66th primetime Emmy Awards: Who should win and who will win?

66th primetime Emmy Awards: Who should win and who will win?
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The annual Emmy Awards are scheduled for Monday night, and many fans are hoping to see their favorite take home a trophy.

This year’s nominees for lead actor in a drama series have plenty of outstanding actors, including Mad Men's Jon Hamm and True Detective stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. They join Bryan Cranston, who has already won 3 for playing Walter White on Breaking Bad.

"Who should win is Bryan Cranston,” said Kristin Dos Santos, of E! online. “He has given probably one of the top five best performances in the history of television. Who will win is probably Matthew McConaughey. Let's face it, True Detective was probably his entire Emmy reel, every scene."

As for the dramatic leading ladies, nominees Claire Danes of Homeland and Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife have both won in the past. Dos Santos speculates that it could go to someone new.

"Who should win is Kerry Washington, who acted her butt off - or bump off - while doing incredibly challenging scenes while she was 7 or 8 months pregnant on Scandal. Who will win, I think is going to be Robin Wright on House of Cards,” Dos Santos said.

The nominees for lead actress in a comedy series are Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep, Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation, Taylor Schilling for Orange is the New Black, Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie, Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly, and Lena Dunham on Girls.

"Who should win is Amy Poehler, you can just roll this tape back for the last 5 years, I have said that every single time. She has never won an Emmy,” said Dos Santos. “Who will win is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Because she sneezes and gets and Emmy. Emmy voters love her!"

Full list of nominees for the 66th annual Emmy Awards

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey - PBS
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife - CBS
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland – Showtime
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, House Of Cards - Netflix
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Masters of Sex - Showtime
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Scandal - ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad - AMC
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, House Of Cards - Netflix
Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men - AMC
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, The Newsroom - HBO
Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart, True Detective - HBO
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, True Detective - HBO

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Louie - FX Networks
Modern Family – ABC
Orange Is The New Black – Netflix
Silicon Valley – HBO
Veep - HBO

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad – AMC
Downton Abbey – PBS
Game Of Thrones – HBO
House Of Cards – Netflix
Mad Men – AMC
True Detective - HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine - FOX
Adam Driver as Adam Sackler, Girls - HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family - ABC
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family - ABC
Fred Armisen as Various characters, Portlandia - IFC
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, Veep - HBO
 

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Episodes - "Episode 305" - Showtime
Written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

Louie - "So Did The Fat Lady" - FX Networks
Written by Louis C.K.

Orange Is The New Black - "I Wasn't Ready" (Pilot) - Netflix
Written by Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan

Silicon Valley - "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" - HBO
Written by Alec Berg

Veep – "Special Relationship" - HBO
Story and Teleplay by Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche
Story by Armando Iannucci

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory - CBS
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Modern Family – ABC
Allison Janney as Bonnie, Mom - CBS
Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov, Orange Is The New Black - Netflix
Kate McKinnon as various characters, Saturday Night Live - NBC
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep - HBO

 

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Episodes – "Episode 309" - Showtime
Iain B. MacDonald, Directed by

Glee – "100" - FOX
Paris Barclay, Directed by

Louie – "Elevator, Part 6" – FX Networks
Louis C.K., Directed by

Modern Family – "Vegas" - ABC
Gail Mancuso, Directed by

Orange Is The New Black – "Lesbian Request Denied" - Netflix
Jodie Foster, Directed by

Silicon Valley – "Minimum Viable Product" - HBO
Mike Judge, Directed by

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory - CBS
Ricky Gervais as Derek, Derek - Netflix
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc, Episodes - Showtime
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, House Of Lies - Showtime
Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie - FX Networks
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Shameless - Showtime

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, Girls - HBO
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn, Mike & Molly - CBS
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie - Showtime
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Orange Is The New Black - Netflix
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation - NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer, Veep - HBO

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race – CBS
Dancing With The Stars – ABC
Project Runway – Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Top Chef – Bravo
The Voice – NBC

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow, American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Kathy Bates as Madame Delphine LaLaurie, American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau, American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson, Fargo - FX Networks
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia, Flowers In The Attic - Lifetime
Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner, The Normal Heart - HBO

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Colin Hanks as Deputy Gus Grimly, Fargo - FX Networks
Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright, The Normal Heart - HBO
Joe Mantello as Mickey Marcus, The Normal Heart - HBO
Alfred Molina as Ben Weeks, The Normal Heart - HBO
Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, The Normal Heart - HBO

 

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

American Horror Story: Coven – "Bitchcraft" - FX Networks
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Fargo – "Buridan's Ass" - FX Networks
Directed by Colin Bucksey

Fargo – "The Crocodile's Dilemma" - FX Networks
Directed by Adam Bernstein

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight - HBO
Directed by Stephen Frears

The Normal Heart - HBO
Directed by Ryan Murphy

Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) - PBS
Directed by Nick Hurran

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester, Dancing On The Edge - Starz
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard, Fargo - FX Networks
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, Fargo - FX Networks
Idris Elba as John Luther, Luther - BBC America
Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks, The Normal Heart - HBO
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) - PBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode, American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode Foxx, American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor, Burton And Taylor - BBC America
Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal, Return To Zero - Lifetime
Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse, The Spoils Of Babylon - IFC
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, The Trip To Bountiful - Lifetime

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven - FX Networks
Bonnie & Clyde – Lifetime
Fargo - FX Networks
Luther - BBC America
Treme – HBO
The White Queen - Starz

Outstanding Television Movie

Killing Kennedy - National Geographic Channel
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight – HBO
The Normal Heart – HBO
Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) – PBS
The Trip To Bountiful - Lifetime

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series

The Colbert Report - Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Comedy Central
Inside Amy Schumer - Comedy Central
Key & Peele - Comedy Central
Portlandia – IFC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - NBC

 

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series

The Colbert Report – Episode 9135 - Comedy Central
Directed by James Hoskinson

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Episode 18153 - Comedy Central
Directed by Chuck O'Neil

Portlandia – "Getting Away" - IFC
Directed by Jonathan Krisel

Saturday Night Live - Host: Jimmy Fallon - NBC
Directed by Don Roy King

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Episode 1 (Will Smith/U2) - NBC
Directed by Dave Diomedi

 

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report - Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart - Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live – ABC
Real Time With Bill Maher – HBO
Saturday Night Live – NBC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - NBC

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad - AMC
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, Downton Abbey - PBS
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game Of Thrones - HBO
Josh Charles as Will Gardner, The Good Wife - CBS
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Homeland - Showtime
Jon Voight as Mickey Donovan, Ray Donovan - Showtime

 

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire – "Farewell Daddy Blues" - HBO
Directed by Tim Van Patten

Breaking Bad – "Felina" - AMC
Directed by Vince Gilligan

Downton Abbey - Episode 1 - PBS
Directed by David Evans

Game Of Thrones – "The Watchers On The Wall" - HBO
Directed by Neil Marshall

House Of Cards - Chapter 14 - Netflix
Directed by Carl Franklin

True Detective – "Who Goes There" - HBO
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Breaking Bad - AMC
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey - PBS
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Downton Abbey - PBS
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Game Of Thrones - HBO
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife - CBS
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Mad Men - AMC

 

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Breaking Bad  - "Felina" - AMC
Written by Vince Gilligan

Breaking Bad – "Ozymandias" - AMC
Written by Moira Walley-Beckett

Game Of Thrones "The Children" - HBO
Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

House Of Cards – "Chapter 14" - Netflix
Written by Beau Willimon

 

True Detective – "The Secret Fate Of All Life" - HBO
Written by Nic Pizzolatto