Emmy predictions: who will win, who should win, and who got snubbed

"Breaking Bad," "True Detective," and "Orange is the New Black" are prime contenders at the Emmy Awards tonight. (AMC / HBO / Netflix)
The Emmy Awards are tonight and will enshrine a new crop of well-deserved shows and programs with statuettes while leaving other stellar shows out to stud. Here's who'll win, who should win, and who got snubbed at the Emmys.

Outstanding Drama Series


Who is predicted to win: "Breaking Bad"

The world caught "Breaking Bad" fever this past Fall, earning the criminally good AMC program incredible ratings and massive critical acclaim. With the series now over, Emmy voters will give creator Vince Gilligan and crew one warm sendoff with a last award.

Who should win: "True Detective"

The only other show that received as much buzz as "Breaking Bad" this past year was "True Detective," a meticulously brooding and philosophically prodding criminal drama packed with brilliant performances by Matthew McCounaghey and Woody Harrelson.

Who got snubbed: "The Good Wife"

Cable programs have been the rage at the Emmys for the past few years, but "The Good Wife" has constantly proven itself to be a big network contender against its overly hyped counterparts.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series


Who is predicted to win: Matthew McConaughey for "True Detective"

This will honor McConaughey's staggering performance as the existentially angsty detective Rust Cohle, while also serving as a consellation prize for "Detective" not getting outstanding drama series.

Who deserves to win: Matthew McConaughey for "True Detective"

Sure, Bryan Cranston's performance as Walter White will be forever echoed through endless valleys of TV drama, and Jon Hamm's subdued but masterful performance as the remarkably complex sad-man Don Draper is a big contender for next year after "Mad Men" ends. But McConaughey truly did give the best performance of them all.

Who got snubbed: James Spader for "The Blacklist"

Spader's performance as the mischevious mastermind criminal Raymond Reddington was a delight to watch. But now that Walter White and Don Draper won't be up in later years, you can be sure Spader will get his revenge.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


Who is predicted to win: Juliana Margulies for "The Good Wife"

Claire Danes had this category in the bag for the past two years, but with "Homeland's" third season falling apart at the seams, there won't be any objections to Margulies this year.

Who should win: Kerry Washington for "Scandal"

Washington's critically acclaimed performance as Olivia Pope was a critical and fan favorite, well-deserving of an Emmy win.

Who got snubbed: Tatiana Maslany for "Orphan Black"

The show got picked up for a third season, but still Maslany's incredible performances in "Orphan Black" should have earned her some Emmy love.

Outstanding Comedy Series


Who is predicted to win: "Orange is the New Black"

Millions of internet viewers begged for their friends Netflix password to watch this clever and well-written dramedy about the kooky and fractured ladies in a woman's prison. "Orange is the New Black" has been riding the hype train for months, with no signs of its path to Emmy stardom being derailed soon.

Who should win: "Veep" / "Louie" / "Modern Family."

"Orange is the New Black" is a brilliant show, but it isn't quite accurate to refer to it as a comedy. It's a toss up between HBO and FX's prized comedy institutions, with "Veep" at the top of its comedic stride and "Louie" still masterfully churning out its bizzare, acerbic humor.

"Modern Family" though continues to churn out hilarious and heartwarming comedy year after year, but lost some of its buzz as "Orange is the New Black" gained steam.

Who got snubbed: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

The current nominees are either innovative and groundbreaking or gigantic comedic institutions. Still, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" should have been included amongst the Emmy comedy ranks.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


Who is predicted to win: Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory"

Parsons is three for five for Lead Actor wins for his brilliant but socially unaware Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory." Odds are he'll bazinga his way to another win.

Who should win: Louis C.K. for "Louie"

Louis C.K. has been swept under the rug for too many years now, as "Louie" has become a beacon of groundbreaking, thought-provoking comedy.

Who got snubbed: Andy Samberg for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Sure, the show has only been around for one season, but Samberg won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of the talented but immature Detective Jake Peralta, making his snub that much more of a criminal offense.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series


Who is predicted to win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"

Emmys love Julia's sardonic Vice President Selina Meyer, and there won't be any chance of a veto this year.

Who Should Win: Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation"

"Parks and Recreation" started off as cult comedy and gradually grew into the Peacock network's most hilarious program. Much of that was due to Amy Poehler's hilarious performance as the relentlessly optimistic public official Leslie Knope.

Who got snubbed: Mindy Kaling for "The Mindy Project"

Move "Orange is the New Black" over to drama and give Mindy Kaling the funny credit she deserves.


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