Who Will Take Home Emmys This Sunday?

Television’s biggest night, the Emmys, are this Sunday. We gave you a full list of the nominees back when they were announced, but now, on the Emmy Eve, here are some predictions on who will take home gold in the big categories.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:
“Game Change” (HBO)
“American Horror Story” (FX)
“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” (PBS)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Hatfields & McCoys” (History)

Who Will Win? Most likely American Horror Story, which is daring and original but also has Emmy talent behind it. If the voters want to get political they could go with Game Change, the problem is no one actually liked that movie.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Tina Fey – “30 Rock” (NBC)
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep” (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy – “Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Zooey Deschanel – “New Girl” (FOX)
Lena Dunham – “Girls” (HBO)

Who Will Win? Lena Dunham writes, directs, and acts on Girls, a show that she also created. This will be the one category where she’ll be recognized for it, even if the show doesn’t win best Comedy.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock” (NBC)
Louis C.K. – “Louie” (FX)
Jon Cryer – “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
Larry David – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Who Will Win? Jim Parsons. He’s one the last few years, and Emmy voters love to vote consistently. It helps that he’s on the biggest comedy hit of the past few years.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Kristen Wiig – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Merritt Wever – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Kathryn Joosten – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
Mayim Blalik – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Who Will Win? One of the ladies from Modern Family. It doesn’t matter which.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Bill Hader – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Ed O’Neill – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family” (ABC)
Max Greenfield – “New Girl” (FOX)

Who Will Win? One of the guys from Modern Family. It doesn’t matter which.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Veep” (HBO)
“Girls” (HBO)

Who Will Win? Modern Family is the favorite, and they’ve stayed on top again this year. Expect them to win again.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kathy Bates – “Harry’s Law” (NBC)
Claire Danes – “Homeland” (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss – “Mad Men” (HBO)
Glenn Close – “Damages” (DirectTV)
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Who Will Win? Claire Danes is going to win here so the Emmys can give Homeland some love, but Homeland won’t win the big prize.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter” (Showtime)
Jojn Hamm – “Mad Men” (AMC)
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Damian Lewis – “Homeland” (Showtime)
Hugh Bonneville – “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Who Will Win? Cranston was out last year due to a lengthy hiatus between seasons, so Emmy voters are going to welcome him back with open arms. Anyone else getting this would be a major upset.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Who Will Win? The Emmy Voters love Maggie Smith, and she’s got the flashiest role here. Expect a win for her.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Jared Harris, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Who Will Win?  This is the toughest category to crack, but I’m pulling for Peter Dinklage, who is arguably the closest thing Game of Thrones has to a lead. He won last year, so let’s see if he can go two for two.

Outstanding Drama Series:
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Who Will Win? Mad Men will win, even though this is another tough category. Emmy voters and audiences love it, and the series is the biggest it’s ever been in terms of viewership. This will be the fifth consecutive win for a series, a first in the Drama category. The Emmy voters would love to make history.

The Emmys will be handed out this Sunday night, September 23rd. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be live tweeting the event @JohnWShannon. See you then!

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon


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