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


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


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



My Name! 



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


Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey


Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham



Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards


Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men


Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom


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


Farmiga as Norma Bates

Downton Abbey


Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley



Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards


Wright as Claire Underwood

Mad Men


Moss as Peggy Olson



Britton as Rayna James



Washington as Olivia Pope

The Winner:  Robin Wright



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 –



Douglas as Liberace


Damon as Scott Thorson

The Girl – HBO


Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Parade’s End – HBO


Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens

Phil Spector – HBO


Pacino as Phil Spector

The Winner:  Michael Douglas

Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey


if you missed Behind The Candelabra

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

Liberace.  This is a


Outstanding Lead Actress

In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story:



Lange as Sister Jude Martin

The Big C


Linney as Cathy Jamison

Phil Spector


Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden

Political Animals


Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond

Top Of The Lake


Moss as Robin


The Winner:  Jessica Lange

Who Should Win:  Elisabeth Moss


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


Bateman as Michael Bluth

The Big Bang Theory


Parsons as Sheldon Cooper



LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies


Cheadle as Marty Kaan



C.K. as Louie

30 Rock


Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

The Winner Louis C.K.

Who Should Win:  Alec Baldwin


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




Dern as Amy



Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Nurse Jackie


Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation


Poehler as Leslie Knope

30 Rock


Fey as Liz Lemon



Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

The Winner Tina Fey

Who Should Win:  Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus


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



Outstanding Miniseries Or


American Horror Story:

Asylum – FX Networks


Behind The Candelabra –



The Bible – HISTORY

Phil Spector – HBO


Political Animals – USA


Top Of The Lake – Sundance



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



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


Breaking Bad

Jonathan Banks as Mike


Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul as Jesse


Downton Abbey

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion



Mandy Patinkin as Saul


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



The Good Wife

Christine Baranski as

Diane Lockhart


Morena Baccarin as Jessica


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


George Mastras, Written by

Breaking Bad – Say My Name

Thomas Schnauz, Written by

Downton Abbey – Episode 4

Julian Fellowes, Written


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



Adam Driver as Adam


Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as

Mitchell Pritchett

Ed O’Neill as Jay


Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader as Various



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



Jane Lynch as Sue


Modern Family

Sofia Vergara as Gloria


Julie Bowen as Claire



Nurse Jackie

Merritt Wever as Zoey


30 Rock

Jane Krakowski as Jenna



Anna Chlumsky as Amy


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:


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


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:


Sarah Paulson as Lana


The Girl

Imelda Staunton as Alma


Political Animals

Ellen Burstyn as Margaret

Barrish Worthington


Charlotte Rampling as

Sally Gilmartin

Steel Magnolias


Woodard as Ouiser           

The Winner:  Charlotte Rampling

Who Should Win:  Alfre Woodard


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. 

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