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Who Could, Should And Will Win At The 2015 Emmys

A breakdown of the major acting and series categories for this years Emmy Awards.

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TV Movie

HBO

The Nominees:

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case
Bessie
(pictured)

Grace of Monaco
Hello, Ladies: The Movie
Killing Jesus
Nightingale

It's a tight race between two of HBO's contenders, Nightingale and Bessie, but with the latter pulling ahead with a total of seven nominations, it's obviously a hit with Emmy voters.

Could Win: Nightingale

Should Win: Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case

Will Win: Bessie

Who's Missing: Actually, this is a pretty good bunch

Limited Series

HBO

The Nominees:

American Crime
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The Honorable Woman
Olive Kitteridge
(pictured)

Wolf Hall

HBO's Olive Kitteridge failed to bring home any awards at the Golden Globes earlier this year, mainly because of True Detective and Fargo, but it had wins at the SAG Awards and the Critics' Choice TV Awards and it's set to repeat some of those wins here. It's only real competition is The Honorable Woman.

Could Win: The Honorable Woman

Should Win: Olive Kitteridge

Will Win: Olive Kitteridge

Who's Missing: The Missing

Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (pictured)

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center)

This category is hard to call. Maggie Gyllenhaal won the Golden Globe, Frances McDormand won the Critics' Choice Award and the SAG Award, and Queen Latifah is also getting rave reviews. Going by the previous wins I'll side with McDormand, but this is still early days for Bessie's award season.

Could Win: Queen Latifah

Should Win: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Will Win: Frances McDormand

Who's Missing: Frances O'Conner, The Missing

Lead Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Adrian Brody, Houdini

Ricky Gervais, Derek: The Final Chapter

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

David Oyelowo, Nightingale (pictured)

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

It's HBO vs HBO again, with the strong contenders being Richard Jenkins for Olive Kitteridge and David Oyelowo for Nightingale. At the moment Oyelowo is in the lead, but Jenkins has paid his dues over the last 40 years, could he finally get the recognition he deserves?

Could Win: Richard Jenkins

Should Win: David Oyelowo

Will Win: David Oyelowo

Who's Missing: Stephen Merchant, Hello Ladies: The Movie

Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

FX

The Nominees:

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

Regina King, American Crime

Mo'Nique, Bessie

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show (pictured)

FX's American Horror Story dominates this category again, and rightly so. Any other year, Regina King and Zoe Kazan are worthy of wins, but this year it's between Mo'Nique and Sarah Paulson.

Could Win: Mo'Nique

Should Win: Sarah Paulson

Will Win: Sarah Paulson

Who's Missing: Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman

Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Richard Cabral, American Crime

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge (pictured)

Dennis O'Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Bill Murray pretty much has his win on lock, but let's not discredit the rest just yet. Finn Wittrock has a growing fanbase and rave reviews behind him, but is that enough to take down Murray? Damian Lewis and Dennis O'Hare have both been nominated for Emmys before, with Lewis winning in 2012 for his role in Homeland. Richard Cabral and Michael Kenneth Williams have scored their first nominations this year for American Crime and Bessie, respectively.

Could Win: Dennis O'Hare

Should Win: Finn Wittrock

Will Win: Bill Murray

Who's Missing: Stephen Rea, The Honorable Woman

Drama Series

AMC

The Nominees:

Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men
(pictured)

Orange is the New Black

There's no Breaking Bad vs True Detective battle this year, so who are the new frontrunners? Orange is the New Black managed to survive the switch from Comedy to Drama, and Better Call Saul is the only freshman series to be nominated this year, but along with Homeland and Downton Abbey, who were safe-bet nominations, none of them really stand a chance of winning. The real race is between the remaining three. Mad Men has that last season buzz and has won in this category before, so it's probably the best bet this year. House of Cards is a close second, but if anyone really deserves to win over Mad Men, it's Game of Thrones. It had a consistently strong season and has probably the biggest fan-base out of all the contenders.

