The 2016 Emmy Nominations: Predictions and Thoughts from a Nerd's Perspective
We have four weeks to go until the 2016 Emmy Awards. As a television reviewer for this site and a general fan of the medium, the nominations caught my attention when they were announced last month. Needless to say, there were some pleasant surprises, but there were also some entrants that left me frustrated, upset, and bewildered. I invite the readers of this article to journey into my line of thought on the Emmys. I shall peruse through the major award categories and declare who I think will win, who I think should win, and any thoughts I have on the category or nominees. Best Comedy Series The Nominees Black-ish Master of None Silicon Valley Transparent Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep Who Will Win: Veep Who Should Win: Anyone else My Thoughts: I'm sorry, but I haven't caught on to the critics' obsession with Veep. Best Drama Series The Nominees The Americans Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mr. Robot Who Will Win: Game of Thrones Who Should Win: Game of Thrones My Thoughts: Come up with one reason why GoT shouldn't win. I'm waiting . . . Best Variety Talk Series The Nominees Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee The Late Late Show with James Corden Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Real Time with Bill Maher The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Who Will Win: Jimmy Fallon Who Should Win: James Corden My Thoughts: No Conan or Kimmel? I just have to say one other thing: Jimmy Fallon is highly overrated. There, I said it. Best Variety Sketch Series The Nominees Documentary Now! Drunk History Inside Amy Schumer Key & Peele Portlandia Saturday Night Live Who Will Win: Inside Amy Schumer Who Should Win: Drunk History My Thoughts: I love me some Amy Schumer, but tell me Drunk History isn't fantastic! Best Limited Series The Nominees Fargo The Night Manager American Crime The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Roots Who Will Win: The People v. O. J. Simpson Who Should Win: The People v. O. J. Simpson My Thoughts: Who on earth has the brass ones to remake Roots? Was there even a need? Best Reality/Competition Program The Nominees The Amazing Race American Ninja Warrior Dancing with the Stars Project Runway Top Chef The Voice My Thoughts: I don't watch a single one of these shows. Reality shows are not good in general. The one exception is Ink Master, and I see there is no nomination, so my interest in this category is zero. Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series The Nominees Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Aziz Ansari, Master Of None William H. Macy, Shameless Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Who Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor Who Should Win: William H. Macy My Thoughts: If the Emmys are as half as political as the Oscars, fan favorites do not necessarily get the consideration they should. On this list, Shameless is probably the most beloved, at least by those that have access to Showtime. Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The Nominees Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Laurie Metcalf, Getting On Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie Who Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Who Should Win: Amy Schumer My Thoughts: I may be the only person in the world that isn't completely enthralled with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Seinfeld aside, I don't find her humorous . . . at least not to the point the Emmy people seem to think. Pick someone else, guys. Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Nominees Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Matthew Rhys, The Americans Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Who Will Win: Kevin Spacey Who Should Win: Liev Schreiber My Thoughts: I think Kevin Spacey is a talented actor but could someone take five minutes to give Liev Schreiber props for how awesome he is this year . . . please? Also, where's the nomination for Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul? Best Lead Actress in a Drama The Nominees Claire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder Taraji P. Henson, Empire Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Keri Russell, The Americans Robin Wright, House of Cards Who Will Win: It's a tossup between Claire Danes and Viola Davis Who Should Win: Keri Russell My Thoughts: I think all nerds should be absolutely outraged that Krysten Ritter was not even nominated for Jessica Jones! Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie The Nominees Bryan Cranston, All the Way Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Idris Elba, Luthor Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Who Will Win: Bryan Cranston Who Should Win: Courtney B. Vance My Thoughts: I hated his character, but damn if Vance wasn't good! Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie The Nominees Kirsten Dunst, Fargo Sarah Paulson, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Felicity Huffman, American Crime Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Lili Taylor, American Crime Kerry Washington, Confirmation Who Will Win: Sarah Paulson Who Should Win: Sarah Paulson My Thoughts: If Sarah Paulson doesn't win, I will officially think the Emmys are rigged. Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy The Nominees Louie Anderson, Baskets Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ty Burrell, Modern Family Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele Matt Walsh, Veep Who Will Win: Ty Burrell Who Should Win: Louie Anderson My Thoughts: I love Ty Burrell, but isn't Modern Family sort of on its way out? If not, does no one else from that show get love? Also, very surprising that no one from The Big Bang Theory was nominated. Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy The Nominees Anna Chlumsky, Veep Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent Judith Light, Transparent Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Niecy Nash, Getting On My Thoughts: Forgive me, I have no idea who should or will win in this category. I don't watch Veep or Transparent and have never seen Getting On. I would vote for SNL except I stopped watching after Kristen Wiig left—it hasn't been good in years! Best Supporting Actor in a Drama The Nominees Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones Michael Kelly, House of Cards Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline John Voight, Ray Donovan Who Will Win: Peter Dinklage Who Should Win: Kit Harrington My Thoughts: Before I get crucified, I love Peter Dinklage! However, how can anyone, nerds especially, argue that this season was not Jon Snow's year? Best Supporting Actress in a Drama The Nominees Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Lena Headey, Game of Thrones Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Maura Tierney, The Affair Constance Zimmer, UnREAL Who Will Win: Maggie Smith Who Should Win: Anyone from Game of Thrones My Thoughts: I think Game of Thrones as some of the most talented actresses on TV as well as probably the strongest women on TV. How can one of them not win?! As much as I disagree, though, I think it will be Maggie Smith. Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie The Nominees Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager Jesse Plemmons, Fargo David Schwimmer, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story John Travolta, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo Who Will Win: Sterling K. Brown Who Should Win: John Travolta My Thoughts: John Travolta was probably the most fun person to watch on The People v. O. J. Simpson, so that has to count for something. Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of Movie The Nominees Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel Olivia Colman, The Night Manager Regina King, American Crime Melissa Leo, All the Way Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel Jean Smart, Fargo Who Will Win: Kathy Bates Who Should Win: Melissa Leo My Thoughts: No offense to Kathy Bates or Sarah Paulson, but American Horror Story: Hotel sucks on ice! Better luck next season. And there you have my predictions. I'm upset that more nerdy shows didn't (and typically don't) show up. But hey, every day we grow larger and larger as a group. Game of Thrones definitely has it in the bag this year, and that's what I call winning the battle . . . for now.
Zachary Svoboda