2012 Emmy Predictions

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 64th annual Emmy Awards live from Los Angeles tomorrow night! We know who we want to win (Jon Hamm! Lena Dunham’s Girls!), but who’s likely to walk away with the trophies? If you’re about to throw in $20 to the office Emmy Awards pool, you might want to put your money on the stars and shows that insiders are saying have the most chance of winning this year. We’ve put together a list of the major awards and highlighted the likely winner of each category with a little explanation as to why. In some cases, we’re hoping the likely winner actually doesn’t go home with the Emmy, but we also like to be crowned the official winner of our own Emmys party, so we did our research! Here’s who we think will win!

Related Link: 2012 Emmy Awards Nominations

Outstanding Drama

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Breaking Bad (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Homeland (Showtime/Super Channel)

Mad Men (AMC)

If Mad Men wins the Emmy, it will be the fifth year in a row that the AMC show takes home the Best Drama trophy. Everyone likes a history making moment, right? If there is an upset, it will likely be Breaking Bad that steals Mad Men’s thunder.

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Glenn Close, Damages

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Sure, she has some serious competition, but Claire Danes kills it in Homeland as a bipolar counterterrorism analyst.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

If Bryan Cranston wins this year, it will be his fourth Emmy win for playing Walter White. Sure, it would be nice to see someone else win, but when an actor consistently plays a character with such brilliance, the Emmys tend to consistently reward him with trophies.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey may be up for a ton of awards this year, but if there’s a category its sure to win, it’s this one. Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, might only be a supporting character, but she’s the heart and soul of Downton Abbey.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad

Jared Harris, Mad Men

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Peter Dinklage may have taken home this trophy last year, but no one out-acted Giancarlo Esposito’s performance as an insane meth dealer on Breaking Bad this year.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory (CBS/CTV)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Girls (HBO)

Modern Family (ABC/Citytv)

30 Rock (NBC/Citytv)

Veep (HBO)

Sure, we want Girls to win more than anything, but if we’re being realistic, Modern Family will take home the trophy. And we can’t really complain. It’s witty, hilarious and brilliantly written.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

This is definitely the toughest category, given that there are 7 hilarious and brilliant women nominated. We’d have to put our money on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, though. Melissa McCarthy took home the award last year, and that probably had a lot more to do with her role in Bridesmaids, if we’re being perfectly honest. This year, we think the Emmys will reward one of their old time favourites. Julia is hilarious on Veep, and given that the Emmys are big fans of Jon Stewart, we think have a feeling they also might be big fans of Julia’s political satire.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Sometimes awards shows like to show that they believe in the guy who doesn’t play by the rules. Giving Louie C.K. the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series would prove just that.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Modern Family tends to sweep in the comedy department, and this year we’re betting on Julie Bowen who managed to even outshine costar Sofia Vergara this season.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Jesse Ferguson, Modern Family

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

We could be wrong here, but we definitely think this award will go to one of the guys from Modern Family. We think Ty might just get it, even though he took the trophy home last year. The Emmys aren’t afraid to be consistent.

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