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May 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm #1201841058
2. The Americans
4. Master of None
5. Mr. Robot
6. Silicon Valley
9. Better Call Saul
10. Orange is the New Black
*Didn’t count Limited Series either. Otherwise Fargo and American Crime would have likely made the list.December 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm #366330
Sorry, would you mind changing the title of the thread from “User’s Person Best of 2015 Lists” to “Users’ Personal Best of 2015 Lists”? I will put up my top ten series, episodes and performances next month (along with my overdue personal nominees for the last Emmy cycle).
Oh my, so sorry. I must have been rushing when I typed this earlier. Embarrassing because they linked to this thread via a FB post. Fixed now.December 22, 2015 at 11:28 am #356965
Have to echo some of the sentiments I’ve read on here and agree that this season of Transparent is even stronger and deeper than the first. I listed Transparent season one as my favorite television show of 2014. Season two is by far my number one of 2015. The entire cast is so excellent, and Soloway’s direction really is unmatched by anyone else working in television. I could easily see her winning a second consecutive Emmy for directing if she submits “Kina Hora”. Tambor will win Lead Actor again with the powerful “Man on the Land,” which was truly one of the best episodes of any series that I’ve seen all year. I could see the total number of Emmy nods going up next year, with possible acting nods for Landecker, Light, Duplass, and/or Hahn. I’m not sure if Cherry Jones would be considered Guest or Supporting. Anjelica Huston should get in as Guest also. Just an incredible series. My life is better for watching this show. It may not be the funniest “comedy series” out there, but it sure is one of the best.December 10, 2015 at 5:48 am #195939
Very upset that Gold Derby has yet to even add Sarah Silvermann’s name to the Oscar award center for Best Actress. I’ve been thinking she was a solid contender since I saw the trailer for I Smile Back months ago. Now she’s reaped a SAG nod. HEY, GD FOLKS, ADD HER NAME SO I CAN PUT HER IN MY PREDICTIONS!September 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm #358422
A lot of difficult categories to predict, this is one of them.
I am keeping Viola Davis in first place. I’ve had her there since the Emmy Awards prediction center opened. Still, Taraji P. Henson is so good as Cookie Lyon, it’s difficult for me to not move her to the top. Ultimately, I think HTGAWM is viewed as slightly more prestigious than the staight soap opera Empire. This will help push Davis (a two-time Oscar nominee and the SAG and GG winner for this category) to a victory. There is a possibility that these two women split the vote and make way for a dark horse like Robin Wright or Elisabeth Moss. I’m not expecting it, but it could happen.
In what universe is HTGAWM more prestigeous than Empire?! Empire at least won some top awards. HTGAWM is laughable. And Viola didn’t win the Globe.
I said “slightly more prestigious” because of the Shonda Rhimes effect. Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal have a history at the Emmy Awards. HTGAWM, while not as good as those two shows, has the Shonda mythos attached to it. I also think having someone like Viola Davis as the lead of the show adds a bit of heft to what would otherwise be a pretty mediocre series. Look, Empire is far-and-away the more entertaining and better program, in my opinion, but it is still a soap–a modern-day Dynasty. Ask yourself this: how many Emmys did Dynasty win way back in the day? Zero. That’s how many. Even Dallas only won one major Emmy award (Lead Actress in 1980) over it’s lengthy run. Is Empire a phenomenon? Yes. Is it better than HTGAWM? Yes. Is Henson’s Cookie Lyon a cultural icon right now? Yes. I just don’t believe that it is viewed by Emmy voters as being high-minded television.September 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm #360756
Comedy Series: Transparent
Lead Actor: Jeffrey Tambor
Lead Actress: Amy Poehler
Supporting Actor: Tituss Burgess
Supporting Actress: Jane Krakowski
Directing: “Alive in Tucson”, The Last Man on Earth
Writing: “Pilot”, Transparent
Drama Sereies: Mad Men
Lead Actor: Jon Hamm
Lead Actress: Elisabeth Moss
Supporting Actor: Jonathan Banks
Supporting Actress: Christina Hendricks
Directing: “Method and Madness”, The Knick
Writing: “Person to Person”, Mad Men
Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge
Lead Actor: Richard Jenkins
Lead Actress: Frances McDormand
Supporting Actor: Finn Wittrock
Supporting Actress: Sarah Paulson
Directing: The Honorable Woman
Writing: Olive KitteridgeSeptember 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm #361002
“Alive in Tucson” winning Comedy Directing
Finn Wittrock winning Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
MoNique winning Movie/Mini Supporting ActressSeptember 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm #358417
A lot of difficult categories to predict, this is one of them.
