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The Emmys Could Be So Freaking Queer

The Emmys Could Be So Freaking Queer

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History could be made at possibly the queerest Emmys ever this Sunday.

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.

Comedy Series

Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Silicon Valley
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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.

Drama Series

Better Call Saul
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
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

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