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

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
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
, USA Network (with Political
) 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
, 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
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
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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