The nominations for the Emmys are in and bets are on as to who should take the win in their respective categories. Outrage is aplenty as some of television’s favourite actors and actresses are snubbed and some have bagged nods despite their so-so performances.

Leading the pack is “American Horror Story” which swept up a total of 17 nominations. “Game of Thrones” follows closely behind with 16 nominations. “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” tail behind with 13 nominations each. For the first time, an online-only series, “House of Cards”, available exclusively on Netflix, has taken nominations in major categories.

Here’s Popspoken putting in its own bets on who’ll take home the Emmy this year.

Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” — Popspoken prediction
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”

“House of Cards” may have debuted with the most hype on Netflix but within a few episodes, what had viewers glued to their screens had all but evaporated. “Breaking Bad” may lack all the hype that some of the other shows in this category have had the privilege of enjoying but its strong and quick-witted plotlines have kept fans consistently loyal and that may mean taking home its first Emmy this year.

Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”)
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”)
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) — Popspoken prediction
Damian Lewis (“Homeland”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Being veterans of the television industry puts all the nominees in this category on fairly equal footing but I mean, come on, it’s about time Jon Hamm won this thing right? He’s been nominated pretty much every year since “Mad Men” began but has yet to take home the win. This is his year.

Actress in a Drama
Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”)
Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)
Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”)
Connie Britton (“Nashville”)
Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) — Popspoken prediction

Cries of outrage went out as viewers of “The Americans” woke up to the news that Keri Russell had been snubbed by the category. With Keri Russell out, this race is between newcomers Vera Farmiga and Kerry Washington. The critical acclaim of “Scandal”, however, is likely to push Kerry Washington’s ranks above that Vera Farmiga.

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”)
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”)
Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) — Popspoken prediction

Fans of “Homeland” rejoice as Many Patinkin is finally let into the inner circle and is nominated in this category this year. Peter Dinklage, on the other hand, has been nominated every year and sure, we get that the Academy has got mad love for this actor, but his performance is this particular season of Game of Thrones was not Emmy-worthy. Still, Dinklage poses the biggest threat to possible winner Many Patinkin.

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)
Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”)
Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”)
Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”) — Popspoken prediction
Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)

Emilia Clarke may have put on a reasonably good performance in “Game of Thrones” this time but falls short of the stellar standard needed to land a nod in this category. Maybe it’s just because dragons are cooler than swords. “Homeland” has not lost its hype yet and the excitement that surrounds Morena Baccarin’s nomination is a premonition of her likely win.

Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Girls” — Popspoken prediction
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

“Louie” and “Girls” are the two contenders for the prize this year but our bets are on “Girls” thanks to its hip and quick-witted humour.

Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) — Popspoken prediction
Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”)
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)
Louie C.K (“Louie”)
Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”)

This year is Alec Baldwin’s golden opportunity to score big at the Emmys by riding on the sentiments that come with television bidding farewell to 30 Rock. His competition from Louis C.K. and Jim Parsons is solid but unlikely to throw him off the throne.

Actress in a Comedy
Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) — Popspoken prediction
Laura Dern (“Enlightened”)
Lena Dunham (“Girls”)
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Again, as in Alec Baldwin’s case with 30 Rock’s closing, Tina Fey can rest easy as the show’s starpower does all the work for her.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Adam Driver (“Girls”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)
Ed O’Neill  (“Modern Family”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) — Popspoken prediction
Bill Hader (“SNL”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)

Everyone understands that the ensemble cast is what makes “Modern Family” one of the most-loved shows on television but it’s about time that the Television Academy let others have a chance. Adam Driver had the best acting chops of all the nominees here but the “Modern Family” juggernaut is unlikely to be thrown out of the mix that easily and Ty Burrell might just take the win.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) — Popspoken prediction
Jane Lynch (“Glee”)
Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”)
Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)
Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”)
Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)

The magic or “30 Rock” and the appeal of “Modern Family” will not have its way in this category as the odds are in Mayim Bialik’s favour. Her recent performance has been stellar and its about time that the girls of “The Big Bang Theory” got to get in on some Emmy action.

Catch the Emmys on 22 September to root for your favourites!

P.S. Did we give out the right predictions? Who do you think deserves to win this year? Let us know in the comments below!


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