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  • Tavish
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    #356978

    Comedy Series:

    “Episodes” / “Episode 409” / David Crane [5 noms / 0 wins] & Jeffrey Klarik [4 noms / 0 wins]

    “The Last Man on Earth” / “Alive in Tucson” / Will Forte [first nomination]

    “Louie” / “Bobby’s House” / Louis C.K. [5 noms / 2 wins]

    “Silicon Valley” / “Two Days of the Condor” / Alec Berg [2 noms / 0 wins]

    “Transparent” / “Pilot” / Jill Soloway [first nomination]

    “Veep” / “Election Night” / Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci [all – 2 noms / 0 wins]

    It’s difficult category. I can bring argument for any candidate. If support for Louis CK so strong (and the voters really loves his writing), they can reward him in the third time. If there are feeling like “it’s time”, “now or never”, then Crane and Klarik should win. Of course, frontrunners in the “Comedy Series” (as “Veep” and “Transparent”) already have their own advantages. And Forte could win as compensation for loosing in the acting category. The dark horse in the race, suppose, Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley” has a small, but, it seems, stabile support which this year could increase numbers enough for the winning).

    My prediction: “Veep” (runner up: “Transparent”).

    Drama Series:

    “The Americans” / “Do Mail Robots Dream Of Electric Sheep” / Joshua Brand [2 noms / 0 wins]

    “Better Call Saul” / “Five-O” / Gordon Smith [first nomination]

    “Game of Thrones” / “Mother’s Mercy” / David Benioff & D.B. Weiss [both – 4 noms / 0 wins]

    “Mad Men” / “Lost Horizon” / Semi Chellas [3 noms / 0 wins] & Matthew Weiner [15 noms / 3 wins]

    “Mad Men” / “Person to Person” / Matthew Weiner [15 noms / 3 wins]

    The final season “The Sopranos” won for the writing. “Mad Men” (also important cultural phenomenon) have a nomination for the writing, so we have no alternative besides Weiner’s win. “The Americans” are lucky to be even nominated. “Better Call Saul” is hurting by similarities with “Breaking Bad” who won last year in this category. Benioff and Weiss can win later, time on their side. And between two episodes of “Mad Men” voters easily picks the final.

    My prediction: “Mad Men”, Weiner (runner up: “Game of Thrones”).

    Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special:

    “American Crime” / John Ridley [first nomination]

    “Bessie” / Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois [all – first nomination]

    “Hello Ladies: The Movie” / Stephen Merchant [3 noms / 0 wins], Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg [ both – first nomination]

    “The Honourable Woman” / Hugo Blick [first nomination]

    “Olive Kitteridge” / Jane Anderson [5 noms / 1 win]

    “Wolf Hall” / Peter Straughan [first nomination]

    It’s Jane Anderson versus the group of the newcomers. You should not underestimate Blick, Straughan (“british surprise factor”) or Ridley (hype). Rees is the dark horse (she can win for the directing, though); Merchant and the company are the outsiders.

    My prediction: “Olive Kitteridge” (runner up: “Wolf Hall”).

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    Tonbone
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    Mad Men will win for the finale for sure just like The Sopranos did (By the way The Sopranos won directing and writing for the final season) I think will be either Transparent or VEEP in comedy writing. 

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    Tavish
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    Thanks, Tony_DiMeo, I deleted my misleading words in the start post.

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    Luan Queiroz
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    I predict Mad Men winning in Drama Series and also in Writing (“Person to Person” is my choice).  “Mother’s Mercy” has a chance, but IMO this episode is more directing than writing.

    Comedy, my actual winner prediction is Transparent and Minisseries/ Movies, Olive Kitteridge.

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    Emmys2011
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    #356983

    Person to Person is a lock.

    On the comedy side, I think between Transparent and Veep, one is gonna take writing and the other directing. Unless they find Transparent to dramatic and Louie wins yet again (which I totally see happening)

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    nahborghi
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    Writing in Comedy is one of the most difficult to predict this year. So many strong episodes to chose from! It’s my favorite category this year, and watching all of the contenders back to back just makes me even more confused.

    My ranking: 1- “Election Night”, 2- “Bobby’s House”, 3- “Alive in Tucson”, 4- “Pilot”, 5- “Sand Hill Shuffle”, 6- “Episode 409”

     Veep delivers the most consistent plot of the show so far. The twists and turns are always surprising, and it’s refreshing to watch a totally different outcome for a storyline. It’s the most “comic humor” of the bunch, even though this is the place to award dramedies usually. And this is the perfect way to give Iannucci the farewell win he so deserves. Louie has such a compelling type of writing; this episode was the first of the show for me, and I loved how warming it felt. Its second act is a work of art, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the writing branch went with him again. “Alive in Tucson” is perhaps the most creative script in the latest years, and while it basically consists of monologues and made up conversations by Will Forte, it’s a high concept that totally works (something that is rare these days), and it also has the right balance of drama and comedy.
    I’m not blown away by Transparent’s first episode as some of you are. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely episode, with great introductions, but it’s not the show’s best, and a lot of stuff isn’t tied up by the time the episode ends (or maybe it isn’t explained in a more explicit way which left me hanging both times I watched). Silicon Valley is not my type of show, but I found myself amused at this half hour, and while I’m not a regular watcher, I understood completely what was going on, and felt compelled for the characters. I can’t say the same for Episodes; it was a pretty standart episode, didn’t have any big scenes or any particular remarcable moments. With so many outstanding scripts, it’s the least impressive of them.