I am keeping Viola Davis in first place. I’ve had her there since the Emmy Awards prediction center opened. Still, Taraji P. Henson is so good as Cookie Lyon, it’s difficult for me to not move her to the top. Ultimately, I think HTGAWM is viewed as slightly more prestigious than the staight soap opera Empire. This will help push Davis (a two-time Oscar nominee and the SAG and GG winner for this category) to a victory. There is a possibility that these two women split the vote and make way for a dark horse like Robin Wright or Elisabeth Moss. I’m not expecting it, but it could happen.July 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm #354503
Definitely a mistake on Amy Poehler’s part not going with “Leslie and Ron.” I loved the finale, but it’s too much of an ensemble piece. I’ll still be rooting for her to win, but I don’t think I can put in first with that submission.July 17, 2015 at 11:33 am #353604
I will be rooting for the first time victors this year. The obvious two are Poehler and Hamm. I think Hamm has a better chance since Poehler could end up like poor Steve Carrell. Still, I think people are forgetting that the frontrunner for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Jeffrey Tambor, himself has 7 nods and 0 wins over the past 25 years. Actually now that I look at my early predictions, I have four first time winners for all four of the Lead Series acting categories: Tambor, Poehler, Hamm, and Viola Davis. What the hell am I thinking? This is the Emmys. Surely the winners will be people who’ve won before. W.H. Macy, JLD, Kyle Chandler, and Claire Danes. Man, that would a disappointing night.July 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm #353498
@MarcusSnowden, I really don’t think Amy Schumer should consider 12 Angry Men for her acting submission. Any other episode would work better for her since she’s barely in the episode at all. I think Last Fuckable Day or Cool With It would make great showcase episodes for her.
I came up with “12 Angry Men” off the fly. Schumer has so many competitive tapes that it’s hard to pinpoint one. When I think about it, “Last Fuckable Day” is a great acting showcase for her.
I agree with you, but “Last Fuckable Day” also has that JLD cameo, which could hurt Schumer and help JLD with Emmy voters.July 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm #353495
-Transparent’s overperforming in nominations. I think Jeffrey Tambor is the early frontrunner for Lead Actor. Not sure what Gaby Hoffman’s chances are, but I’m glad to see her nominated (twice) this year. Seems like she’s been popping up on so many series over the past couple of years. About time she got noticed.
-Mad Men earning more nods than previous year or two. For the most part, I found the final seven episodes absolutely sublime. I will be one of the many rooting for Jon Hamm to finally win a much-deserved Lead Actor Emmy for playing one of television’s most iconic characters. Also, always happy to see Elisabeth Moss back in the mix.
-Diversity! A lot of people of color in the major and minor acting categories. I think Lead Actress in a Drama will come down to an historic battle between Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson, with Davis having a slight edge.
-The Last Man on Earth overperforming. I flirted with the idea of including Will Forte in my predictions, but I could never pull the trigger. Glad the Emmy voters recognized one of the more daring and outright funny shows of the past year.
-Amy Schumer’s dominance. She’s the female Louis C.K.
-Ding dong The Bang Theory is gone!
-Modern Family finally underperforming, which could mean they go home empty-handed on Emmy night.
-Where was Judith Light in the Comedy Supporting Actress category. She was just about the funniest part of Transparent. With eight(!) nominees, I find it odd she couldn’t get in.
-No Kristen Schaal for Last Man. Maybe her brand of humor is just a little too oddball for Emmy voters.
