As the work week is finally winding down, I'm sure everybody is leaving the office, rushing out to Whole Foods to find the most delectable slab of rare fish (or really, just trying to find the pizzeria with the best Yelp reviews), and in the midst of planning the best Emmy party ever. What, just me?
In all seriousness, this could be the queerest Emmys ever. This year, there is a slight possibility that each winner in the top categories could either be a queer performer, a queer character, or a show predominantly about queer characters. Lord, what I time to be ALIVE!
Let's take a look at the top categories and see how history could be made.
Louie Modern Family Parks and Recreation Silicon Valley Transparent The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Veep
Queer It Up: Transparent
Personal Preference: Transparent (But gawd Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was just the tits, wasn't it?)
Predicted Winner:Transparent. I'm wary to place the terrific, tiny Amazon series here, because I was sure that Orange is the New Black was going to kick Modern Family's winning streak last year. But we all know how that went. That said, it just feels like the timing's right with this little-show-that-could.
Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Queer It Up: Lily Tomlin
Personal Preference: Lisa Kudrow
Predicted Winner: Amy Schumer. This gurl is on FIRE right now--with Trainwreck being a summer blockbuster and an upcoming HBO special. The abundance of nomintaions Inside Amy Schumer was showered with only verifies the support across the board for the show and its star comedienne. But c'mon, there's Lisa Kudrow and then there's everyone else.
Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Louis CK, Louie Don Cheadle, House of Lies Will Forte, Last Man on Earth Matt LeBlanc, Episodes William H. Macy, Shameless Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Queer It Up: Jeffrey Tambor
Personal Preference: Jeffrey Tambor
Predicted Winner: No one, and I mean no one, is stopping this tour de force performance from emerging victorious on Sunday.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Adam Driver, Girls Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele Ty Burrell, Modern Family Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tony Hale, Veep
Queer It Up: Tituss Burgess or Andrew Braugher
Personal Preference: Tituss Burgess
Predicted Winner: I don't really see Ty Burrell picking up another trophy for this role, and honoring Burgess would be a great way of giving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (a surprise nominee in Best Comedy Series) a big win.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Niecy Nash, Getting On Julie Bowen, Modern Family Allison Janney, Mom Kate McKinnon, SaturdayNightLive Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Queer It Up: Kate McKinnon
Personal Preference: Jane Krakowski
Predicted Winner: Even though Jane Krakowski has the overdue factor with never winning an Emmy for 30 Rock (for shame!), she still has a decent shot of pulling off a win. However, Veep gets better and better, and this might be the year Chlumsky takes it, especially since she has one hell of an Emmy submission.
Better Call Saul Downton Abbey Game of Thrones Homeland House of Cards Mad Men Orange Is the New Black
Queer It Up: Orange is the New Black
Personal Preference:Mad Men, Game of Thrones, or Orange is the New Black
Predicted Winner: So freaking tough to call. Do they award the perennial favorite that hasn't won in years for its swan song? Or the ratings behemoth that had its biggest season yet? I think Mad Men takes it...but just barely.
Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder Taraji P. Henson, Empire Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Robin Wright, House of Cards
Queer It Up: Taraji P. Henson (She might not be queer, but lord Cookie Lyon was every gay man's spirit animal. See also: Lisa Kudrow/Valerie Cherish)
Personal Preference: Elisabeth Moss
Predicted Winner: It's down to Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson, and each win would be well deserved and historic. I'm giving the edge to Viola Davis who picked up a SAG award for her performance earlier this year. But watch out for Cookie...she just might snatch that trophy from Davis at the last second.
Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Jon Hamm, Mad Men Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Queer It Up: Kevin Spacey
Personal Preference: Jon Hamm
Predicted Winner: Jon Hamm. Mad Men, which has never won an acting Emmy (again, for shame!) has its best chance of the night with Don Draper. Watch for his committed performance over eight years to finally be rewarded.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey Lena Headey, Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Christina Hendricks, Mad Men Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Queer It Up: Uzo Aduba
Personal Preference: Christina Hendricks (Okay, a Christina Hendricks-Lena Headey tie. #Cersei4Life)
Predicted Winner: Another incredibly close race. Will Christina Hendricks be swept up in Mad Men's coattails for a sweep, or will Lena Headey be the consolation prize if Game of Thrones loses Best Drama Series? For sentimental reasons, I think Hendricks will finally have her day.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Alan Cumming, The Good Wife Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Queer It Up: Alan Cumming
Personal Preference: Michael Kelly
Predicted Winner: The category with no front runner is also one of the most difficult categories to call. In terms of submitted episodes, Michael Kelly kicked off House of Cards with a powerhouse episode, and voters noticed. Better Call Saul is also incredibly popular, and I'm sure there's plenty of Breaking Bad goodwill leftover. Jonathan Banks takes this one.
Watch the Emmys this Sunday, September 20 at 8:00pm on FOX