The 2015 Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday morning by everyone’s favourite pie-thrower, Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, and by So You Think You Can Dance host-with-the-most Cat Deeley. And we’ve got to say, the results are pretty mixed.
For the first time ever, each category features seven — not five — nominees in order to account for some eligibility changes as well as the ongoing debate over what’s a comedy and what’s a drama. Lucky for us, that means Canadian star Tatiana Maslany finally got some love for her multiple roles on Orphan Black.
*Entire Internet deletes “Tatiana Maslany Was Robbed” tweets*
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 16, 2015
It also means that while some of our faves (Amy Schumer, Viola Davis) got nods, some of our others (Jim Parsons, Michael Sheen) were left high and dry. So, we’ve made some snap judgements of our own about who/what should win, who/what will win and who/what really shoulda probably been nominated. Here we go:
Parks & Recreation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
What should win: Parks and Recreation. It took this long for the comedy to get some love, and we want it to go all the way. For once.
What will win: Transparent. Even though we still feel it borders more on a drama. Or Veep. The Emmys love them some Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Okay, so do we.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: Um, hello, Big Bang Theory? Also, where’s the love for Jane the Virgin? The critical darling had people salivating when it debuted.
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Orange Is The New Black
What should win: Game of Thrones. Winter is coming, after all.
What will win: Game of Thrones. Because, well…winter is coming.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: Sons of Anarchy for its final season, and every single network show in existence. Namely, newcomers Empire, How to Get Away with Murder and The Good Wife. Oh, and Parenthood, which was utterly heartwarming and wonderful in its final season.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
What should win: Honorable Woman. Maggie Gyllenhaal was completely fantastic.
What will win: Honorable Woman.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: We suppose the Emmys didn’t love The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst as much as we did.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Who should win: Liev Schreiber. Ray Donovan gets half the love it deserves.
Who will win: Kyle Chandler. With clear eyes and full hearts.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: Matthew Rhys for The Americans. And really, it would have been lovely to give Patrick Dempsey some love for his final run as Derek Shephard on Grey’s Anatomy, no?
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson
Who should win: Tatiana Maslany. It’s been three years coming, people! Viola Davis is a close second though. The scene from HTGAWM in which she took off her wig and makeup will go down in television history.
Who will win: Taraji P. Henson. The buzz she’s gotten for playing Cookie on Empire has even reached Sesame Street.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: We hated Gemma Teller, but that’s why Katey Sagal deserved love for her final turn on Sons of Anarchy. And no Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife?? Blasphemous.
Lead actor in a comedy
William H. Macy
Who should win: Matt LeBlanc. Episodes is pure genius, and he’s a large reason why.
Who will win: Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent. Again, that buzz thing.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: Where to start? Jim Parsons, for one. We’re still waiting for someone to yell “Bazinga!”
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Who should win: Amy Schumer. Because, she’s Amy Schumer. However, Lisa Kudrow did an amazing job portraying the dark return of Valerie Cherish in The Comeback.
Who will win: JLD #FTW.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: It would have been particularly nice to see Constance Wu in here for Fresh Off the Boat (we all know she makes that show), or Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez at least mentioned.
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
What should win: The Voice. The chemistry between the mentors makes every week a memorable one. Plus, Adam Levine.
What will win: The Amazing Race. It always does. Would YOU mess with Phil Keoghan?
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: Let’s go with Survivor. That seems to be the only one not on this list, right?
Variety Talk Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight
The Late Show
The Tonight Show
What should win: Last Week Tonight. John Oliver makes our lives a little bit better every time he’s on screen.
What will win: We’re split between The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show and The Colbert Report, since all three have lost a host this year. But for fun, let’s say Jimmy Kimmel Live.
What shoulda/coulda/woulda won: The late-night female hosts that exist only in our imaginations.
The 2015 Emmys, hosted by Andy Samberg in L.A., will air on Sunday, Sept. 20 on CTV.