June 4 marks my birthday and in lieu of asking for gifts this year, I’ve written a special wish list specifically geared toward Emmy voters. (Though, let’s be real, I’m happy to accept gifts, too.) Which stars and shows do I want to prevail at the upcoming 67th annual edition of the Emmy Awards?
1. Sarah Paulson – Best Movie/ Limited Series Supporting Actress
Two years ago, this “American Horror Story” star was robbed for “Asylum,” so Emmy voters owe her a makeup trophy. What better way to apologize than to reward her for playing the groundbreaking characters of Bette and Dot Tattler from “Freak Show”? Don’t forget, Paulson even has a head up on the competition this year because voters love rewarding performers who play dual roles or have multiple personalities.
2. “The Last Man on Earth” – Best Comedy Series
The most original, laugh-out-loud comedy in years deserves a spot on the Emmy shortlist, but it has lowly 100/1 odds. With at least seven slots this year (up from six) and with “Orange is the New Black” switching over to the drama races, there are at least two openings for “Last Man on Earth.” But are Emmy voters even watching?
3. “Game of Thrones” – Best Drama Series
My favorite of the current shows, “Game of Thrones” deserves to win the top trophy for its sheer epic-ness. I mean, did you all see that battle sequence in last week’s “Hardhome” episode? A win for “GoT” Season 5 would put it in the same company as “The Sopranos,” “24” and “Breaking Bad,” all of which won their first series Emmys in their fifth years.
4. “24: Live Another Day” – Best Limited Series
It’s easy to take this one for granted because it aired so long ago, but the “24” miniseries was an amazing, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that deserves awards recognition across the board (acting, writing, directing, etc). This 12-episode cycle was even better than the show’s final few years on the air, proving that time apart really does make the heart grow fonder.
5. New winners for Best Comedy Actor/Actress
After dominating the lead comedy races for several years, isn’t it time for Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) to sit this one out? In their places, I’d love to see the underrated Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and the hilarious Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback”) step up to that winner’s podium on Emmy night. But they’ll need to be nominated first.
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