Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
I think these all have a reasonable shot. Justified probably won't make it in, but I'd really love it to. It may have had a better shot in season 2. So: probably Mad Men. Doubtful on Downton Abbey - I heard season 2 was a disappointment. I've heard Damages was particularly good this year, so that could have a shot. Not Dexter this year, but hopefully next! (Aaaaaah Deb! Aaaahhhh!) If they pick the Walking Dead, I will personally kill Carl.
Best Actress Drama
Claire Danes - Homeland
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
I haven't seen Sons of Anarchy - but maybe Katey Segal? Probably someone from Downton Abbey. And Elisabeth Moss on Mad Men. Glenn Close on Damages. Emmy Rossum on Shameless. I think this was Kyra Sedgewick's last season on the Closer, so maybe her. And an honorary award for cousin Debbie's scarves.
Best Actor Drama
Timothy Olyphant - Justified
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter. The plots this season were kind of a mess, but he still did good work.
Damian Lewis - Homeland.
I haven't seen House in several seasons, but as it is his last, Hugh Laurie. I'm sure Jon Hamm on Mad Men. Possibly Kelsey Grammer on Boss (ugh.) Probably Steve Buscemi on Boardwalk Empire. Jeremy Irons on the Borgias.
Wouldn't it be lovely: William H. Macy on Shameless.
Best Supporting Actress Drama
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife
Jennifer Carpenter - Dexter. Please - god - someone recognize her ongoing great acting and the shit she had to play this season.
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Probably Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey, Christina Hendricks on Mad Men, Rose Byrne on Damages. Possibly Kelly MacDonald on Boardwalk Empire. Anjelica Huston on Smash? Maise Wiliams - GoT? Everything about True Blood was terrible last season - except for Deborah Ann Woll, who is always the best thing. (Well, usually - Dennis O'Hare for next year!)
Wouldn't it be nice: Sharon Gless on Burn Notice. The rest of the show isn't respectable enough to nominate, but it should get some love! SVU is just as procedural, and it used to get love! Dexter gets love and it is pulpy and in Miami! The problem is, the Emmys may love dark comedies (the Big C, Girls, Enlightened), but they do not love light drama.
Best Supporting Actor Drama
Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Walton Goggins - Justified
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
I'd love to see Jeremy Allen White on here for Shameless, particularly given Lip's arc this season, but... this is always the most crowded category. And I REALLY want Walton Goggins on there.
That goes for Robert Sean Leonard on House, too. He's not going to get any love. :(
Probably John Slattery on Mad Men. Josh Charles on The Good Wife? I've heard also John Goodman on Damages. Maybe one of the other Mad Men? Jared Harris? Michael Pitt on Boardwalk Empire (sympathy vote?) I haven't seen the Killing, but Joel Kinnaman looks like the reason to watch...
Wouldn't it be nice: Christian Borle - Smash. It could happen. He beat Andrew Garfield...
Dude - they could start having musical numbers! Smash! Glee! They should totally have best musical moment in tv for the year. Ooh - new post on THAT.
Parks and Rec
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
I dislike Modern Family, but probably that. And The Big Band Theory. I have yet to see Girls, but it seems like that could slip in here. Ditto Louie. Oh - and Veep. I need to see that. Maybe New Girl? Or Enlightened? I doubt HIMYM - and I haven't seen it in like a season and a half (ADD YOUR SHOWS TO HULU, CBS) - but I like that one!
Oh, is Curb Your Enthusiasm still on? That'll probably get in.
Best Actress Comedy
Amy Poehler - Parks and Rec
Probably Laura Dern - Enlightened, Lena Dunham - Girls, Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep, and Zooey Deschanel - New Girl. That leaves.... Tina Fey? Martha Plimton - Raising Hope?
Best Actor Comedy
Joel McHale - Community
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory. I'm not sure he should still be getting nods because Sheldon doesn't exactly change much... But hey. He's popular.
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (Ditto.)
Adam Scott - Parks and Rec
Rob McElhenney - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Don Cheadle - House of Lies, Louie CK - Louie. Possibly Johnny Galecki - The Big Bang Theory. He's been up before.
Best Supporting Actress Comedy
Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock
Aubrey Plaza - Parks and Rec
Alison Brie - Community
Gillian Jacobs - Community
Kathryn Hahn - Parks and Rec
Kaitlin Olson - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Probably a bunch of ladies from Modern Family. And I think SNL counts here - so Kristen Wiig. I've heard good things about Casey Wilson on Happy Endings...
Best Supporting Actor Comedy
Nick Offerman - Parks and Rec
Neil Patrick Harris - HIMYM
Chris Colfer - Glee
Charlie Day - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Glenn Howerton - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Danny Pudi - Community
I have yet to see New Girl - but how about Deputy Leo from Veronica Mars? Otherwise, I'm sure it'll be a bunch of Modern Family. Maybe Bill Hader? I mean, Stefon is one of the funnier things around. Donald Glover on Community? Chris Pratt on Parks and Rec?
American Horror Story
I'm guessing the others here will be some sort of combination from Game Change, Hemmingway and Gelhorn, Titanic, Great Expectations, and Hatfields and McCoys.
Best Actress - Miniseries
Romola Garai - The Hour. Probably doubtful, but I liked her.
Lara Pulver - Sherlock
I'm sure Julianne Moore in Game Change, Nicole Kidman in Hemmingway and Gelhorn, and Gillian Anderson in Great Expectations. Possibly Rachel Weisz in Page Eight (did that come out already?) Possibly Connie Britton in American Horror Story. I've also heard Mare Winningham in Hatfields and McCoys, Judy Davis in Page Eight, Emily Watson in Appropriate Adult, and - weirdly - Rebecca Hall in Parade's End. I'm pretty certain that isn't out yet...
Best Actor - Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
Dominic West - The Hour
Probably Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris in Game Change. Maybe Clive Owen in Hemmingway and Gelhorn. Idris Elba for Luther. Bill Nighy in Page Eight. Someone in Hatfield and McCoys - Kevin Costner? Bill Paxton? I didn't see it.
Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries
Jessica Lange. For ever and ever and ever. There is no one else in this category.
Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries
Andrew Scott - Sherlock
Ben Whishaw - The Hour
Martin Freeman - Sherlock. Hey! The first time I've ever liked Martin Freeman. His work in the Reichenbach fall was wonderful.
Evan Peters - American Horror Story
Maybe Powers Boothe in Hatfields and McCoys and David Straitharn in Hemmingway and Gelhorn.
In 2013, they are combining supporting and lead in a miniseries, which is bullshit.