Note: This piece was written by Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoon) for Man’s World Magazine in September 2015 and is the third article of a monthly column on international TV.
Will it be Mad Men’s Year?
When the curtains roll down on 2015, it may well be the year when the world bid farewell to two Jons from two cult TV shows. We are still not sure if Jon Snow is gone (by which we mean he’ll totally be back on Game of Thrones) but Jon Hamm has definitely left the building, with Mad Men having ended its seven season run in May this year.
So when the TV industry’s biggest night – the Emmy Awards – takes place on September 20, 2015, all eyes will be on one Jon and only Jon only: Jon Hamm. Nominated twice this year, his 11th and 12th nominations overall (one for Best Actor for Mad Men, and one for Best Guest Actor for The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), if Hamm fails to win the 12th time (he’s been nominated for the 8th time for Mad Men!), these awards will possibly go down as possibly the bigger dampener this year than what happened to the other Jon.
But while we keep our fingers, toes and all else crossed for Hamm, here’s a look at all the big categories this year:
Better Call Saul (BCS)| Downton Abbey |Game of Thrones (GOT) | Homeland | House of Cards (HOC) | Mad Men | Orange Is the New Black (OITNB)
SHOULD WIN: Mad Men, for the perfect send-off.
WILL WIN: Mad Men, unless there’s a deliberate sabotage.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): The Americans, snubbed for the third time, Sense8 and Manhattan.
Bob Odenkirk (BCS) | Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) | Kevin Spacey (HOC) | Jon Hamm (Mad Men) | Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) | Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
SHOULD WIN: Jon Hamm, all the way!
WILL WIN: Jon Hamm, all the way!
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Matthew Rhys (The Americans), James Nesbitt (The Missing), Dominic Cooper (The Affair)? Come on, Jeff Daniels again?
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) | Claire Danes (Homeland) | Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) | Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) | Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) | Robin Wright (HOC)
SHOULD WIN: Tatiana Maslany, for being kickass, or Taraji P. Henson, for being badass.
WILL WIN: Viola Davis, for clout, or Elisabeth Moss, for sentimentality.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Keri Russels (The Americans)… sigh. And Hayley Atwell for the sassy Agent Carter.
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) | Lena Headey (GOT) | Emilia Clarke (GOT) | Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) | Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) | Uzo Aduba (OITNB)
SHOULD WIN: Lena Headey, for the walk of shame in *that* episode.
WILL WIN: Christina Hendricks, because it is time.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Vera Fermiga (Bates Motel), who cannot possibly do more.
Jonathan Banks (BCS) | Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) | Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) | Peter Dinklage (GOT) | Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) | Michael Kelly (HOC)
SHOULD WIN: Jonathan Banks, because he deserves it from Breaking Bad days.
WILL WIN: Peter Dinklage, because everyone else is too new.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Mads Mikkelsen aka Dr. Hannibal Lecter is probably getting furious, but quietly.
Louie | Modern Family | Parks and Recreation | Silicon Valley | Transparent | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt | Veep
SHOULD WIN: Parks and Recreations, for respect, although Silicon Valley was funnier this season.
WILL WIN: Veep, because Transparent is too acclaimed for the Emmys.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Jane The Virgin, at the least, because About a Boy and You’re The Worst never even stood a chance.
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) | Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) | Don Cheadle (House of Lies) | Louis C.K. (Louie) | William H. Macy (Shameless) | Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) | Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
SHOULD WIN: Will Forte, for being ROFL funny.
WILL WIN: Jeffrey Tambor, because no one from Modern Family is nominated.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), Chris Geere (You’re The Worst) and Mark Duplass (Togetherness) really deserved shoo-ins.
Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback) | Lily Tomlin (Grace And Frankie) | Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) | Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) | Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation) | Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
SHOULD WIN: Amy Poehler, really now. It’s been seven years.
WILL WIN: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, although Amy Schumer could really ride on her Trainwreck wave.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez for Jane The Virgin, to begin with! Plus Minnie Driver (About a Boy), Aya Cash (You’re The Worst) and Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness).
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) | Julie Bowen (Modern Family) | Anna Chlumsky (Veep) | Gaby Hoffman (Transparent) | Allison Janey (Mom) | Jane Krakowski (UKS) | Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live | Niecy Nash (Getting On)
SHOULD WIN: Anna Chlumsky has a win long due now.
WILL WIN: Allison Janey because six Emmy wins are not enough.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Kether Donohue (You’Re The Worst), Jenny Slate (Married) and Amanda Peet (Togetherness).
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)
SHOULD WIN: Keegan-Michael Key, anyday.
WILL WIN: Ty Burrell because Emmys can’t see beyond Modern Family.
SHOULD’VE BEEN NOMINATED (AT LEAST): Steve Zissis (Togetherness), Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst) and everyone on Silicon Valley.
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Note: This piece first appeared in Man’s World Magazine in the September 2015 issue.
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