The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday, September 22 at 8pm. With the season finale of the Newsroom now firmly behind us, my schedule is cleared to watch the broadcast live. It’s a great opportunity to mentally flag shows you probably should be watching and celebrate the recognition of your current favorites. I love it when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences validates my taste in quality entertainment…..even if I’m still carrying a tiny grudge over a major miss not nominating The Mindy Project for at least a nod or two. I mean the writing is excellent & how do you not love Chris Messina? I digress…
As an additional treat for me, this Emmys is the most dance-friendly ever. The award for Outstanding Choreography will be presented for the first time ever during the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. Even more exciting, there will be a big dance number created by the nominated choreographers.
And if you’re interested, you can catch the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys presentation on Saturday night, September 21 on FXX. These awards are mostly technical and/or focused on more behind-the-scenes crafts like hairstyling, makeup, music, sound editing and mixing, special visual effects, and more.
Here are a few of the big categories we’ll be watching on Sunday.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA Connie Britton, Nashville Claire Danes, Homeland Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Kerry Washington, Scandal Robin Wright, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Jon Hamm, Mad Men Damien Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
OUTSTANDING COMEDY 30 Rock The Big Bang Theory Girls Louie Modern Family Veep
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Laura Dern, Enlightened Lena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Louis CK, Louie Don Cheadle, House of Lies Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Jane Lynch, Glee Julie Bowen, Modern Family Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock Anna Chlumski, Veep
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY Adam Driver, Girls Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family Ed O’Neill, Modern Family Ty Burrell, Modern Family Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live Tony Hale, Veep
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR MOVIE Behind The Candelabra American Horror Story: Asylum The Bible Phil Spector Political Animals Top Of The Lake
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter Helen Mirren, Phil Spector Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra Toby Jones, The Girl Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End Al Pacino, Phil Spector
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum Imelda Staunton, The Girl Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals Charlotte Rampling, Restless Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter Peter Mullan, Top Of The Lake
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Dancing with the Stars Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars Warren Carlyle, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center) Travis Wall, So You Think You Can Dance Sonya Tayeh, So You Think You Can Dance Mandy Jo Moore, So You Think You Can Dance Napoleon Dumo, Tabitha Dumo, So You Think You Can Dance
Any big predictions? (I’m terrible at that game!)
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