The 2014 Emmy Award Nominations will be announced this Thursday morning, and in honor of the big occasion celebrating the best performances in television this year, these are the actors, actresses and shows that we need to be nominated, or we’ll be revolting before 9 a.m..
On and off-screen couple Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys really outdid themselves in season 2 of the critically-acclaimed FX show, with the sex, drama and espionage at an all time high. Their next mission: obtain an Emmy nomination.
James Spader, The Blacklist
He creeped us out, he surprised us and most of all he kept our eyes glued to the TV every week on The Blacklist. Bravo, James Spader.
Do you even remember life before Orange Is The New Black? Binge-watching has never been so fun.
Hey, maybe Andy Samberg’s Golden Globe win wasn’t such a fluke after all! It’s his most restrained role, while still bringing the funny in every episode. He showed viewers his sweet and silly sides while solving crimes, and he’s just one piece of the puzzle that is one of the best ensemble casts on TV.
After playing Dr. Cristina Yang for 10 years, Sandra Oh is ready for an Emmy nomination. She’s acted her way through a plane crash, getting impaled by an icicle, being left at the altar and has performed countless surgeries. Her final season on Grey’s displayed her powerhouse acting skills that will be greatly missed going forward.
One of the most gripping shows of the year was beautifully shot (no pun intended) and beautifully acted the entire season long. While the show should rack up some noms, each and every actor including Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, breakout star Allison Tolman and of course the chilling Billy Bob Thornton were at the top of their game in each and every episode. Well, every episode they stayed alive, that is.
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
This should be a no-brainer. Amy consistently brings it in each and every episode of Parks and Rec, but this is more an early note to Emmy voters that she deserves the win this year. Let’s not have another Steve Carell/ The Office situation on our hands where we just expect Amy to be brilliant but not present her with some serious hardware.
Giving Poehler a run for her money every year is Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep. She can go from calm to crazy in record time, and that takes talent. And let's not forget the supporting cast of men on the HBO comedy: Timothy Simons, Reid Scott, Tony Hale, etc. all really brought it on the show this year, from burritos to breakdowns to bag duties.
Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Robin Wright held her own with the terrifying Kevin Spacey all season, so it won’t be a surprise to hear either of these names called on Thursday morning in the Leading Actor and Actress categories.
Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Our eyes are still puffy from this one! Matt Bomer was heartbreakingly good, Mark Ruffalo was as passionate as ever, and equally as good as their talented performances were in the HBO movie, is how good they will look in their tuxes at the Emmy awards ceremony.
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
This show smashed sketch comedy, gender commentary and the siliness of life all out of the park this year. Amy proved she’s a diverse comic, actress and gal we want to be best friends with.
Twitter still can’t shut up about this one. It’s the year of McConaughey, all the way.
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Playing manipulative matriarch Victoria Grayson is an art-form when Madeleine Stowe does it. We wouldn’t want to go up against Victoria and we certainly wouldn’t bet against Madeleine being named Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Abbi and Ilana showed what it is truly like for women in their 20’s to live in New York City in the laugh till we cry, cry till we laugh Comedy Central show.
Claire Danes, Homeland
Homeland’s plotlines may not have been up to par this season but as usual Claire Danes delivered as CIA agent Carrie Mathison. There’s a reason she’s won the Lead Actress Emmy for the last two years in a row: She’s that good!
Monica Potter, Parenthood
There’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Monica Potter’s character Kristina Braverman struggled with cancer and the challenges of raising an autistic son. Her ability to give a moving performance makes her one of the best actresses on TV and beyond worthy of a nomination, if not a statue this year.