My Hopes for the Primetime Emmy Nominations!

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Emmy Nominations are tomorrow! Every year, I get super excited to see some deserving people get nominated for their excellent work. And every year, I’m almost always disappointed. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a Golden Age of Television. Even making this list, I needed to nix some people who I absolutely adore that had amazing performances.

Now this year the Emmys made a couple of new rules that will hopefully be game changers. You can no longer just pick where you are going to submit your show. You have to get it approved as a comedy. Sorry, OITNB but you are a drama this year….and that drama category is tough as nails. Don’t get me wrong, I love Orange is the New Black and you’ll a lot of people from that show on this list but it is quite annoying to see them submit themselves in whatever category they think they’ll do best in. I wouldn’t have been surprised if this year we looked at the ballot and saw them submitted as a Made for TV movie. There’s also a bunch of different rules regarding what constitutes a Miniseries. So American Horror Story is in and Luther is out.

But enough about the new rules. Let’s talk about these ballots. There are definitely a few people that I would really love to see get nominated and I will talk about those few later but right now I’m going to talk about nominations as a whole.

So many shows ended this year which gives the Emmy voters a little bit of pressure regarding that show. It’s the last time they’ll ever get nominated for that role! Mad Men ended. Justified ended. Sons of Anarchy ended. Most importantly, Parks and Recreation ended. But out of those shows how many will get Emmy nominations? Probably not a lot. There are so few spots and so many shows. Now with Netflix and Amazon and all of these other avenues, the ballots are near impossible to get through.

Now of course before I get into specific people. I need to talk solely about my favorite show that gets looked over time and time again; The Walking Dead. Why on earth can’t a show about zombies get some love? It’s amazing. The writing is brilliant and the actors are some of the best in the field. I have to be honest….I’m a fan of award shows and definitely a fan of the Emmys but after The Walking Dead didn’t get a single nomination last season, I really started to lose faith in the whole system. Andrew Lincoln is so very deserving of at least a nomination and “The Grove”?!? How on earth did that not get a writing nom? Luckily TWD showrunners didn’t give up hope because they still submitted a whole lot in the ballot. I must say, at first I was livid to see all sorts of actors and actresses from The Walking Dead on the ballot for Supporting Actors and Actresses but not Chad L. Coleman and Emily Kinney. Tyler James Williams was on there but not them! I almost had a conniption. But alas, I kept scrolling and saw them both on the Guest Actor/Actress ballot. You may think it’s a little mean for the showrunners to submit them as “Guest” when they were clearly so much more for the show. But it was actually an act of love for those two actors. They have a much better chance of getting nominated in that category and also a much better chance of winning! Do I think they’ll show up come nomination day? No, not really but hey, at least they have a chance.

So below are my nomination hopes for the 2015 Primetime Emmys. They are not my predictions but my hopes. There are so many other places on the internet where you can get predictions. I want to write about the people who should be nominated…..even if it’s definite that they won’t be.

After the list of all of my nominations I will write another post about the few performers that I’m rooting for above all else and why. In the comments let me know what you think….and what your Emmy hopes are.


Best Limited Series: 

American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Book of Negroes

The Honorable Woman

Olive Kitteridge


Best Television Movie: 


Derek: The Final Chapter

Killing Jesus


Stockholm, Pennsylvania


Best Comedy Series: 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Last Man on Earth

The Mindy Project

Parks and Recreation


Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Best Drama Series: 

The Americans

Bates Motel

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Leftovers

Sons of Anarchy

The Walking Dead


Directing (Comedy):

Eric Appell (Brooklyn Nine Nine)-Halloween Part 2

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (Last Man on Earth)- Alive in Tucson

Louis C.K. (Louie)-Sleepover

Steve Levitan (Modern Family)-Connection Lost

Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation)-One Last Ride


Directing (Drama):

Tucker Gates (Bates Motel)- Unconscious

Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones)-Hardhome

Peter Berg (The Leftovers)- Pilot

Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy)- Papa’s Goods

Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead)- What’s Happened and What’s Going On


Writing (Comedy):

In Heat (Broad City)

Alive in Tucson (The Last Man on Earth)

Bobby’s House (Louie)

Leslie and Ron (Parks and Recreation)

One Last Ride (Parks and Recreation)


Writing (Drama):

Do Mail Robots Dream of Electrice Sheep? (The Americans)

Norma Louise (Bates Motel)

Mother’s Mercy (Game of Thrones)

Red Rose (Sons of Anarchy)

What Happened and What’s Going on (The Walking Dead)


Lead Actor (Limited Series or Movie):

Adrien Brody (Houdini)

Timothy Hutton (American Crime)

Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge)

David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

Bill Paxton (Texas Rising)


Lead Actress (Limited Series or Movie):

Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)

Felicity Huffman (American Crime)

Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Queen Latifah (Bessie)


Supporting Actor (Limited Series or Movie):

Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall)

Stephen Rea (The Honorable Woman)

Michael Kenneth Williams (Bessie)

Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story)


Supporting Actress (Limited Series or Movie):

Mo’Nique (Bessie)

Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)

Janet McNeer (The Honorable Woman)

Cynthia Nixon (Stockholm, Pennsylvania)

Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) 


Lead Actor (Comedy Series):

Will Forte (Last Man on Earth)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Chris Messina (The Mindy Project)

Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)

Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine Nine)

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation)

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)


Lead Actress (Comedy Series):

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Ilana Glazer (Broad City)

Abbi Jacobson (Broad City)

Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)

Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth)


Supporting Actor (Comedy Series):

Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation)

Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Noel Fisher (Shameless)

T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley)

Cameron Monaghan (Shameless)

Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation)


Supporting Actress (Comedy Series):

Carrie BrownStein (Portlandia)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine Nine)

Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation)

Retta (Parks and Recreation)


Guest Actor (Comedy Series):

Josh Charles (Inside Amy Schumer)

Stephen Colbert (The Mindy Project)

Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation)

Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)

Jon Hamm (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Ben Schwartz (Park and Recreation)

Bradley Whitford (Transparent)


Guest Actress (Comedy Series):

Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Laura Dern (The Mindy Project)

Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Kathryn Hahn (Parks and Recreation)

Rhea Perlman (The Mindy Project)

Jenny Slate (House of Lies)

June Squibb (Getting On)


Lead Actor (Drama Series):

Kyle Chandler (Bloodline)

Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel)

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy)

Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead)

Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

Justin Theroux (The Leftovers)


Lead Actress (Drama Series):

Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)

Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)

Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)

Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)


Supporting Actor (Drama Series):

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Christopher Eccleston (The Leftovers)

Walton Goggins (Justified)

Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline)

Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire)

Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead)


Supporting Actress (Drama Series):

Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead)

Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Lorraine Toussant (Orange is the New Black)

Alison Wright (The Americans)


Guest Actor (Drama Series):

Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead)

Raymond Crus (Better Call Saul)

Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife)

Walton Goggins (Sons of Anarchy)

Edward James Olmos (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD)

Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black)

Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead)


Guest Actress (Drama Series):

Stockard Channing (The Good Wife)

Allison Janney (Masters of Sex)

Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead)

Margo Martindale (The Americans)

Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)

Lois Smith (The Americans)

Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder)


One thought on “My Hopes for the Primetime Emmy Nominations!

  1. I may not have seen all of the shows on this list but I am loving the Bates and Walking Dead love! At the very least, if this turns out to be another year where The Walking Dead doesn’t get some Emmy love, Bates Motel sure as hell better. Such excellent shows. I’m hoping that your hopes become realities!

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