Emmy’s 2014: Snubs, Surprises, and Predictions

Happy Emmy Thursday Filtered Lens Readers! The Nominees were announced early this morning by The Voice host Carson Daly and Mindy Project‘s own Mindy Kaling. Below, you’ll find our take on the biggest snubs, surprises, our predictions for who will win in August:




Biggest Snubs: I’m just going to assume that Claire Underwood and Olivia Pope used their combined DC-underworld connections to take out Sarah Manning and all of her clone sisters, because THAT’S THE ONLY SANE REASON I CAN THINK OF FOR TATIANA MASLANY NOT BEING NOMINATED! *Deep Breath*

Additionally, no one from the Hannibal team was nominated, meaning Dr. Lecter must’ve finally eaten the entire cast and crew and then, with no other options, started eating himself. Show some restraint, man!

Shameless fans are no doubt disappointed that Emmy Rossum didn’t get nominated for her compelling arc this season. Seriously guys, her first name is EMMY!

And finally, while there were a slew of good comedies this year, it’s a shame to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine edged out of the competition. At least Andre Braugher got in!


Biggest Surprises: Congratulations to Masters of Sex‘s Lizzy Caplan! It’s great to see one of the year’s more underrated performances given some Emmy love.

Silicon Valley, you sly dog! It’s rare for a first-year show to get nominated like this, but I’m glad to see Mike Judge’s acerbic comedy is in the running.

Other than that, everything else seems pretty par for the course.


Most Deserved: I could also mention Caplan here, but I’ll instead divert your attention to Lena Heady, who got her first nom for Game of Thrones! She did some excellent work this season at Cersei…I hope she’s enjoying a big glass of wine to herself right now.

Allison Janney…not for Mom, but for her guest actress nom for Masters of Sex. She was one of the best characters on the show in its first season (aside from Caplan, of course).

Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Natasha, Lyonne, and Lavern Cox all got nominated for Orange is the New Black! They probably had to stop at a certain point because it would be unfair to nominate the whole cast. Congrats ladies!

Louis CK made one hell of a season this year, and it’s great to see him get two nominations (for the show, and for himself as a comedy actor) for his artful, experimental work.

Though it’s not one of the major awards, congrats to Inside Amy Schumer for getting a nom in Outstanding Writing for a Variety Program. You did it, Amy!

Also congrats to the aformentioned Braugher! Not only are you playing one of the least stereotypical gay characters on TV, you’re also totally hilarious.

And just a big round of applause to everyone involved in The Normal Heart, just great work all around.


Toughest Race: The Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series categories are both very tough calls. Damn you all for being so talented!


The Nominations that Shocked Absolutely No One: Wow, you guys, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory got nominated again this year. This is huge. In other news, the sky is blue today.


Emmy MVPs: Leading the pack is Game of Thrones with a total of 19 nominations, followed closely behind by Fargo and American Horror Story: Coven who have 18 and 17 nominations respectively.

HBO is the most nominated network with 99 nods, because it’s mothaf*ckin HBO, of course.


And now, without further ado, our predictions for who should go home with gold on awards night…and who’s going to go home with it anyway:


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True Detective had critics buzzing, but my money is on the extremely well-received final eight episodes of Breaking Bad. You just can’t beat Walter White. It’s just a shame that Mad Men decided to go the same route, because the first half of their final season was rather unimpressive.

Will/Should Win: Breaking Bad


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Orange is the New Black is really a breakaway hit for Netflix, but I worry that it’s dramatic inclinations will lead some Academy members to vote the other way. Still, it’s important to remember that this nomination is for it’s first season, which makes the real winner here Louie. Despite some highly original nominees in this category, however, I have a feeling Modern Family will win out once again.

Will Win: Modern Family   Should Win: Louie


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Both Fargo and Coven boast some big name actors, which means they’ll likely be the frontrunners in this competition. The Emmy’s love when movie stars come to TV! I wouldn’t count out Luther just yet, though. Idris Elba does great work.

Will/Should Win: Fargo


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I’d hardly call this a contest. Killing Kennedy and The Trip to Bountiful were both well-received, but The Normal Heart is tailor-made for the Emmy’s. It’s also very, very good. Except it to go home big this year.

Will/Should Win: The Normal Heart


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One of the toughest races to call. Bryan Cranston did excellent work in the final episodes of Breaking Bad, and Kevin Spacey is undeniably good on House of Cards. Still, I think the best performance here goes to Matthew McConaughey on True Detective. He really gave it his all, providing one of the most compelling aspects of the show. It’s a shame that, with this much talent, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm will likely be overlooked again.

Will Win: Bryan Cranston   Should Win: Matthew McConaughey


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Ah, the other tough race. While in my heart of hearts I’d love for Caplan to take home the gold, I know that it will most likely go to Claire Danes or Robin Wright. Both ladies are incredibly talented, but it’d be nice for some new blood to join the ranks this year. Speaking of which, don’t count out Kerry Washington. She could be the wildcard that no one sees coming.

Will Win: Claire Danes   Should Win: Lizzy Caplan


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My vote is for Peter Dinklage on this one. He did such excellent work this season, especially when Tyrion was put on trial. Still, Josh Charles’ headline-making death on The Good Wife is likely award him a win. Also worth mentioning is Aaron Paul, whose final moments as Jesse on Breaking Bad were inspired.

Will Win: Josh Charles   Should Win: Peter Dinklage


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I think Anna Gunn has this one locked down. If nothing else, the episode “Ozymandius” proves just how much of a dramatic force she is. Still, it would be unwise to disregard Cersei. Headey succeeded in the challenging task of making her character both sympathetic and reviled. That takes serious talent.

