And the Emmy goes to...who? The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards will air this Sunday to honor the year's best in television drama and comedy, and Emmy voters and TV fans alike have been binge watching all of the nominated shows for weeks. The time has finally come to find out who will take home the night's biggest awards and, while everybody has an opinion, here are our predictions for the major categories at the 2015 Emmys:
- “Better Call Saul”
- “Downton Abbey”
- “Game of Thrones”
- “House of Cards”
- “Mad Men”
- “Orange Is the New Black”
Who should win: "Mad Men" won in this category for each of its first four seasons, but has gone without the trophy since 2011. The AMC series just finished one of the most anticipated final runs in television history, pulling off the rare feat of a finale that seemed to satisfy almost every fan. Creator Matthew Weiner deserves to return to the winner's circle to take one last bow.
Who will win: "Mad Men" deserves to get the same treatment "Breaking Bad" received last year for its final season (In 2014 "Breaking Bad" won outstanding drama as well as three of the four dramatic acting categories). It would be a shock if it did not.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
- Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
- Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
- Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
- Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
- Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
- Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Who should win: Hamm has been nominated seven times in this category -- this year makes eight -- and came up empty handed every time. In his last chance, Hamm deserves to be honored for his iconic portrayal of Don Draper in "Mad Men."
Who will win: Many attribute the fact that Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy for "Mad Men" to Emmy voters' bias towards showier performances, ignoring Hamm's stoic consistency as Don Draper. That should not stand in his way here. The episode Hamm submitted for consideration, the heartwrenching series finale "Person to Person," featured Hamm channeling a dizzyingly wide spectrum of emotions as his character first has a breakdown, then finds peace. It is time to hear this man give a speech.
Watch a super cut of Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" finale scenes below:
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
- Claire Danes, “Homeland”
- Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
- Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
- Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
- Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
- Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Who should win: Like Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss has been nominated multiple times for her transformative performance as Peggy Olsen in "Mad Men," but never won. Meanwhile, Tatiana Maslany takes on a dozen characters in "Orphan Black," a feat unparalled among her category peers. Both deserve some hardware.
Who will win: It feels like momentum favors Emmy voters making history by giving either Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson the honor of being the first African-American actress to win this award. That is nothing to complain about. Both performances are pitch perfect.
Watch Viola Davis in "How to Get Away with Murder" below:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
- Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
- Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
- Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
- Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
- Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
- Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Who should win: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, "Mad Men" has never won an acting Emmy -- zero in seven eligible Emmy ceremonies. If there is any justice in the TV world then Sunday will right that wrong. Here's hoping for Christina Hendricks.
Who will win: Uzo Aduba is becoming a perennial force in this category. After another strong season of "Orange is the New Black," expect her to make it two straight.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
- Jonathan Banks, ”Better Call Saul”
- Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
- Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
- Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
- Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
- Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Who should win: Ben Mendelsohn's turn as black sheep brother Danny Rayburn in Netflix's "Bloodline" is essentially a co-lead role alongside Kyle Chandler, who got the nod in the lead actor category. The Australian actor's performance carries the series and the subtly dangerous charisma he exudes is worthy of the Emmy.
Who will win: Emmy voters do not have a history of being too kind to Netflix, so, while Mendelsohn and Michael Kelly might boast the strongest performances in this category, expect the award to go to an actor from a more well-watched show, such as the always-phenomenal Peter Dinklage in HBO's "Game of Thrones" or, if voters are feeling more adventurous, the overdue Jonathan Banks for AMC's "Better Call Saul."
Watch Jonathan Banks in "Better Call Saul" below:
- “Modern Family”
- “Parks and Recreation”
- “Silicon Valley”
- “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Who should win: FX's "Louie," already the most cerebral and risky comedy on television, just completed its best season ever. Louis C.K.'s genius could never receive enough awards.
Who will win: Amazon's groundbreaking "Transparent" is the odds on favorite to become the first streaming series to ever win an outstanding series award (comedy or drama), but do not be surprised if the popularly revamped "Silicon Valley" plays spoiler.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
- Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
- Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback"
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
- Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
- Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer"
- Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie"
Who should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has no peer in this category (a win this year would make four straight) and after the latest season of HBO's "Veep," it's funniest yet, the most awarded TV comedian of this generation should keep her hot streak going strong.
Who will win: Amy Poehler has a chance to be the sentimental spoiler for the last season of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," but Louis-Dreyfus owns this category.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
- Anthony Anderson, "black-ish"
- Louis C.K., "Louie"
- Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
- Will Forte, "Last Man on Earth"
- Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
- William H. Macy, "Shameless"
- Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
Who should win: While all seven men in this category are hilarious, only one currently steals his laughs as a woman. Jeffrey Tambor has the most difficult and daring task of anyone in the category as Maura Pfefferman in "Transparent" and pulls it off without a hitch.
Who will win: Jim Parsons, who has won four of the last five years for "The Big Bang Theory," is not nominated this year. It's Tambor time.
Watch Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent" below:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
- Niecy Nash, "Getting On"
- Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
- Allison Janney, "Mom"
- Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"
- Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
- Gaby Hoffmann, "Transparent"
- Jane Krakowski, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
- Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Who should win: Anna Chlumsky made her case for an Emmy in one scene of "Veep" Season 4, episode 5. Her meltdown over Selena Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reliance on Lennon Parham's indecisive Karen was equal parts frightening and funny and one of the best moments of television of the year.
Who will win: With eight people nominated (too many), expect the lesser known nominees to poach each other's votes to make room for Allison Janney to win her second straight by default. Nothing against Janney, of course, who shines on CBS' "Mom."
Watch Anna Chlumsky in "Veep" below:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
- Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
- Adam Driver, "Girls"
- Keegan-Michael Key, "Key & Peele"
- Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
- Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
- Tony Hale, "Veep"
Who should win: There was a cinematic quality to the sketches on "Key & Peele" and Keegan-Michael Key's performances week in and week out often felt more like odd snippets of misplaced Oscar-nominated roles, not just improv. An Emmy would be an unexpected treat after Key and co-star Jordan Peele decided to end the show after the just-concluded fifth season.
Who will win: It would not be the Emmys if someone from "Modern Family" did not win. Ty Burrell should fill that role here for his endlessly loveable Phil Dunphy on ABC's "Modern Family."
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox. Who should win the biggest awards? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV.