TV viewers may have noticed a barrage of “for your consideration” promos littering the Internet and television ad space recently. Well, that’s because Emmy voters only have until June 26 to cast their vote for the fall award show’s nominations – the nominations will be announced on July 16.
The Primetime Emmys, which are voted on by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, are subject to politics, like any award show, and big name shows and outgoing landmark series – that’s you “Mad Men,” and “Parks and Recreation,” – are likely to hog the nominations. However, here’s our wish list of fantasy nominations for the eight major acting categories:
Outstanding Actor – Drama Series
- Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
- Terence Howard – “Empire”
- Kyle Chandler – “Bloodline”
- Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
- Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy for his iconic seven seasons-long role as Don Draper on AMC's "Mad Men" and no one should stand in his way of winning the big award. However, Bob Odenkirk does deserve a nomination for turning a questionable spinoff into a compelling drama in AMC's "Better Call Saul," as does Kyle Chandler for steadily anchoring Netflix's terrific "Bloodline." Meanwhile, Matthew Rhys – and FX's "The Americans" in general – is long overdue for some recognition, playing the lead on TV's most underrated series. Hopefully, voters will resist routinely nominating Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") and Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom") after a year in which their performances grew a bit stale.
Watch Bob Odenkirk in "Better Call Saul" below:
Outstanding Actress – Drama Series
- Robin Wright – “House of Cards”
- Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”
- Taraji P. Henson – “Empire”
- Keri Russell – “The Americans”
- Elizabeth Moss – “Mad Men”
Elizabeth Moss is long overdue for an Emmy win as Peggy Olson on "Mad Men," but a nomination would be a good start. Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson should be guarantees here after introducing two of the strongest characters on network television this year. And again, Keri Russell on "The Americans" has been overlooked for far too long.
Watch Elizabeth Moss in "Mad Men" below:
Outstanding Supporting Actor – Drama Series
- Ben Mendelsohn – “Bloodline”
- Jonathan Banks – “Better Call Saul”
- Stephen Dillane – “Game of Thrones”
- John Slattery – “Mad Men”
- Michael Kelly – “House of Cards”
Ben Mendelsohn could easily be nominated for the lead actor category based on screen time, but no matter the category, the actor deserves a nod for his captivating, unpredictable performance in "Bloodline" as Danny Rayburn, the year's most charismatic villain. As for "Game of Thrones," though Peter Dinklage has become the obvious choice for this category, Stephen Dillane's tortured performance as Stannis Baratheon stole the show in Season 5.
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series
- Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”
- January Jones – “Mad Men”
- Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”
- Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
- Kate Mulgrew – “Orange is the New Black”
"Game of Thrones" had a lot of problems this season, but Lena Headey's portrayal of the wickedly manipulative Cersei Lannister was not one of them. Headey went through a lot this season and her humanizing performance during the infamous "walk of shame" scene should earn her a nomination here. Meanwhile, Christina Hendricks and January Jones are both deserving of nominations on the "Mad Men" victory lap.
Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series
- Louis C.K. – “Louie”
- Will Forte – “The Last Men on Earth”
- Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”
- William H. Macy – “Shameless”
- Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
Outstanding actor in a comedy figures to be filled with category veterans, but newcomer Will Forte deserves to land a nomination for his comedy powerhouse performance in "The Last Man on Earth."
Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series
- Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
- Ellie Kemper – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
- Ilana Glazer – “Broad City”
- Abbi Jacobson – “Broad City”
Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are no-brainers, but "Broad City" was the best buddy comedy of the year, the best female-driven comedy of the year, and the best stoner comedy of the year. In fact, it just might have been the best comedy of the year, period (who needs labels?). At least one of the pair of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson deserve to be recognized here.
Watch Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson in "Broad City" below:
Outstanding Supporting Actor – Comedy Series
- Tony Hale – “Veep”
- Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
- Andrew Rannells – “Girls”
- Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
- Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
The best part of Netflix's wonderful "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has been the flamboyant, Broadway-aspiring roommate Titus Andromedon, played by Tituss Burgess. Expect Burgess to score a nomination in the category.
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Comedy Series
- Allison Janney – “Mom”
- Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”
- Judith Light – “Transparent”
- Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
- Jane Krakowski – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anna Chlumsky will be nominated, yet again, and should probably win, if only for her epic telling off of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selena in episode 5 of the most recent season. Also, Jane Krakowski should join the party this year for her work on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
Watch Anna Chlumsky in "Veep" below: