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Somehow, the Emmys are already upon us. The telecast is airing nearly a month earlier than usual this year, and on a Monday (August 25 at 8pm on NBC), to boot. Although many of the nominees didn't quite satisfy our dream choices, we here at TV.com are still committed to making sure the best possible people and shows take home the shiny trophies. After working through the miniseries and comedy races, we're bringing it home with the drama categories. Will Breaking Bad finish strong, or will HBO's risky decision to enter True Detective as a drama instead of a miniseries actually pay off? Regardless of the outcome, here's who we believe deserves some new hardware.


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Bobby Cannavale (2013), Aaron Paul (2012), and Peter Dinklage (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Josh Charles | Cory: Josh Charles | Jen: Peter Dinklage | Kaitlin: Aaron Paul

Nick: Peter Dinklage | Noel: Josh Charles | Tim: Peter Dinklage

WHY JOSH CHARLES SHOULD WIN: At first I thought Charles submitting "Hitting the Fan" was an odd choice, but after a re-watch focused on his performance, doing so was a smart move. Charles mixes up an emotional cocktail, combining Will Gardner's feelings of shock, betrayal, outrage, and heartbreak into a performance that never goes big, but instead goes just big enough; no one does sad, doleful, near-teary eyes like Charles. After firing Alicia, Will shifts into "commando" mode, and so does Charles. There are no emotional pauses or stumbles. It's tour de force performance in a tour de force season for him. Noel Kirkpatrick

WHY AARON PAUL SHOULD WIN: Peter Dinklage or Josh Charles could just as easily walk away with this award, but Aaron Paul is a two-time winner and four-time nominee whose show is in its final year of eligibility. Breaking Bad's final season was heart-stopping and intense, fulfilling in all the right ways, and one of the series' best outings. Paul might not have had as much to do in Season 5B as he did in seasons past, but he maximized the screen time he did get as the broken and beaten Jesse Pinkman, especially in “Confessions,” when he played Jesse as haggard, despairing, and angry. You could feel the pain seeping from his performance, bitch. —Kaitlin Thomas


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), and Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Anna Gunn (2013), Maggie Smith (2012), and Margo Martindale (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Christine Baranski | Cory: Anna Gunn | Jen: Anna Gunn | Kaitlin: Anna Gunn

Nick: Anna Gunn | Noel: Christine Baranski | Tim: Anna Gunn

WHY ANNA GUNN SHOULD WIN: For all the terrible remarks, insensitive blathering, and misguided hatred for the dynamic and layered Skyler White, Anna Gunn should win Emmys until 2017 even though Breaking Bad has been off the air for a year already. It's only fair. Nick Campbell

WHY CHRISTINE BARANSKI SHOULD WIN: In The Good Wife's fifth season, everyone and everything associated with the series raised its already high-flying game. And throughout a run that saw Diane Lockhart weathering a blindside betrayal from two colleagues, the grisly death of her professional partner, and repeated blows to her career ambitions, Baranski remained an island of poise. Whether steeling herself against assaults from without or within the firm, or letting her guard down to begin reconnecting with Alicia over drinks, Baranski invests Diane with the quiet resolve that make her both a person to admire and a force to be reckoned with. —Andy Daglas


LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Jeff Daniels (2013), Damian Lewis (2012), and Kyle Chandler (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Jon Hamm | Cory: Matthew McConaughey | Jen: Matthew McConaughey

Kaitlin: Matthew McConaughey | Nick: Bryan Cranston | Noel: Bryan Cranston

Tim: Bryan Cranston

WHY MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY SHOULD WIN: While HBO's decision to submit True Detective as a drama instead of a miniseries was a ballsy one, I would've had an equally difficult time choosing between Matthew McConaughey, Martin Freeman, and Billy Bob Thornton if McConaughey had entered the "lesser" race. FargoTrue Detective, and Breaking Bad's final half-season showcased so much skill and talent that I almost wish they'd been separated by a year or two in order to spread the awards love around—but hey, that's a good problem to have, right? Bryan Cranston's work on Breaking Bad was, of course, amazing... but so was McConaughey's on True Detective. His Rust Cohle was captivating, even if you didn't care for the series itself, and he deserves to walk away with an Emmy to show for it. —Jen Trolio

