The Candelabra

you are missing out on some fantastic acting from Michael Douglas as

Liberace.  This is a

no-brainer. 


Outstanding Lead Actress

In A Miniseries Or A Movie

 

American Horror Story:

Asylum

Jessica

Lange as Sister Jude Martin

The Big C

Laura

Linney as Cathy Jamison

Phil Spector

Helen

Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden

Political Animals

Sigourney

Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond

Top Of The Lake

Elisabeth

Moss as Robin

 

The Winner:  Jessica Lange

Who Should Win:  Elisabeth Moss

Even

though Moss brought it this year in Mad

Men as the constantly evolving (and actually learning her lesson, um, at

least more than the other characters) Peggy Olson, she showed stronger acting

chops in Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake as a police detective who comes back

home to a remote Laketop, New Zealand (actually filmed in South Island’s Lake Wakatipu) to visit her dying mother

and gets caught up in a mystery surrounding the impregnation and subsequent

disappearance of a young teenage girl. 

She is my lock to win, but I have a funny feeling that Emmy will hand it

to Lange. 



Outstanding Lead Actor In

A Comedy Series

 

Arrested Development

Jason

Bateman as Michael Bluth


The Big Bang Theory

Jim

Parsons as Sheldon Cooper


Episodes

Matt

LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc


House Of Lies

Don

Cheadle as Marty Kaan


Louie

Louis

C.K. as Louie


30 Rock

Alec

Baldwin as Jack Donaghy


The Winner Louis C.K.

Who Should Win:  Alec Baldwin

Though

Louis C.K. deserves the award more for writing and directing his acerbic show,

Alec Baldwin really triumphed in the final season of 30 Rock.  He deserves

this, and I am sure the other nominees will be glad that he will not be around

next year. 



Outstanding Lead Actress

In A Comedy Series

 

Enlightened

Laura

Dern as Amy


Girls

Lena

Dunham as Hannah Horvath


Nurse Jackie

Edie

Falco as Jackie Peyton


Parks And Recreation

Amy

Poehler as Leslie Knope


30 Rock

Tina

Fey as Liz Lemon


Veep

Julia

Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer


The Winner Tina Fey

Who Should Win:  Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Last

year I correctly picked Louis-Dreyfus to win.  This year I am giving her and Poehler a tie to win, but

think nostalgic voters will give it to Tina Fey for the final season of 30 Rock, which isn’t such a bad

thing. 

 


Outstanding Miniseries Or

Movie


American Horror Story:

Asylum – FX Networks

 

Behind The Candelabra –

HBO

 

The Bible – HISTORY

Phil Spector – HBO

 

Political Animals – USA

 

Top Of The Lake – Sundance

Channel

 

The Winner Behind

The Candelabra

 

If Candelabra did not air this would be a difficult category, but it

is a lock to win.  Now if it was

not in consideration, as much as I enjoyed Top

Of The Lake, the History Channel’s The

Bible was excellently made and killed in the ratings.  It may have won.

 


Outstanding Comedy Series


The Big Bang Theory – CBS

Girls – HBO

Louie – FX Networks

Modern Family – ABC

30 Rock – NBC

Veep – HBO

 

The Winner: Girls

 

Even

though Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin may win acting awards, I cannot see 30 Rock winning.  I am not a fan of Girls, but one cannot deny its appeal and pushing of the

boundaries.  Modern Family should not have even been nominated over Parks & Recreation. If it wins I’m

putting a boot through my TV (well, a virtual boot). 

 

 

Outstanding Supporting

Actor In A Drama Series

 

Boardwalk Empire

Bobby Cannavale as Gyp

Rosetti

Breaking Bad

Jonathan Banks as Mike

Ehrmantraut

Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul as Jesse

Pinkman

Downton Abbey

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion

Lannister

Homeland

Mandy Patinkin as Saul

Berenson

The Winner:  Peter Dinklage

Who Should Win:  Bobby Cannavale

Cannavale seems to be able

to conquer all the dramatic arts expertly and did no less on Boardwalk Empire.

Still, you cannot deny how good Dinklage is.  Aaron Paul will win again next year, but if Jonathan Banks

takes it, well…just read my expletive-riddled tweets if that occurs considering

that Giancarlo Esposito did not win over Paul last year. 

