Primetime Emmys: You either win or you die

It’s television’s most prestigious night, when our favorite B-list celebrities battle it out for a little statue of some sort of angel holding the world. It’s probably a metaphor for the power they think they have over us, but I’ll have to check with the Illuminati. I’m going to use my sixth sense to predict who will win and to also talk to Bruce Willis, but I’ll save that for another article.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“Orange is the New Black”

Who Will Win: “Mad Men”
Who Should Win: “Better Call Saul”

The sort of prequel to “Breaking Bad” is, in my opinion, even better that its predecessor in its first season. It may not be as action-packed as “Breaking Bad,” but the writing, acting and directing have been fine- tuned to near perfection. It’s definitely the one to beat. Unfortunately, the TV Academy has some weird love affair with period pieces, so it’ll be a tough battle.

Outstanding Comedy Series
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Who Will Win: “Transparent”
Who Should Win: “Parks and Recreation”

Despite being one of the best comedic television shows in the past several years, “Parks” has been snubbed year after year in favor of half of the above list. The show’s final season was short, but it brought a brilliant closure to a magnificent, smart, and well-rounded series. While “Transparent” is groundbreaking and equally great, I want one last ride with “Parks.”

Lead Actor, Drama
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Who Will Win: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Who Should Win: Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Although I do believe Hamm deserves recognition for his portrayal of Don Draper (and he has yet to receive any from the Emmys), Odenkirk has shown the world ten-fold what a great, subtle actor looks like.

Lead Actress, Drama
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Who Will Win: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Who Should Win: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”

This one was a tough one to call, since Henson’s performance in “Empire” was also a stand out from the last television season. However, with her Hollywood clout, and some of the most gut-wrenching private moments I have seen on television the past few years, I truly believe Davis is the one to beat.

Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Who Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Who Should Win: Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Tambor is going to win this category by a landslide, if the Golden Globes taught us anything this year. It will be a real shock if any of the other nominees beat him, since his performance, as I said before, was groundbreaking.

Lead Actress, Comedy
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Who Will Win: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Who Should Win: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Once more it will be a battle between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler. Dreyfus has won four Emmys throughout her lifetime while Poehler has received none. These two ladies are some of the funniest people on the planet, and yet one has been continuously snubbed. That’s why I believe it’s Poehler’s year. The TV Academy should know it’s about damn time they recognize her talent. Otherwise, I will personally hunt them down.