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64th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Predictions -- The Dramas

Updated on September 21, 2012
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The Emmys, 2012 Edition

The Emmys are here! The Emmys are here! The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 23rd, and what fun are awards ceremonies without trying to guess who will win in advance? Check out the predictions for the Best Dramas below.


The Nominees

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • Mad Men (AMC)

The Winner: Breaking Bad (AMC)

Why? This is a tough call; arguably any of these series could win an Outstanding Drama Series Emmy without too much outcry. Sophomore shows Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones suffer a bit by comparison to their stronger first seasons and while Mad Men had a great season, its lack of subtlety may hurt it. Homeland is a definite possibility, but my money is still on Breaking Bad, which has been nominated in each of its previous seasons but hasn’t yet won the big trophy. Its foundation-shaking season finale should secure the win.


The Nominees

  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Homeland

The Winner: Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad

Why? In the years since this show has begun, Bryan Cranston has never missed taking home this trophy, and there is no reason to believe he’ll be skipped over this time. The only reason he didn’t take the trophy last year was the timing of Breaking Bad’s season: the show wasn’t eligible for last year’s Emmys.


The Nominees

  • Kathy Bates as Harriet “Harry” Korn, Harry’s Law
  • Glenn Close as Patricia “Patty” Hewes, Damages
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss as Margaret “Peggy” Olson, Mad Men

The Winner: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland

Why? Claire Danes is already an Emmy darling with her Temple Grandin performance a few years ago, and her work on freshman hit Homeland certainly deserves the praise it’s been getting.


The Nominees

  • Jim Carter as Charles Carson, Downton Abbey
  • Brendan Coyle as John Bates, Downton Abbey
  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring, Breaking Bad
  • Jared Harris as Lane Pryce, Mad Men
  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad

The Winner: Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring, Breaking Bad

Why? Another incredibly tight race, there are four very strong choices for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series this year. The award won’t go to a Downton actor, but out of the other four Giancarlo Esposito and Jared Harris are the only ones who haven’t won for their respective roles, and (SPOILERS!) neither will get a chance to again, flashbacks notwithstanding. The award this time goes to Esposito, who towered in every scene he played while still managing to put a very human face on a very monstrous character.


The Nominees

  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife
  • Joanne Froggat as Anna Bates, Downton Abbey
  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Breaking Bad
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Mad Men
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey

The Winner: Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey

Why? Downton Abby dominated the nominations this year with its frankly weaker second season, but there was nothing weak about the caustic, witty performance Maggie Smith put forth as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley.


The Nominees

  • Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner for Mad Men, “Far Away Places”
  • Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner for Mad Men, “The Other Woman”
  • Julian Fellows for Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven”
  • Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, & Gideon Raff for Homeland, “Pilot”
  • Andre Jacquementton & Maria Jacquemetton for Mad Men, “Commissions and Fees”

The Winner: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, & Gideon Raff for Homeland, “Pilot”

Why? The Mad Men nominations will split the vote for their show, leaving Showtime’s freshman pilot to shine through and take the award.


The Nominees

  • Phil Abraham for Mad Men, “The Other Woman”
  • Michael Cuesta for Homeland, “Pilot”
  • Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad, “Face Off”
  • Brian Percival for Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven”
  • Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire, “To The Lost”

The Winner: Phil Abraham for Mad Men, “The Other Woman”

Why? Mad Men is a perennial favorite of the Emmys, and there is no way it will get shut out of the major awards. Beyond that, the stylish and at times beautiful direction of Mad Men really deserves the attention it gets.

Check Out The Emmys

This article is about the Primetime Emmys, but the Creative Arts Emmys were held September 15th, 2012. Check if your favorite shows won anything here.

The Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and they will air live on September 23rd, 2012 at 7e/4p on ABC.

Be sure to check out hopped’s predictions for Comedy, Miniseries or Movie, and Reality and Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.


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