WHY BRYAN CRANSTON SHOULD WIN: If you don't know, you need to call somebody. Maybe Saul. —Nick Campbell


LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal), and Robin Wright (House of Cards)

RECENT WINNERS: 

Claire Danes (2012 and 2013) and Julianna Margulies (2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Julianna Margulies | Cory: Robin Wright | Jen: Lizzy Caplan 

Kaitlin: Julianna Margulies | Nick: Lizzy Caplan | Noel: Julianna Margulies 

Tim: Lizzy Caplan

WHY ROBIN WRIGHT SHOULD WIN: It's a little harder to choose Wright once you learn that she didn't submit the fourth episode of House of Cards' second season, which was simply one of the best performances on all of TV (or the internet) in the last calendar year. Instead, the actress went with the still-solid season finale that gave her character a couple out-of-the-ordinary emotional moments. Wright's performance is not the kind that really shines in one episode, but in a crowded field, she still stands out quite a bit. —Cory Barker

WHY LIZZY CAPLAN SHOULD WIN: Even though Masters of Sex didn't make a huge splash in its first season, it quietly became one of the best shows of 2013, and Lizzy Caplan was (and continues to be) outstanding at its center. She's infused Virginia Johnson with poise, wit, a palpable sense of curiosity and purpose, and an incredible range of emotion; even though she's an underdog in this crowded race, there's no one who I'd like to see win it more. —Jen Trolio


OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: 

Breaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad Men, and True Detective

RECENT WINNERS: 

Breaking Bad (2013), Homeland (2012), and Mad Men (2008 through 2011)

OUR PICKS: 

Andy: Breaking Bad Cory: Breaking Bad Jen: Breaking Bad |Kaitlin: Breaking Bad

Nick: Breaking Bad Noel: Breaking Bad Tim: Breaking Bad

WHY BREAKING BAD SHOULD WIN: You’d be hard-pressed to find a series as finely tuned as Breaking Bad was from start to finish. The final half-season, which began with Walt’s warning to Hank to “tread lightly” and culminated with his lifeless body on the floor of Jack’s meth lab, was perfectly and meticulously plotted. It hit every note, it answered every question, and it did so by raising the stakes and demanding we pay attention, dammit. Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, and Betsy Brandt turned in what will probably be the best performances of their careers, and behind the scenes, Vince Gilligan and his entire creative team delivered equally admirable work, particularly in “Ozymandias,” which is probably one of the finest hours of television in the history of the medium. And since this is the show's last chance to win it, the Emmy is theirs to lose. —Kaitlin Thomas


Who do you think should win in this year's drama races?


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AIRED ON 9/20/2015

Season 67 : Episode 1

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Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) of Suits should get a nod for Best Supporting Actor, he massively deserves it
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Only one of these choices is really easy: Lizzy Caplan for lead actress. Of course, it wouldn't have been so easy if the people responsible for the nominations didn't have their heads up their asses. Keri Russell and Tatiana Maslany should have been nominated. If they had been, I would have chosen Keri Russel, even though it would have been painful to not vote for the incredible Lizzy Caplan. Tatiana is the third choice for me. Julianna Margulies fourth. Michelle Dockery is good, but she doesn't carry her show like the others do, and I have no idea why Robin Wright keeps getting nominated for these things. This year she's at least sort of a lead character, but still a really boring one. It was completely insane to nominate her last year, when she wasn't the lead actress or the best actress on her own show.

