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Hollywood Pros Pick the Winners

We granted the cloak of anonymity to four TV insiders and got their informed — and delightfully opinionated — Emmy picks in exchange

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The Comedy Writer
This Emmy-winning scribe has worked on some of prime time’s hottest sitcoms and has a soft spot for anyone with a ”Louis” in their name.

Outstanding Drama
Breaking Bad
”It’s bad for society that Vince Gilligan is making us empathize with this sociopath. It deserves best drama and should be illegal immediately.”

Outstanding Comedy
30 Rock
”Shows shouldn’t be able to operate at this high a level for this long. And when they knew it was time to go — poof.”

Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
”He’s the only actor I think of that could be nominated for best comedy performance and best drama performance for the same role.”

Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
”She’s found a way to make a character that’s kind of mean and uncompromising extremely likable. Also, I want both top comedy spots to go to people with ‘Louis’ in their names. For symmetry.”

Outstanding Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
”He’s so good they should give him an Emmy that’s slightly larger than normal and can spin around on its base.”

Outstanding Actress, Drama
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
”She can embody a great character and track the progress of second-wave feminism at the same time. If they revealed that Peggy’s also secretly a space alien, she’d roll with it and make it great.”

The Veteran Actor
This comedic thespian, who is currently starring on a cable drama, is rooting for a pair of underdogs to triumph in the best-drama race.

Outstanding Comedy
Veep
”Basically, most ‘Washington’ shows are about how everyone is so smart and their problems are so important and yet they sacrifice their personal lives for the greater good, blah blah. Veep is about what a colossal bunch of dunderheads [they are] and how venal their motivations are. I find that refreshing and funny.”

Outstanding Drama
Game of Thrones
”I am going with the boldest (and probably most expensive) of the lot. I love the fact that these two relatively unknown showrunners [D.B. Weiss and David Benioff] had this passion and tracked down the author of this weird book and got it made. Gives me hope.”

Outstanding Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston
”Operatic role fulfilled operatically. Plus, he’s a good guy. Home run.”

Outstanding Actress, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
”Such a brave portrayal. She allowed herself to look so bad in the first episodes and to behave so crazy…. I literally thought I was watching an actress have an onscreen breakdown…and it was all part of her character construct. Bravo.”

Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Louis C.K.
”The show is a game changer. It opened minds to a ground- floor rethink of what comedy can be on TV.”

Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
”She is our greatest comedic actress, bar none. I would vote for her if she were reading the directions off of a Green Giant corn can.”

The Respected Showrunner
This Emmy winner, who is currently overseeing one of the most critically acclaimed dramas on TV, has a bone to pick with the TV Academy.

Outstanding Drama
Game of Thrones
”All-around great season, capped by the Red Wedding. How many shows have YouTube videos of people watching the show?”

Outstanding Comedy
Louie
”As there is no single award for all-around greatest show on TV right now, this will have to do.”

Outstanding Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston
”He sets the bar higher with each season, and keeps on clearing it.”

Outstanding Actress, Drama
Kerry Washington, Scandal
”Maybe ATAS voters were confused and didn’t know Tatiana Maslany was playing seven roles on Orphan Black. Oh, well. Next in line: Kerry, for making the outlandish feel very real and oh-so-entertaining.”

Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Louis C.K.
”Don’t let his brilliant writing and directing obscure the fact that his performance is hilarious and heartbreaking, often within the same scene.”

Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
”Give her another one. The show was even better this season, and she was even more ferocious and funny.”

The Brainy-Drama Producer
This writer-producer has already won two Emmys for penning some of the most respected dramas from the past decade. He’s rooting for Matt LeBlanc.

Outstanding Drama
Breaking Bad
”The fact that it still hasn’t won TV’s top honor is as criminal as Walt’s money-laundering car wash. To make a TV show this slow and brooding and nonverbal flies in the face of everything they teach in network-executive school. And yet mass audiences are catching on, in a big way. Let’s send them an Emmy before we send them to Belize.”

Outstanding Actress, Drama
Elisabeth Moss
”You could argue that Mad Men is even more Peggy’s show than Don’s, because while he’s increasingly becoming a cultural anachronism, Peggy changes with the times. Moss deserves a statue for embodying ’60s womanhood in this way, with all its ironies and complexities and contradictions.”

Outstanding Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston
”Cranston can convey more with an eyebrow than most actors can convey in an entire career. We can see him think, and in the case of Walter White, he’s thinking very dark and complex volumes. No amount of Emmys is enough.”

Outstanding Comedy
Louie
”There’s TV comedy before Louie, and TV comedy after. It’s raised the bar on truth and reality for the entire genre. Plus, it just happens to be the funniest show on TV.”

Outstanding Actor, Comedy
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
”It’s hard enough to play yourself. It’s a lot harder to play yourself as a narcissistic, womanizing, manipulating cad, and still have the audience pity you and root for you. LeBlanc as LeBlanc. Enough said.”

Outstanding Actress, Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
”If they gave Emmys for taking your clothes off, she’d have a shelf of them. But they do give Emmys for taking off your vanity and getting to the truth of what it’s like to be an almost-adult in an increasingly childish world. Hannah is the mumblecore Mary Tyler Moore.”