Emmy voters like to throw out a couple of left-field surprises ever year. Remember last year when Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") won Best Drama Actor over frontrunner Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Barry Pepper ("The Kennedys") claimed Best Movie/Mini Actor over, well, everyone else?
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As Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil notes, the race for Best Drama Series is the biggest drama looming over the Emmys this year. Can four-time Emmy champ "Mad Men" set a new record by winning again?
Although it is already tied for top drama series champion with "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "The West Wing," "Mad Men," unlike those three, has never lost the top drama Emmy. So if it doesn’t win on Emmy night, that would arguably be one of the biggest upsets on Emmy history. And if pundits are to be believed, the race is a close one – with "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey" (and perhaps "Homeland" to a lesser extent) nipping at its heels as we round the bend to the finish line.
The current season of "Breaking Bad" was wowing audiences right when it mattered most – during the Emmy voting period. With 13 nominations this year (the most it has ever received), many believe that it is poised to spoil its AMC stablemate's party. Even more likely however is "Downton Abbey," a cultural phenomenon, garnering record ratings for PBS (doubling its usual primetime average), especially among the younger more hip demographics that network chiefs drool over. With 16 nominations, just one less than "Mad Men," it appears that "Downton" may be most likely to rain on the "Mad Men" parade.
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