Will/Should Win: Anna Gunn


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There’s a lot of good actors here, but this for sure goes to Joe Morton’s turn as Papa Pope on Scandal. His performance was so wonderfully theatrical, it stood above anyone else he was ever in a scene with. Still, Downton Abbey is host to some very respected actors, so I’m expecting a Paul Giamatti win.

Will Win: Paul Giamatti   Should Win: Joe Morton


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Allison Janney has some feisty competition. Diana Rigg was excellently sassy on Game of Thrones, and all I’ll say about Kate Mara’s performance on House of Cards was that it was very…shocking. Jane Fonda is arguably the biggest star here, and her performance was one of the best things The Newsroom had to offer. I hope the Academy goes with Janney, though. She’s too good to be overlooked.

Will Win: Jane Fonda   Should Win: Allison Janney


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This race is full of hugely prestigious actors, but my money is on Mark Ruffalo. A close second would be Billy Bob Thorton, who turned in a truly wicked performance in Fargo. Of course, this could all be pointless speculation and Benedict Cumberbatch could end up usurping them all. You never know.

Will/Should Win: Mark Ruffalo


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For the few people who saw The Spoils of Babylon, you know just how hilarious Kristen Wiig was as Cynthia. Still, I fear she’ll be vastly overshadowed by the likes of her high caliber competition such as Jessica Lange and Cicely Tyson. I will say that Fiona Goode might be Lange’s best role yet on Coven, so I won’t be too disappointed if she wins. I just won’t be that surprised either.

Will Win: Jessica Lange   Should Win: Kristen Wiig


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If someone from The Normal Heart doesn’t win, I’ll be very surprised. My money is on Matt Bomer, who gave a truly harrowing performance as a young man slowly succumbing to the AIDS virus. It proved he’s so much more than the slick conman he plays on White Collar.

Will/Should Win: Matt Bomer



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As I said, the Emmy’s love when movie stars come to TV, so I think Julia Roberts has this one in the bag. Her performance in The Normal Heart was solid, and certainly more aggressive than the roles we’re used to seeing her in. Still, it’s hard to ignore the ladies of Coven, both of whom are big movie stars as well. The most deserving person, I think, is Ellen Burstyn, who’s wicked grandmother in Flowers in the Attic rose above far above the soapy premise of the story.

Will Win: Julia Roberts    Should Win: Ellen Burstyn


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Louis CK really deserves this one, but I’d also be happy to see Don Cheadle recognized for his great work on House of Lies. Unfortunately, I have a feeling they’re both going to lose out to Jim Parsons, who, while great in The Normal Heart, is very one-dimensional in The Big Bang Theory. Also, he’s already won three times, guys! Give someone else a chance!

Will Win: Jim Parsons  Should Win: Louis CK


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Amy Poehler really needs to win an Emmy already, but my vote is for Taylor Schilling’s wonderfully uninhibited performance in Orange is the New Black. Though I’m a huge fan of Veep, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is great on it, I’m kind of hoping she doesn’t win again. She will, though.

Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus  Should Win: Taylor Schilling


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I would give this award to either Adam Driver or Andre Braugher for both turning in compelling, unique, and very funny performances. Jesse Tyler Ferguson—especially after the Mitch/Cam wedding–is always a solid bet, although perhaps we should be looking to Tony Hale, who was last year’s winner.

Will Win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson   Should Win: Adam Driver


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Kate Mulgrew is all-around amazing as Red, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Julie Bowen won again this year (let’s just hope her speech isn’t agonizingly awkward…). Though it’s unlikely, I would be pleasantly surprised to see the wonderful Kate McKinnon win for her work on SNL. She’s been a standout player ever since joining the series.

Will Win: Julie Bowen   Should Win: Kate Mulgrew


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Gary Cole did some very funny work on Veep this year, so a win for him would be well-deserved. He could very well lose out to one of the SNL guests (Jimmy Fallon‘s episode was particularly entertaining), but you should never underestimate the power of an acclaimed sitcom star. Bob Newhart could be the one to beat.

Will Win: Bob Newhart   Should Win: Gary Cole


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It’s gotta be one of the Orange ladies. The best bet is Aduba, who, even in her limited season 1 role, managed to be both humorous and heartfelt. Crazy Eyes is a character that got critics talking and Tumblr posts devoting themselves to her great one-liners. I think the Emmy voters will be very happy to be her “dandelion.”

Will/Should Win: Uzo Aduba


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The Colbert Report surprisingly won over The Daily Show last year, so I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those two again. It would be nice, though, to see the stellar Jimmy Fallon get a win for his constantly entertaining and inventive talk show.

Will Win: The Daily Show (unless it’s The Colbert Report)

Should Win: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon


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We here at The Filtered Lens don’t watch too much reality TV, but I’m going to guess that The Voice will win for it’s fresh take on the singing competition show, or The Amazing Race will win because it’s already won 14 Emmys. So You Think You Can Dance really deserves this,though, that show is nonstop entertainment from start to finish.

Will Win: The Voice  Should Win: So You Think You Can Dance


Well, there you have it, folks! What do you think of your predictions for Emmy night? Which snubs were you most upset about, and who are you hoping will win at the ceremony? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check back here on August 25th for our take on the winners and losers!


By Mike Papirmeister

One Response to Emmy’s 2014: Snubs, Surprises, and Predictions

  1. SherryAva says:

    Props for your call out for Kate Mulgrew! The woman is an amazing actress and Orange is the New Black is an intoxicating show. Great picks overall.

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