Emmy Awards: Who Should Have Won, Who Did Win

Complete results of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, with my own opinions in.

W-Won
S-Should have won
N-Should have been nominated

BEST DRAMA SERIES
W-Breaking Bad
S-Breaking Bad
N-The Good Wife

Breaking Bad’s one of the all-time great drama series, but not a single network drama was nominated. The best one on the Big Four? CBS’s The Good Wife.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
W-Modern Family
S-Veep
N-Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I watch Modern Family, but this may have been its weakest year. Veep, however, has been sharp as ever.

BEST ACTOR DRAMA
W-Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
S-Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
N-Damian Bechir, The Bridge

If True Detective had just applied in the mini-series category… Anyway, this may have been the deepest category in the history of the Emmys, but Bechir should have had Jeff Daniels’s spot.

BEST ACTRESS DRAMA
W-Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
S-Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
N-Keri Russell, The Americans

Glad Margulies finally won the Emmy for her work, and on the series’ strongest season.

BEST ACTOR COMEDY
W-Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
S-Louis C.K., Louie
N-Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sheldon Cooper’s one of those iconic sitcom characters, but Louis C.K. delivered what felt like three Woody Allen mini-series this year.

BEST ACTRESS COMEDY
W-Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
S-Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
N-Anna Faris, Mom

I loved JLD on Veep, but just once I’d like Poehler to win it.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA
W-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
S-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
N-Christopher Heyerdahl, Hell on Wheels

Can’t argue against Paul’s heartbreaking work as Jesse Pinkman, but next year, can the voters please pay attention to what Heyerdahl’s doing as the unkillable Swede?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS DRAMA
W-Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
S-Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
N-Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

I’m happy for Gunn. She had a tough role as a wife and mother who finds herself trapped in a Grand Theft Auto world. Hendricks is the best actress on a show that has a few.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY
W-Ty Burrell, Modern Family
S-Andre Braugher, Brokklyn Nine-Nine
N-Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation

Of the nominees, Andre Braugher’s the best straight-man on television, but come on, Ron Swanson is one of the best characters of all time and he’s never even been nominated?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS COMEDY
W-Allison Janney, Mom
S-Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
N-Yvette Nicole Brown, Community

Though the redhead should get it. Mulgrew’s come a long way from Star Trek Voyager.

BEST MINI-SERIES
Fargo

BEST TV-MOVIE
The Normal Heart

BEST ACTOR, MINI OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

BEST ACTRESS, MINI OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINI OR MOVIE
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINI OR MOVIE
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION SHOW
The Amazing Race

BEST VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report

BEST WRITING DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad

BEST DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES
True Detective

BEST WRITING COMEDY SERIES
Louie

BEST DIRECTING COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family

BEST WRITING, MINI OR MOVIE
Sherlock: His Last Vow

BEST DIRECTING, MINI OR MOVIE
Fargo

BEST WRITING, VARIETY
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

BEST DIRECTING, VARIETY
67th Annual Tony Awards

Overall, it was a pretty good Emmys broadcast. Seth Meyers had more misses than hits, but he kept things moving. Too bad Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman didn’t attend. It would’ve been nice to see their speeches. The “In Memorium” was heart-breaking. So many good talents lost in one year, but Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams took the cake.

NBC and Fox didn’t win a single category.

Tags: Aaron Paul Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston Julia Louis-Dreyfus Modern Family

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