-As much as I love Margo Martindale, she had zero business being nominated for her brief, brief, brief appearance in season three of The Americans. That nod should have gone to Lois Smith.
-I could say the same thing about Pablo Scheiber getting in for OITNB over some other more deserving candidates.
-And how about his brother Liev getting in for the unwatched and unwatchable Ray Donavan over someone like Terrance Howard for Empire or Olyphant or Rhys?
-The Americans shut out of every major category again. Truly The Wire of the 2010s.
-Justified overlooked all-over for a magnificent final season.
-Kiernan Shipka, January Jones, and John Slattery all missing out on nominations.
-Lorraine Toussaint, who made season two of OITNB compelling and truly great, not getting in for Supporting Actress.July 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm #352761
Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep
Melissa McCarthy for Mike and Molly
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer for Inside Amy Schumer
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK for Louie
Matt LeBlanc for Episodes
William H. Macy for Shameless
Thomas Middleditch for Silicon Valley
Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen for Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky for Veep
Allison Janney for Mom
Judith Light for Transparent
Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live
Merritt Weaver for Nurse Jackie
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher for Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell for Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Modern Family
Tony Hale for Veep
TJ Miller for Silicon Valley
Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Christine Baranski for The Big Bang Theory
Kathy Bates for Mike and Molly
Joan Cusack for Shameless
Tyne Daly for Modern Family
Tina Fey for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kyra Sedgwick for Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Mel Brooks for The Comedians
Louis CK for Saturday Night Live
Jon Hamm for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Nathan Lane for Modern Family
Michael Rapaport for Louie
Bradley Whitford for Transparent
Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Orange Is the New Black
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes for Homeland
Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder
Taraji P. Henson for Empire
Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men
Taylor Schilling for Orange is the New Black
Robin Wright for House of Cards
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler for Bloodline
Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom
Jon Hamm for Mad Men
Terrence Howard for Empire
Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey for House of Cards
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black
Lena Headey for Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks for Mad Men
Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey
Sissy Spacek for Bloodline
Lorraine Toussaint for Orange is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul
Jim Carter for Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones
Ben Mendelsohn for Bloodline
Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
Jon Voight for Ray Donovan
Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Kate Burton for Scandal
Allison Janney for Masters of Sex
Carrie Preston for The Good Wife
Diana Rigg for Game of Thrones
Lois Smith for The Americans
Cecily Tyson for How to Get Away with Murder
Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ed Asner for The Good Wife
Andre Braugher for Law & Order: SVU
Beau Bridges for Masters of Sex
Michael J. Fox for The Good Wife
David Hyde Pierce for The Good Wife
Courtney B. Vance for ScandalMay 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm #304567
1. The Suitcase
2. The Wheel
3. Shut the Door. Have a Seat.
4. The Gypsy and the Hobo
5. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
6. The Strategy
7. In Care Of
8. My Old Kentucky Home
9. Meditations in an Emergency
10. Time & Life
11. The Beautiful Girls
12. Commissions and Fees
13. Person to Person
14. A Little Kiss
15. The Milk and Honey Route
17. Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
18. The Other Woman
19. Lost Horizons
20. Waldorf Stories
1. Season 3
2. Season 4
3. Season 1
4. Season 7B
5. Season 5
6. Season 7A
7. Season 2
8. Season 6March 15, 2015 at 8:31 am #343597
I hate to say it, but I don’t think there is anything out there right now that can take down Modern Family. The only way Modern Family loses to top Comedy race is by decreasing in quality to a point where it would be outrageous to keep rewarding it. The show, while definitely not what it was in it’s first three years, is still considered to be the “best” broad-appealing comedy show on television right now. All of it’s top competitors are too niche or too narrow in their appeal. We know this because for years we’ve been expecting shows like Veep, Louie, or OITNB to take it down, but this hasn’t happened. Without having seen The Comedians or Grace and Frankie, I would say these may have the best chance, if they take the broad, safe approach to comedy that MF has for it’s 6 season run. Personally, I would love to Transparent win the top prize this year, but will voters think it’s funny enough to warrant a Comedy Series win?