I wonder how much our choices for actors and actresses are influenced by what shows we like the best. I like The Americans much better than Masters of Sex (because the things happening on MoS aren't as interesting), and Masters of Sex better than Orphan Black (because OB isn't nearly as well done overall). So I ended up ranking the actresses in the same order as their shows, and didn't seriously consider Clare Danes, who is still very good, but on a show that had a disappointing season.

The second easiest choice is Breaking Bad for best drama, because that was an incredible final (half) season, but it hurts to vote against Game of Thrones. GoT isn't far behind, and is lightyears ahead of the the third best show. If it doesn't win next year, I will be furious.

Lead actor: Bryan Cranston. Yes, McConaughey was very good too, and so was Woody Harrelson.

Supporting actor: Aaron Paul. But it's painful to vote against Peter Dinklage, and I think Josh Charles was really great too. Last year Mandy Patinkin was my favorite, but he didn't get very good scenes this year.

Supporting actress: It's too hard to choose between Christine Baranski, Lena Headey and Anna Gunn. It's good to see that Joanne Froggatt is nominated.
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Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) should win for supporting actor (he could almost be regarded as lead actor too it it was up to me).
Game of Thrones should win as Outstanding Drama Serie. If Breaking Bad wins One More Thing, I swear I won't watch TV for a whole year.
But I do think Anna Gunn should win for putting up with all the lies from Walter White though.
Matthew McConaughey of course should win for a terrific performance and because I and many others have had enough of Brian Cranston.
Breaking Bad WAS an awesome TV show, but: Enough it´s Enough!
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In the supporting actor and actress categories it is simply impossible to choose a winner! So many great performances this year!
But although Breaking Bad was probably one of the best, most subtle drama of all times, I feel like it's over now, and it shouldn't be here... Hell WHY is it here? Hasn't it been over for more than a year now? I'm torn between "it's its last chance to get rewards" and "Get outa here Breaking Bad! You're over!"

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) should win because he's been greater and greater with each season of Downton Abbey!
Josh Charles (The Good Wife), should win because his LAST season on TGW (snirf) has been its best (and it's his last chance to get something for playing this part!
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) should win because he's amazing and his character is the only true human being in King's landing (but that's the part, not the actor)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) should win because he's MANDY PATINKIN! (And if he doesn't we'll have to prepare to die)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) should win because it's his last chance, since BB is over, and also because he's great!


Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) should win because her character showed some layers this season, and she owned them!
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) should win because she's an amazing yet underrecognized actress
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) should win because in the end, Skylar did NOT suck! We were wrong! And surprizing us this way was quite a performance!
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) should win because she's regal
and of course Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) should win because... well... she's Maggie Smith!
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The eligibility period is May 1 2013 to April 31 2014, if I remember correctly. (Maybe it's June 1-May 31). Season 5b of BB was aired in August and September of 2013.
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Oh! OK! Thanks! That makes more sense! GO BB, then!
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Tatiana Maslany should be here :(
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And Keri Russell.
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I'm just hoping Breaking bad and everyone involved with it make a real harvest at this year's emmys. They should win even in the categories where they're not nominated.
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Terri Russel nt getting a nomination is scandalous. And yes she has been way better than Kerri Washington in the overhyped Shondaland drama.
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Robin Wright needs to win best actress!
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I don't understand why she's even nominated.
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I don't know who is going 2 win, but i know that i don't want anna gunn 2 win...i can't stand her...
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Her personally or her character in BB?

If the latter, thats why she should win.
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And she won ...lol
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Yeah u r right i thought of it l8er...:p still what an annoying character!
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All the awards for Tatiana Maslany!!!
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Do you people don't understand at all here?

There is not one story between Action/Adventure and Supernatural/Horror, with Tv and Films has love in to it at all... Not even one project/programs, it's all of them for crying out loud!!! For pete sakes that's not even fair at all, not have one story with love into it... Come on now!!! What the heck is happening these days?

