Paul Mendoza


It’s that time again! The time to pass out awards to the best that TV had to offer last season. There was plenty good to reward but only a precious few will go home with the trophy. I will make my humble picks on some of the categories. I don’t do the Comedy categories because I don’t watch any of them. But my guess is VEEP will win best Comedy as will Julia Louis Dreyfuss and Jeffrey Tambor for Best Actor and Actress. Yes, they’ve both won before but the Emmy voters like to give the same people the award every year. Let’s see if that changes in some of the other categories.

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Maura Tierney–“The Affair”
Maggie Smith–“Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey–“Game of Thrones”
Emilia Clarke–“Game of Thrones”
Maisie Williams–“Game of Thrones”
Constance Zimmer–“UnReal”


I’m a big Game Of Thrones fan and even though three actors from that show are nominated in this category I was very upset that a fourth, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) was not. That being said, I’m going to say it’s Lena Headey’s year. Maura Tierney is the dark horse for her wonderful work in The Affair.

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Jonathan Banks–“Better Call Saul”
Ben Mendelsohn–“Bloodline”
Peter Dinklage–“Game of Thrones”
Kit Harington–“Game of Thrones”
Michael Kelly–“House of Cards”
Jon Voight–“Ray Donovan”

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This is another tough one. I love Jonathan Banks and he’s due but Jon Voight is great as Mickey Donovan. I’d like to see Voight win but don’t be surprised to see Banks snag it.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes — “Homeland”
Viola Davis — “How to Get Away With Murder”
Taraji P. Henson — “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany — “Orphan Black”
Keri Russell — “The Americans”
Robin Wright — “House of Cards”


The Americans finally broke out this year! So I’m going with Keri Russell.
But look for Viola Davis to win for the second year in a row.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Kyle Chandler–“Bloodline”
Rami Malek–“Mr Robot”
Bob Odenkirk–“Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber–“Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey–“House of Cards”
Matthew Rhys–“The Americans”

Mr Robot - Malek

This has to go to Rami Malek for the incredibly original first season of Mr. Robot. Could I be wrong? Could it be Matthew Rhys in an Americans sweep?
Perhaps but nah! It’s going to Malek.

Outstanding Drama Series

“The Americans”
“Better Call Saul”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mr. Robot“


The Emmys love to keep giving awards to the same people over and over but they also like break out original shows. Game Of Thrones delivered big this year! I think it has to go to games but look out for Mr. Robot coming up the rear.

Outstanding Limited Series

“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
“Night Manager”
“American Crime”


A very tough category. But The People vs. OJ Simpson was electrifying and a whole lot of fun to watch. I don’t think the others come close.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie

Bryan Cranston– “All the Way”
Benedict Cumberbatch– “Sherlock”
Idris Elba– “Luther”
Cuba Gooding Jr.–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”
Tom Hiddleston–“The Night Manager”
Courtney B. Vance–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”


Bryan Cranston was LBJ. He was just amazing. The only one that could topple him is Courtney Vance for The People vs OJ Simpson. His performance is a multi layered piece of showmanship much like Johhny Cochrane was himself.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Kirsten Dunst–“Fargo”
Felicity Huffman–“American Crime”
Audra McDonald–“Last Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”
Sarah Paulson–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”
Lili Taylor–“American Crime”
Kerry Washington–“Confirmation”


Each of these performances were amazing but Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark was the heart of The People vs. OJ. She more than deserves this one.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie

Jesse Plemons–“Fargo”
Bokeem Woodbine–“Fargo”
Hugh Laurie–“The Night Manager”
Sterling K. Brown–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”
David Schwimmer–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”
John Travolta–“The People v O.J.: American Crime Story”


Sterling K. Brown was fantastic as Chris Darden. Travolta could surprise with his eccentric performance as Robert Shapiro but if I have to pick a dark horse I’d bet on Jesse Plemmons for Fargo.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie

Melissa Leo–“All the Way”
Regina King–“American Crime”
Sarah Paulson–“American Horror Story: Hotel”
Kathy Bates–“American Horror Story: Hotel”
Jean Smart–“Fargo”
Olivia Colman–“The Night Manager”


I’m going with Melissa Leo for All The Way. But Regina King won last year for American Crime and she delivered another fine performance in it’s second season not to mention her outstanding work in The Leftovers. She could surprise.

Outstanding Variety Series

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight”
“The Late Late Show”
“Real Time with Bill Maher“
“The Tonight Show”


Last Week Tonight has taken up The Daily Show’s mantle by winning Best Writing for a Variety Series so I would imagine it will take this award as well. But Jimmy Fallon and James Corden have really caught fire with their comedy skits that go viral every day. One of them could upset.

Outstanding Television Movie

“A Very Murray Christmas”
“All the Way”


All The Way has this all the way!