Could Win: House of Cards

Should Win: Game of Thrones

Will Win: Mad Men

Who's Missing: The Americans

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

ABC

The Nominees:

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (pictured)

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

This is a tough one. Viola Davis won the SAG Award, Taraji P. Henson won the Critics' Choice Award, and Ruth Wilson (who wasn't even nominated!) won the Golden Globe. Good news: Tatiana Maslany has finally made the cut! If she was nominated last year she would have won, but this year is a different story. Elisabeth Moss returns for the last time for her role in Mad Men, will she get some last season buzz? Robin Wright and Claire Danes are brilliant, but Wright should have won for the first season of House of Cards and Danes has won twice before for Homeland, so let's give it to someone else.

Could Win: Elisabeth Moss

Should Win: Elisabeth Moss

Will Win: Viola Davis

Who's Missing: Keri Russell, The Americans

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

AMC

The Nominees:

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men (pictured)

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Oh please, this is going to be the year Jon Hamm finally wins his Emmy!

Could Win: Kevin Spacey

Should Win: Jon Hamm

Will Win: Jon Hamm

Who's Missing: Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

AMC

The Nominees:

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game Of Thrones

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (pictured)

This category is full of outstanding actresses, arguably the best acting category of 2015. Uzo Aduba also survived the series switch from Comedy to Drama and her character, Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, had some stand out moments last year, most notably being manipulated by Season 2 villain, Vee. Christine Baranski gives a consistently strong scene-stealing performance on The Good Wife, and I'm shocked she hasn't won for the role before. Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey are forces to be reckoned with on Game of Thrones, but fans of the show could split their votes between the two, meaning neither will come out on top. Joanne Froggatt won the Golden Globe, beating all the other supporting actresses on television, could she continue her glory and snap up the Emmy too? Potentially. This is Christina Hendricks sixth nomination for Mad Men, and her last shot at winning for playing Joan Holloway.

Could Win: Lena Headey

Should Win: Christina Hendricks

Will Win: Christina Hendricks

Who's Missing: Yael Stone, Orange is the New Black

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

AMC

The Nominees:

Johnathan Banks, Better Call Saul (pictured)

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

This category is dull (too harsh?). They're all good actors, but the TV season for supporting actors has been not-so-good. Johnathan Banks should've won for Breaking Bad, and now that Aaron Paul is out of the way this year could finally be it. His only real competition is Emmy-newcomer, Ben Mendelsohn.

Could Win: Ben Mendelsohn

Should Win: Ben Mendlsohn

Will Win: Johnathan Banks

Who's Missing: John Slattery, Mad Men

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

ABC

The Nominees:

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Rachel Brosnahan, House Of Cards

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder (pictured)

Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Cicely Tyson is the frontrunner here, but Diana Rigg and Allison Janney are on her heels. Janney won last year for her role on Masters of Sex, and this is Diana Riggs' third nomination for Game of Thrones, so Tyson is the newcomer here, nominated for her role on the Shonda Rhimes freshman series, How To Get Away With Murder.

Could Win: Allison Janney

Should Win: Diana Rigg

Will Win: Cicely Tyson

Who's Missing: Lois Smith, The Americans

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Showtime

The Nominees:

Alan Alda, The Blacklist

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

F. Murray Abraham, Homeland

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Beau Bridges, Masters Of Sex (pictured)

Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is The New Black

The two frontrunners, Beau Bridges and Michael J. Fox are returning nominees for their performances on Masters of Sex and The Good Wife, respectively. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone else winning on the night.

Could Win: Michael J. Fox

Should Win: Beau Bridges

Will Win: Beau Bridges

Who's Missing: Sam Elliott, Justified

Comedy Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
Transparent
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
(pictured)

Modern Family has taken this trophy home five years running, but can it continue this impressive feat? Hopefully not. Louie is a critical darling, as is HBO's Silicon Valley, but can they get enough votes to win? Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is packed with talent and run by Tina Fey, which can only work in the shows favor. Transparent won the Golden Globe, but can it continue the success for it's freshman season? Parks and Recreation got a last season nod, but having only been nominated in this category once before (in 2011), the show has had next to no acknowledgement from the Emmys during it's entire seven season run (even Amy Poehler hasn't won before). Veep is HBO's best bet for a win in this category, the show just gets better and better.

