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Emmy Cheat Sheet: Who Will and Should Win on Sunday

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Emmy Cheat Sheet: Who Will and Should Win on Sunday
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The 64th Primetime Emmy Awardsair Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. EST on ABC. Here’s your ballot for the top categories of the night, along with our best guesses at who will take home the gold—and who we would vote for

Outstanding Comedy Series
- “30 Rock”
- “The Big Bang Theory”
- “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
- “Girls”
- “Modern Family”
- “Veep”
Will and should win: “Modern Family”
Barring an upset from upstart “Girls,” expect the ABC comedy to take home its third consecutive statue.

Outstanding Drama Series
- “Boardwalk Empire”
- “Breaking Bad”
- “Downton Abbey”
- “Game of Thrones”
- “Homeland”
- “Mad Men”
Will win: “Mad Men”
Should win: “Breaking Bad”
“Mad Men” will make history by winning the top prize for the fifth consecutive year. But there has never been anything on television like “Breaking Bad.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
- Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
- Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
- Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
- Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
- Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Will and should win: Sofia Vergara
Unless the late Kathryn Joosten gets the sentimental vote, it’s Vergara’s year.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
- Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
- Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
- Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
- Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Will and should win: Ed O’Neill
The underrated and overdue O’Neill is coming off a fantastic year on a hit show.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
- Lena Dunham, “Girls”
- Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
- Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
- Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
- Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Will win: Lena Dunham
Should win: Amy Poehler
The unconventional ingénue will likely score a win, while Poehler remains the funniest woman on television.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
- Louis C.K., “Louie”
- Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
- Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
- Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
- Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Will win: Jim Parsons
Should win: Louis C.K.
Not only is his show revolutionary in refusing to adhere to sitcom standards, but his performances are real, truthful, and hilarious.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
- Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
- Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
- Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
- Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
- Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Will win: Maggie Smith
Should win: Christina Hendricks
In a spectacular year, the “Mad Men” vamp finally told off her husband and began to melt Don Draper. But for all “Mad Men” ’s acclaim, its actors never win.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
- Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
- Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
- Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
- Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
- Jared Harris, “Mad Men"
Will and should win: Giancarlo Esposito
Anyone else would be criminal.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
- Glenn Close, “Damages”
- Claire Danes, “Homeland”
- Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
- Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
- Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Will and should win: Claire Danes
This is the most competitive category of the awards, but Danes is unstoppable.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
- Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
- Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
- Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
- Jon Hamm, “Mad Men’’
- Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Will win: Bryan Cranston
Should win: Jon Hamm
Cranston is amazing, no doubt, but when will people realize that Hamm isn’t just playing himself? His Don Draper is nuanced, complex, and commanding.


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