Are you people saying love isn't allowed or can't be based, into Action/Adventure Universe and Supernatural/Horror Universe at all what so ever?
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Is this even a comment about the Emmy nominations, or is it just about supernatural/superhero/sci-fi/fantasy/horror shows in general? There's plenty of love in those genres:

Arrow: Oliver is more or less in love with every pretty woman on the show except his sister and his mom. (OK, he's not in love with China White or Nyssa al Ghul, but if he gets to spend 20 minutes with them, I bet he will be)

Supernatural: OK, not a lot of love there, but it's sort of the point of the show. They're not really able to have relationships because of what they do. (And they did have a few anyway).

Smallville: Lots of love stuff all the time.

Game of Thrones: OK, not a lot, but at least we had Jon and Ygritte...and I guess Tyrion and Shae.

Fringe: The relationship between Peter & Oliva was a big part of that show.
The Vampire diaries: The whole show is about a stupid love triangle, and there are lots of other relationships.

Teen Wolf: There's been a bunch of teen romances there.

The 100: Whatshisname dumped his girl Raven for the boring lead character, who's flirting with the bad boy character, whose sister is involved with a grounder.

The Star Trek and Stargate shows: There were a few romances, but not many considering how many episodes there have been.

True Blood: Sookie and Bill, Sookie and Eric, Sookie and Alcide, Sam and whatshername. Jason and Violet, Jason and Jessica, Jason and lots of others. Jessica and Hoyt. Jessica and the guy who dumped her for LaFayette. LaFayette and that guy. LaFayette and that other guy. Arlene and Terry. Arlene and the new vampire. Andy and LOL I'm so bad at remembering these people's names.
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So, it's against the rules, not allowed and not based, to have at least 3 problems/projects having love into it.... Even when it is about Action/Adventure and Supernatural/Horror....

That's nice!!!
What in the world is this world coming to these days?
Saying love can't exist at all... Within Action/Adventure Universe and Supernatural/Horror Universe what so ever... Not even one story based into projects/programs at all with Tv and Films...
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OK, now I'm sure that no one has any idea what you're talking about. I gave you a bunch of examples of love in supernatural shows, and no one has said that it's against the rules. (What rules?)
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You go on watch 5 Action/Adventure TV Shows/Films into a row, and also 5 Supernatural/Horror Tv Shows/Films into a Row... And then you will see their is no successful love, into them all amount you've just watched... It's about everything else, but love not included one bit at all...

I am telling you here, it's all of them into media business... Not even one have love into them at all one bit for fact....
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I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it.
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There is no love at all into Action/Adventure and Supernatural/Horror.... Why do they don't have at least 1 or 3 program/project have love into it? Why make them all not have love into them at all? That is not being quite fair at all one bit...
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Ha, if Game of Thrones wins this year's Best Drama I'll fix up my trunk with an automatic "You Suck, Emmy Voters!"-label gun and charge right in there.
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Have the Emmy's ever been representative of what is the year's best show, lead actor, lead actress,... I think not.
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I am totally biased towards Margulies, so it is a real achievement of Caplan's acting that some part of me still roots for her. Incredible actress.

And as much as Robin Wright did not deserve the Emmy last year, she doesn't deserve it this year either.
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Josh Charles for the 100th episode and the moment he fired Alicia and Peter Dinklage for his performance in Tyrion's trial. Both Amazing!!!!
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I'm rooting for Lizzy Caplan and Lena Heady, those two deserve some major recognition for the amazing work they put.
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If Lizzy Caplan doesn't win then she was robbed.
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How many times do they show the Emmys, twice a year?
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It's once a year. They are awards for shows that were aired during a 1-year period starting May 1 the year before.
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I know what they are. I just didn't know how many particular kinds of Emmys there are. There's primetime, daytime and a newsanchor around here won a "local" Emmy.
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Lizzy Caplan plays Virginia Johnson not Virginia Masters.
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Whoops, good catch. Fixed!
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Peter Dinklage should win if only for his performance in the episode about Tyrion's trial.
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