Could Win: Modern Family

Should Win: Veep

Will Win: Veep

Who's Missing: The Comeback

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (pictured)

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Amy Schumer is having an amazing year, could this be the cherry on top? Possibly, but she'll have to tackle Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won for the last three years, and Amy Poehler, who could potentially get some last season buzz for Parks and Recreation. Lily Tomlin and Edie Falco are great additions to the list, but neither will win this year. I hope and pray that Lisa Kudrow will take the trophy for her heartbreakingly funny portrayal of Valerie Cherish on her HBO series, The Comeback. It's almost too close to call.

Could Win: Amy Poehler

Should Win: Lisa Kudrow

Will Win: Julia Louis-Drefus

Who's Missing: Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Amazon

The Nominees:

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (pictured)

Where the hell is Jim Parsons? Not that it matters too much, he wouldn't have won this year. Jeffrey Tambor has this one down. Matt LeBlanc, Don Cheadle, Louis C.K. and William H. Macy are all welcome returns. I'll be really disappointed if Episodes ends and LeBlanc walks away without an Emmy, he's brilliant. Will Forte and Anthony Anderson are the much needed new blood in this line up, but have very little chance of leaving with the trophy at the end of the night.

Could Win: Matt LeBlanc

Should Win: Jeffrey Tambor

Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor

Who's Missing: Chris Messina, The Mindy Project

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

HBO

The Nominees:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Anna Chlumsky, Veep (pictured)

Gaby Hoffman, Transparent

Allison Janney, Mom

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Kate McKinnon, SNL

Niecy Nash, Getting On

This is a jam-packed category with eight nominees, whoever comes out on top should feel very proud of themselves. Many are returning from last year, like Bialik, Bowen, Chlumsky, McKinnon and Janney, but Nash and Hoffman are welcome surprises. Jane Krakowski was expected to appear for her hilarious portrayal of Jacqueline Voorhees on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but will Emmy voters get past the similarities between her and Krakowski's previous role on 30 Rock.

Could Win: Jane Krakowski

Should Win: Anna Chlumsky

Will Win: Anna Chlumsky

Who's Missing: Eden Sher, The Middle

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Netflix

The Nominees:

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (pictured)

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Adam Driver, Girls

Tony Hale, Veep

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell is the only Modern Family actor to make the cut this year, which means this is the first time since the show started that there hasn't been two or more cast members in this category. It's also the first time since 2006 that each nominee is from a different show. From 2007 to 2008 Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven filled two spaces for their work on Entourage and in 2009, Tracy Morgan and Jack MacBrayer were nominated for 30 Rock, since then there's been a whole lot of Modern Family. Keegen-Michael Key is the only surprise nomination here, but he's worthy. Over the years, Girls has been dropped from more and more categories, last year it wasn't nominated for Best Comedy Series, and this year Lena Dunham was snubbed for Lead Actress, but Adam Driver has carried on without the others and scored his third consecutive nomination for his role on the show. When it comes down to it though, the three to watch are Hale, Braugher and Burgess.

Could Win: Tony Hale

Should Win: Andre Braugher

Will Win: Tituss Burgess

Who's Missing: Robert Michael Morris, The Comeback

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Netflix

The Nominees:

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls

Pamela Adlon, Louie

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (pictured)

I'm too angry to talk about the nominees, where the hell is Rhea Perlman's nomination for playing Danny's Mom, Annette Castellano, on The Mindy Project?!

Could Win: Christine Baranski

Should Win: Tina Fey

Will Win: Tina Fey

Who's Missing: Rhea Perlman, The Mindy Project

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Netflix

The Nominees:

Mel Brooks, The Comedians

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (pictured)

After 13 nominations and no wins, it looks like Jon Hamm will be getting two Emmys this year! It's about time.

Could Win: Bill Hader

Should Win: Jon Hamm

Will Win: Jon Hamm

Who's Missing: Josh Charles, Inside Amy Schumer

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