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The 2014 Emmy Awards Winners -- A Prediction

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 22, 2014 | Comments ()


August 26, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) — The Seth Meyers’ hosted Emmy Awards last night was a lively affair dominated in the awards section by four shows, while the ceremony itself was mostly dominated by memories of Robin Williams, who died two weeks ago. Not only did Billy Crystal pay tribute to Williams during one of the Emmy segments, several presenters shared their stories as well, and even Seth Meyers broke up his mostly conservative, affable monologue to acknowledge the passing of Williams.

But unlike the Emmy ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris last year, in which the Broadway and television star had some difficulty in gaining momentum between all the In Memoriam segments, last night’s affair was noticeably less dreary, as most of the references to Mr. Williams were of a celebratory nature, lending itself to the overall jubilant atmosphere at the ceremony.

As for the awards themselves, Orange is the New Black and Fargo dominated their respective categories (comedy and mini-series), while two shows had to fight over most of the awards in the drama category. Breaking Bad did manage to take home the award for Best Drama in its final season (and Anna Gunn fetched the Best Supporting Actress win), but after a three-year winning streak was broken up by The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels last year, Bryan Cranston went home empty handed once again, as Matthew McConaughey took him the trophy for best actor.

As you’d expect, McConaughey also delivered one of the night’s best speeches, although Louis C.K. — who took home his first trophy for acting — gave the night’s most memorable speech, one that was again devoted largely to the memory of Robin Williams, with whom Louis recently worked with on an episode of his series.

Here were the night’s winners, including Martin Freeman, who took home two acting trophies (winners in bold).

Best Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Best Actor — Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress — Drama
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Best Supporting Actress — Drama
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Best Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Best Actress — Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Actor — Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
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”

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Best Television Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Best Television Movie
“The Normal Heart”
“The Trip to Bountiful”
“Killing Kennedy”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”

Lead Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”

Lead Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”

Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story”
Alison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”

Variety Show
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel”
“Live Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I'm already sad you'll be right about McConaughey. As much as I loved him in True Detective, Cranston is the only rightful winner. Actually, let's just cut the crap and skip his nomination altogether; instead, let's give the man a lifetime achievement award :-).

    Also, I think Woody Harrelson was just about as great as McConaughey, but his character was far less sympathetic so no one will be rooting for him. Which is a shame really, since it's one of his best roles.

  • SottoVoce

    It was one of Woody's best roles. He was fantastic in it.

  • Obligatory Tatiana Maslany was robbed comment. Rabble, rabble, rabble.

  • kirbyjay

    Billy Bob has never been in my top 50 list of fave actors, in fact I'm kinda skeeved by him, but damned if he wasn't mesmerizing on Fargo.
    I say change Billy Bob to best supporting actor in a mini-series so he and Martin Freeman can both win.

  • That is some powerful wishful thinking there. Maybe you're right, and it will play out that way, but I doubt the Emmys will be that wise.

  • emmalita

    Your lips to god's ears, as they say.

  • Linzer

    And in a near-miraculous turn of events, Steve Carell took home the trophy for Best Actor in a Comedy for his work on "The Office" from 2005-2011. I guess somebody *stares at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences* realized they done f*cked up.

  • logan


  • dizzylucy

    I'm still hoping for Cranston, but I suspect you might be right on that one.
    I forgot how insanely happy I was when Tony Hale won last year. I'd love to see him repeat.

  • Bert_McGurt

    The only other suitable choice is Andre Braugher.

  • jM

    I'm still side-eying the hell out of every Downton Abbey nomination outside of Joanne Froggatt's.

  • Melissa D

    I would LOVE to see Kate Mulgrew win an emmy. Go Capt Janeway!

  • Luke

    How in the HECK did I now just put those two together everytime I watch OITNB and go "she looks familiar"...

  • Melissa D

    I was several episodes into it before I IMDB'd it and realized, so don't feel bad! Also, I accidentally upvoted my comment, so I wanted to make it clear I'm not being narcissistic.

  • Dulce et Banana

    Why do I get the feeling you have an old "Miss Cleo" outfit you put on when you're writing these things?

  • TenaciousJP

    Fun fact: I once saw a newspaper ad for Miss Cleo that read "The cards, them never lie!!" I couldn't understand why they didn't fix her mangled English, but I still hung it on my fridge for a while, so I guess it accomplished its mission.

  • John W

    I'll be rooting for Tolman and Headey.

    I hope Lena Headey wins although I know she has no chance.

  • ed newman

    I just don't see how Tolman breaks through in that category of heavy hitters. Three Oscar winners plus Bassett and Conroy. It shouldn't matter since she did the best work, but I expect it will.

    Plus what is she doing in the supporting actress category anyway? If she wasn't the lead actress in Fargo, then who was? I'd like her chances much better in that category.

  • I sure ope you're right about Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Comedic Actor (although I won't be too bothered if Cranston wins).

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