2012 Emmy predictions: Will ‘Breaking Bad’ stop ‘Mad Men’s’ dominance?

For our final Emmy predictions piece before the show itself airs on Sunday, we are looking at what is really the granddaddy of them all when it comes to category: the dramas. We genuinely do believe that some of the best competition ever is within these ranks this year, as there are very few clear-cut favorites and a number of nominees that would win were this any other year.

Really, though, this is the question that we have: is “Mad Men” finally set to end its reign after winning the top prize for four straight ┬áseasons?

Outstanding Drama Series – “Downton Abbey.” This is the debate that we hard the hardest time figuring out. When we first did our Emmy rankings article earlier this summer, we actually likened this show to “Gangs of New York” in that it was nominated for quite a bit, but probably would not win anything.

As this article indicates, things have changed a little bit since then. We don’t know if this is just the result of the show starting up again in Britain or the cast being in Los Angeles, but there has been some serious momentum here. We still don’t know if critics treat “Breaking Bad” or “Game of Thrones” seriously enough, and the buzz for “Homeland” has cooled a bit. “Boardwalk Empire” shouldn’t really even be at the party, and voters may be ready to give the trophy to someone other than Don and Betty Draper.

Best Actor – Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad.” While the supporting categories are competitive, these are so predictable that there’s hardly a point talking about them. Walter White is an iconic character, and Cranston has this locked in.

Best Actress – Claire Danes, “Homeland.” This award is nearly as much of a lock. Danes’ performance is the stuff of legend, and the strange thing about it, though, is that the buzz surrounding her has almost managed to suck away the show’s chances of winning anything else.

Best Supporting Actor – Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad.” This is really a three-person race between Esposito, his “Breaking Bad” castmate Aaron Paul, and Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones.” The one reason that we are giving him the edge? He’s the only one who has not won the trophy more, and he’s not going to get another chance as Gus Fring.

Best Supporting Actress – Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey.” We are going here with a woman who is very much the frontrunner, but you have to admit that this is a pretty interesting category here. You have her squaring off against her co-star Joanne Froggatt, Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski of “The Good Wife,” Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad,” and the other person most likely to take home the trophy in “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks.

Who do you think are the likely winners? We want to hear many more of your thoughts below! If you want to check out some more of our pre-show predictions, be sure to visit the link here.

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