 

Outstanding Supporting

Actress In A Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad

Anna Gunn as Skyler White

 

Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith as Violet,

Dowager Countess of Grantham

Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys

Targaryen

 

The Good Wife

Christine Baranski as

Diane Lockhart

Homeland

Morena Baccarin as Jessica

Brody

Mad Men

Christina Hendricks as

Joan Harris


The Winner:  Anna Gunn

Who Should Win:  Anna Gunn

I put her name twice for

emphasis.  Any actress that so many

fans hate so much in a role, because she is that convincing as an actress (at

least that is often my reason) should win.  Hell, Gunn was a great actress before this show but the

writing elevated her to award-winning levels. In a tepid half-season Gunn as

the long-suffering Sklyer was the best part of season 5A.  Now if she just bought Walt some

boxer-briefs I know he would have handled things better.  



Outstanding Writing For A

Drama Series

 

Breaking Bad – Dead

Freight

George Mastras, Written by

Breaking Bad – Say My Name

Thomas Schnauz, Written by

Downton Abbey – Episode 4

Julian Fellowes, Written

by

Game Of Thrones – The

Rains Of Castamere

David Benioff, Written by

D.B. Weiss, Written by

Homeland – Q&A

Henry Bromell, Written by

The Winner:  Thomas

Schnauz  Breaking Bad  – ‘Say My Name’

Who Should Win:  Thomas Schnauz for Breaking Bad  – ‘Say My Name’

AND Julian Fellowes for

Downton  Abbey – Episode 4

Why a ‘Should Win’

tie?  A tie will not actually

happen, but episode 4 of Downton’s third season had it all: the Irish Civil War

affecting the Crawley’s directly as well as the women’s suffrage movement,

Sybil coming back home, the hiring of new conniving footman Jimmy, and Bates

finally gets a small but triumphant in-jail victory. Whew.  If Walt did not go over the edge in the

‘Say My Name’ episode the way he did, Downton wouild take it – and still may. 



Outstanding Supporting

Actor In A Comedy Series

 

Girls

Adam Driver as Adam

Sackler

Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as

Mitchell Pritchett

Ed O’Neill as Jay

Pritchett

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader as Various

characters

Veep

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

The Winner:  Bill Hader

Who Should Win:  Tony Hale

I hate that SNL is even in

the main categories now, but Hader is a comedic master.  But Tony Hale is so convincing as the

brownnose Gary is more deserving. 

Outstanding Supporting

Actress In A Comedy Series


The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah

Fowler

Glee

Jane Lynch as Sue

Sylvester

Modern Family

Sofia Vergara as Gloria

Pritchett

Julie Bowen as Claire

Dunphy

 

Nurse Jackie

Merritt Wever as Zoey

Barkow

30 Rock

Jane Krakowski as Jenna

Maroney

Veep

Anna Chlumsky as Amy

Brookheimer

The Winner:  Sofia Vergara

Who Should Win:  Mayim Bialik

Vergara showed a real

tenderness this year on Modern Family and is the only cast member nominated

that truly deserves to win, no offense to Julie Bowen. Still, Bialik steals

most of her scenes on Big Brain and

for no other reason is even more deserving.  I never thought that the former Blossom would become one of my favorite actors!

Outstanding Supporting

Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story:

Asylum

James Cromwell as Dr.

Arthur Arden

Zachary Quinto as Dr.

Oliver Thredson

Behind The Candelabra

Scott Bakula as Bob Black

The Big C: Hereafter

John Benjamin Hickey as

Sean

Top Of The Lake

Peter Mullan as Matt

The Winner:  Peter Mullan

Though my instincts tell

me that the unimaginative Emmy voters will give it Cromwell, I smell upset with

Mullan, who after becoming a leading man with his movie Tyrannosaur in 2011, showed the world that he is indeed irascible

enough to be a star.  He was the

biggest a-hole on television this year that made you feel for him as much as

you were turned off by him. This guy is the truth.  

Outstanding Supporting

Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story:

Asylum

Sarah Paulson as Lana

Winters

The Girl

Imelda Staunton as Alma

Hitchcock

Political Animals

Ellen Burstyn as Margaret

Barrish Worthington

Restless

Charlotte Rampling as

Sally Gilmartin

Steel Magnolias

Alfre

Woodard as Ouiser           

The Winner:  Charlotte Rampling

Who Should Win:  Alfre Woodard

She

had the role with the most fun and with that Alfre Woodard, an Emmy darling

already, garnered the only nom in the Lifetime version of Steel Magnolias.  I am a bit biased when it comes to her TV work, but oh well.

Sadly, she is the only Black actor aside from Cheadle and Washington that is

nominated for any awards this year. 

But my instincts tell me that always fantastic Rampling will win. 

Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2022 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.