    Actual prediction: 1-Election Night, 2- Pilot, 3- Bobby’s House, 4- Sand Hill Shuffle, 5- Alive in Tucson, 6- Episode 409 

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    Person to person is a lock simple as that even though it didn’t get into directing I can’t find any other way that any of the other 4 win. For a comedy series I have Louis Ck winning. This is hard for me because I think Veep, Transparent, Or Last man on earth can beat it. But the writers branch love Louis Ck and the last part of the episode is so well written that I think that the branch will eat it up. For a miniseries I have Wolf Hall winning. Olive is not going to sweep and I think that we will see something else win and after seeing Sherlock win and The hour win there might be some love for the Brits so I’m going with Wolf Hall on that one.

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    Atypical
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    This is where I think they’re going to reward Jill Soloway for the “Transparent” pilot. Matthew Weiner for the “Mad Men” series finale. Jane Anderson for “Olive Kitteridge.”

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    Comedy: Alive in Tucson should win this because it’s original, funny and fresh. Runner up would be Election Night if in case Veep loses in Directing and Lead Actress to eventually win Comedy Series. Jill Soloway could be the dark horse but Transparent’s Pilot was not its best episode and might be too dramatic for a writing for a comedy series win.

    Should have been there? Jenie Snyder Urman- Chapter One (Jane the Virgin), Amy B. Harris- Valerie is Brought to Her Knees (The Comeback)

    Drama: Remember when Ozymamdias won last year? Well Lost Horizon should win this year over Person to Person. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mad Men finale but Lost Horizon grew on me after a couple of viewings and it goes to show how Semi Chellas and Matt Weiner’s tandem works wonders. The finale might win because it’s the finale but I’m holding on the deserving Ozymandias win last year over Felina. The rest of the field should all be just thankful to be nominated.

    Should have been there? Carly Wray and Matt Weiner- The Milk and Honey Route (Mad Men) ~I guess three MM episodes are too much of a crowd?

    Limited: Olive Kittredge is the frontrunner but I won’the be surprised if John Ridley wins for American Crime given that he became a top tier name for 12 Years a Slave.

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    TomHardys
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    Armando Ianucci is a writer more than anything. I believe the industry shares the same opinion than I do and perceives him as a writer first and then as a director. That makes me think Veep will be awarded in Writing. It’s a sharp, fast-paced, funny script. The Emmys are known for awarding full blown comedies in Writing and dramedies in Directing (Glee, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) so in my opinion Veep will win Writing and Transparent will win Directing.

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    moviefan61794
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    I would personally prefer to see “Veep” win Writing and “Transparent” take the victory in Directing. “Election Night” is a much funnier and better-written episode than the “Transparent” pilot, but “Best New Girl” was immaculately directed and really stands out. 

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    The reason I am predicting Transparent to end up winning both directing and writing—in the field of comedy—are mentioned by moviefan61794 (regarding direction of the intriguing “Best New Girl”) and partly implied by Atypical (for writing). Specifically, I’m getting at the writing of the “Pilot,” which was marvelously crafted in laying out the characters with what motivates (or, in the case of Gaby Hoffman’s character, why she doesn’t seem to land). It is a half-hour of getting us to catch on quickly enough with understanding why the lead character—played by best-actor frontrunner Jeffrey Tambor—is in the process of transitioning. While one first seeing Transparent may think that the lead character has issues…the “Pilot” establishes that the adult children have their issues as well. It is insightful. It is human. It is funny. And it is a superb script by series creator Jill Soloway.

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    Madson Melo
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    Person to Person

    Veep

    American Crime

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    Spencer
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    I am thinking:

    “Person to Person,” Mad Men.
    “Election Night,” Veep (Transparent takes Directing).
    Olive Kitteridge. 

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    Comedy Series:

    Last Man on Earth was the most original premise and will be rewarded for its pilot. Next, I have Veep because I see that as the Series winner and most likely to upset. In 3rd I have Transparent and in 4th Louie and honestly I could swap these two around for various reasons.

    Drama Series:

    This is easy Mad Men’s Finale “Person to Person” they’ve always been popular in the writing branch and again in the runner-up position I have GOT again because I feel that it is the likely Series winner and you never know when a band wagon mentality is going to start. Five-O, I have in third simply because it was one of the best hours of television all year and I would not be surprised to see it pull this off.

    Limited Series/Movie:
    I fear the British winning streak will continue once again with “Wolf Hall”. I cannot imagine Olive Kittiredge sweeping the Limited Series Categories but I’m also afraid a recent Oscar winner could take this with American Crime. This is the one I might change my mind before the Emmys. 

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