What are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Single-Camera Drama Editing?

Breaking Bad” won the Emmy for Best Single-Camera Drama Editing for its first two seasons and again for its most recent, and it has earned two bids for each of the last two years. Nominated last year:

Breaking Bad” (season 5.1 – sixth and seventh nominations, 2008, 2009, 2013 winner)
Game of Thrones” (season 3 – first nomination)
House of Cards” (season 1 – first nomination)
Mad Men” (season 6 – seventh nomination)

Top 10 Emmy contenders for Single-Camera Series Cinematography

At the most recent awards given out by the American Cinema Editors guild, whose membership overlaps with the TV academy, “Breaking Bad” set the record for the most nominations received in a year (four), although the ACE has an additional three nomination slots for drama episodes. The acclaimed AMC drama usually submits two episodes at the Emmys, but has entered four this year, running the risk of vote-splitting.

The editing categories tend to favor series with obvious cutting, so contenders with flashbacks or montages do well here. “True Detective” benefits from this trend, as its episodes cut between storylines in three time periods. Unlike past nominees “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” and “Mad Men,” which submitted three episodes each, “True Detective” only entered two, so it should have no trouble consolidating support.

This is another category, like Single-Camera Cinematography, that is largely a copy of the Best Drama Series lineup. Since the academy split comedies and dramas into separate races in 2002, nearly every drama that has been nominated for editing has also been up for the top prize. “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which broke into an expanded field of six in 2008 with its pilot, is the only drama that has been nominated for editing but never for writing or directing.

PREDICTED NOMINEES:
“Breaking Bad” – season 5.2 – “Felina” (Skip MacDonald)
“Breaking Bad” – season 5.2 – “Granite State” (Kelley Dixon & Chris McCaleb)
“True Detective” – season 1 – “Who Goes There” (Affonso Goncalves)
“True Detective” – season 1 – “The Secret Fate of All Life” (Alex Hall)
“House of Cards” – season 2 – “Chapter 14” (Byron Smith)

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
“Game of Thrones” – season 4 – “The Watchers on the Wall” (Katie Weiland)
“Mad Men” – season 7.1 – “Waterloo” (Christopher Gay)
“Breaking Bad” – season 5.2 – “Buried” (Skip MacDonald & Sharidan Williams-Sotelo)
Homeland” – season 3 – “Big Man in Tehran” (Terry Kelley)
“Breaking Bad” – season 5.2 – “To’hajiilee” (Kelley Dixon)

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