Relive the Best and Worst Moments from 2014 Emmy Awards

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In case you hadn’t heard, we’re living in a golden age of television, an era when there are so many high-quality scripted shows from so many outlets that finding the time to watch them all has become the ultimate First World Problem. The Television Academy has announced its last batch of presenters for the Primetime Emmy Awards and the list includes Emmy nominees and upcoming television stars.Below is my full list of predictions for the 2015 Emmys (most of the races), and as is tradition, we’re gonna have a little competitive fun with this, you and me. But the excitement that has surrounded television for the last decade hasn’t always translated to the Emmy Awards, an institution that tends to honor a handful of favorites — while making the same galling oversights — year after year.

Those who will be doing double duty as nominees and presenters are Adrien Brody, who is nominated for lead actor in a limited series or movie for History’s “Houdini”; Viola Davis, who is nominated for lead actress in a drama for “How To Get Away With Murder”; and Keegan-Michael Key, who is nominated for lead actor in a comedy for Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Key’s co-star Jordan Peele, as well as other past nominees, will also be presenting this year. Perhaps aware of Emmy’s fuddy-duddy image, the TV Academy instituted new rules this year, clarifying the definition of drama vs. comedy, expanding the series categories to a possible seven nominees and, in the most potentially radical change, opening up the vote from small “blue-ribbon panels” to all the eligible members in each branch of the organization. That network seemed like it was struggling, but once they picked up ‘Mad Men,’ which a lot of networks passed on, [AMC] was on fire,” said Rentrak media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. The trick is in being more discerning and the nominees for this year’s Primetime Emmys, which will be aired here on Monday, are somewhat reliable markers of quality shows to invest our time and emotions in — even as there is the inevitable snub (the travesty of Fresh Off The Boat’s mercilessly funny Constance Wu being left out of this year’s Outstanding Actress for Comedy race!) and the question of whether deserving ones really take home the trophy will always hang in the air. The nominations announced in July already included some pleasant surprises (hurray, Tatiana Maslany!), and Sunday night’s telecast on Fox could bring still more.

The actor went from being a nobody to, well, Jon Hamm on the strength of his nuanced, compelling portrayal of ad man Don Draper, a pop culture icon, fashion pin-up, TV anti-hero and sex symbol men want to be and women want to be with. It’s different than what he called the box-office bump that Hollywood studios get after winning an Oscar. “The competition, and just the level of quality in production and writing in TV today is unparalleled,” Dergarabedian said. “So if you’re a Netflix or Amazon or Hulu and you want to get into this game, it’s important that you gain this level of recognition.

Winners of last week’s Creative Arts Emmys will also take the stage to present, including Bradley Whitford, Margo Martindale, Joan Cusack and Reg E. And yet, with zero wins to date out of 14 nominations spanning three categories, the “Mad Men” star is one of Emmy’s most famous losers — a distinction he has embraced as the co-host, with another perennial also-ran, Amy Poehler, of a yearly “Losers Only” party. If people are going to play in the sandbox, they want to play with the kid with the best toys.” This year, it seems like Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, -0.87% HBO is that kid. We hope justice will be served but we are not holding our breath — after all, Steve Carell never received an Emmy as lovable loser Michael Scott in The Office.

And more importantly, the bragging rights of a liiiiifeeeeeetiiimmmmmmeeee. (Or at least a good solid 30 seconds when you text your mom—who may or may not respond.) Now all you have to do is write or type out your own list, snap a pic of it and tweet it to me @kristindsantos with #EEmmyChallenge. The network, widely viewed as offering some of the highest quality content on TV, racked up 126 Emmy nominations, 24 for its flagship series “Game of Thrones” alone. On Emmy night, right after the last winner is called, tweet me immediately with “I beat you! #EEmmyChallenge” and include your predictions pic list again. The success of Netflix Inc.’s NFLX, -1.53% “House of Cards” has helped boost the streaming giant’s clout as it delves deeper into original content.

Henson and Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, James Corden, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden, Lena Headey, LL COOL J, Mindy Kaling, Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Lowe, Jane Lynch, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Amy Poehler, Emma Roberts, Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Liev Schreiber, John Stamos and Kerry Washington. Even his behind-the-scenes contributions to “Mad Men” have gotten the shaft: The show hasn’t won a series Emmy since he became a producer in its fifth season. Not only has Hamm never won an Emmy for “Mad Men,” which ended its run on AMC in May, neither has anyone from the cast, despite 34 acting nominations. Despite the bounty of brilliance in the Outstanding Comedy Series category (Veep, Parks And Recreation, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the Emmys has given the prize to Modern Family for the past five years. The excellent Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss are both nominated in their respective categories this year, but Hamm looks like the best bet for a “Mad Men” acting win — particularly now that Bryan Cranston is finally out of the running.

This year, Netflix’s original series raked in 34 nominations. “One of the monetary benefits comes from being able to continue to market these quality shows later on down the line,” Dergarabedian said. “And that’s important, because now this content has a much longer shelf life with all of the means of .” The Emmys, hosted this year by Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg, will air at 8 p.m. It wasn’t until 1982 that a woman of color (“Fame’s” Debbie Allen) even made the drama actress shortlist, and they’ve been scarce in the decades since. Eighteen years passed between Cicely Tyson’s nomination for “Sweet Justice” in 1995 and Kerry Washington’s first nod for “Scandal” in 2013. (And did we mention that the prize has never gone to an Asian woman or a Latina, either?) This year, it’s a different story, when two Oscar-nominated African American actresses in hot freshman shows are leading the pack in one of the most fiercely competitive races at the Emmys. This is, after all, such a jammed field that 2014 winner, Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” failed to make the cut this year — as did two-time nominee Kerry Washington, the actress many predicted would be the one to make Emmy history.

The hugely popular and influential “The X-Files” never won a drama series Emmy, losing out to “The Practice” (lawyers), “ER” (doctors), “NYPD Blue” (cops) and “Law & Order” (lawyers and cops!). Should the Emmy finally go to “Game of Thrones,” rather than competitors such as Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” or the final season of “Mad Men,” it would be a touch ironic.

This season sparked a backlash from fans and critics alike for its depiction of brutal violence against women and children, and was viewed by some as the show’s weakest to date. As anyone not living in an underground bunker surely knows — sorry, Kimmy Schmidt — the last two years have brought huge changes to the world of late-night TV. Voters eager to embrace late night’s younger generation could reward Jimmy Fallon for reinvigorating “The Tonight Show,” or critical darling John Oliver for “Last Week Tonight’s” pioneering blend of comedy and muckraking. Despite plenty of love for Letterman and his “Late Show,” “The Daily Show” would appear to have the edge: The satirical show won the variety series Emmy for 10 years straight from 2003 to 2012, and also scored a writing nomination this year. Or maybe the Emmys will split the difference between old and new and give a third straight Emmy to the departed “Colbert Report,” whose spirit (and host) now lives on at “The Late Show” on CBS.

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