By Arts Staff
Elana Katz ‘14, Lane Roberts ‘14, Sam Bertschmann ‘14 and Ryan Asselin ‘15 share their picks for the 2013 Emmy Award winners. Hosted this year by Ellen DeGeneres, the ceremony will air this Sunday, Sept. 22.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Elana: Kerry Washington, ScandalWho doesn’t love her in Scandal? She is a fantastic actress.
Sam: Claire Danes, HomelandWhy bother nominating anyone else? Danes and her crazy eyes have cleaned up at every award ceremony since Homeland premiered in 2011. Always impressive as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison, Danes is sure to bring home the gold once again.
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Elana: Bryan Cranston, Breaking BadI wish Jeff Daniels would win for The Newsroom, but Breaking Bad is nothing without Cranston.
Sam: Bryan Cranston, Breaking BadWalt is easily one of the best and most complex TV characters ever created, and Cranston has made his transition from sympathetic, down-on-his-luck chemistry teacher to all-out monster an absolute thrill to watch. As much as I love Damian Lewis, who snatched the award from Cranston for his role as Sgt. Nicholas Brody in Homeland last year, I predict that Heisenberg will reclaim his territory this Sunday.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Sam: Maggie Smith, Downton AbbeyIn the exceedingly dark third season of the acclaimed British drama (why, Matthew, why?), Smith supplies much-needed comic relief as the conservative Crawley family matriarch.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Lane: Aaron Paul, Breaking BadAaron Paul is the heart and soul of AMC’s Breaking Bad, and he seems like a pretty cool dude in real life (see: a Twitter-pic of Paul giving someone a hug for bringing him a pizza). A win for Paul wouldn’t be groundbreaking – he’s been nominated three times before and won twice – but it would be a nice send-off for the show, which ends its five-season run later this year. Plus, it would give him one last chance to include Jesse’s famous catchphrase in his acceptance speech: ‘yeah, bitch!’
Sam: Aaron Paul, Breaking BadI could fill this entire section with declarations of love for Aaron Paul. He is phenomenal as Jesse, the hoodlum with a heart of gold, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched an episode of Breaking Bad in which he didn’t reduce me to tears…bitch.
Elana: Game of ThronesThis is such a quality show that made a seamless transition to television.
Lane: Game of ThronesTwo words explain why Game of Thrones, which garnered an impressive 17 nominations this year, has a very good chance at taking home the gold for Best Drama Series this year: Red Wedding. The series’ explosive and gut-wrenching penultimate episode set social media sites ablaze with outcries from heart-broken fans. After Ned Stark’s tragic death in the first season, though, viewers should not have been that surprised by the episode’s tragic turn of events. As Ramsay Snow so eloquently put it, “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” Long live the King of the North!
Sam: Breaking BadObviously, I am obsessed with this show. With its gripping plot and stellar cast, Breaking Bad is more addicting than Walt and Jesse’s special product. I will be sad to see it end next month.
Ryan: Breaking BadAfter five incredible seasons, Breaking Bad is still one of the most compelling shows on television and helped make chemistry – and risky business – cooler than ever before.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Elana: Tina Fey, 30 RockWhile I root for Amy Poehler, Tina Fey is queen. Her writing, directing, producing, and acting are always on point. I can’t wait for her to announce her candidacy for first female president.
Sam: Tina Fey, 30 RockNo one on the planet is funnier than Tina Fey. End of discussion.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Elana: Jason Bateman, Arrested DevelopmentThe return of Arrested Development made it clear that Michael Bluth is by far the funniest character on Netflix. Bateman knows how to make magic moments happen on screen.
Sam: Alec Baldwin, 30 RockBaldwin will accept the award in his best tuxedo, because it’s after six and what is he, a farmer?
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Sam: Sofia Vergara, Modern FamilyIt’s only a matter of which Modern Family cast member will take home this prize, considering how many of them feature in this category. Julie Bowen has won the past two years for her role as Claire Dunphy, but I have always found Gloria to be much funnier than her step-daughter.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Sam: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilySee ‘Supporting Actress, Comedy.’ I’m somewhat torn between Ferguson and Ty Burrell, who plays Phil Dunphy. Ultimately, Ferguson compliments Eric Stonestreet, last year’s winner in this category, so nicely as the exasperated but loving Mitchell and is likely to be recognized for his work this Sunday. I would be even more pleased, however, with an upset by Adam Driver for Girls.
Elana: 30 RockAs much as I would like to see Girls get the award, I think 30 Rock will win in honor of its final season, which ended earlier this year.
Sam: 30 RockThe award will almost certainly go to Modern Family once again, but I would like to see the consistently brilliant 30 Rock get some recognition for its final season.
Ryan: The Big Bang TheoryWitty and smart, The Big Bang Theory deserves to win this prestigious award over its fairly weak competition.
Ryan: The VoiceThe Voice is the best music competition show on television, and for good reason. Team leaders still relevant in the music industry, engaging vocal battles, and celebrity guest coaches are just some of the reasons why it deserves the top prize. The stale American Idol poses virtually no threat.