Last year shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Hatfield's and McCoys cleaned up at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. These shows winning in categories like visual effects, cinematography, art direction, and more is not surprising considering their larger scale production design. At the actual Primetime Emmy Awards one week later, Modern Family, and Homeland were the big winners. While the Creative Art Emmy nomination have an impact on who eventual wins the "bigger" categories it will be interesting to see who wins this year, and how these impact the other ceremony.
Here are the nominees in the "bigger" categories at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards (from imdb.com)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
So who wins? I am honestly terrible at predicting the guest acting categories, I only one out four last year, Jimmy Fallon in Guest Comedy Actor, so I am going to go against my gut. At the moment my gut tells me I should go with Nathan Lane, so I am going to going against the grain, not pick him and go with last year's double nominee michael J. Fox; he is back on the scene with a big way, and has never won for recurring guest role on this show. My spoiler is Dan Bucatinsky from Scandal, either way you slice it this is a weak category.
Will Win: Michael J. Fox-The Good Wife
Spoiler: Dan Bucatinsky-Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K. (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Louis C.K./Fun".
Saturday Night Live: Justin Timberlake (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Justin Timberlake".
30 Rock: Will Forte (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Paul L'astnamé". For episode "My Whole Life Is Thunder".
Modern Family: Nathan Lane (American Broadcasting Company (ABC))
For playing "Pepper Saltzman". For episode "A Slight at the Opera".
The Big Bang Theory: Bob Newhart (Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS))
For playing "Arthur Jeffries and Professor Proton". For episode "The Proton Resurgence".
My gut here says go with the veteran comedic actor who has never won an Emmy before, Bob Newhart, but as you read above my gut gets me in trouble. Timberlake has won for Saturday Night Live before, and his episode is great. While SNL player tend to have the advantage because of the length of their tape, Newhart is a legend. My gut is telling me Newhart, but I am going to pick Justin Timberlake to win once again.
Will Win: Justin Timberlake-Saturday Night Live
Spoiler-Bob Newhart-The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
This is another place where my heart, and head say go with the legend, Jane Fonda; she is a double Oscar winner. Easy pick, right? Wrong, The Good Wife spoiler Martha Plimpton is proof that you do not need to be an Oscar winner to do well in this category. Fact, and while my gut says Fonda, I can't help but television voters have been working with Preston more, and she will score a win here.
Will Win: Carrie Preston-The Good Wife
Spoiler: Jane Fonda-The Newsroom
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters". For episode "Melissa McCarthy/Phoenix".
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Various Characters".
30 Rock: Elaine Stritch (National Broadcasting Company (NBC))
For playing "Colleen Donaghy". For episode "My Whole Life Is Thunder".
This is another place where I think this is down between two women, one from Saturday Night Live, Kristin Wiig, and Melissa Leo from Louie. How much are voters going to fall in love with Louie, and this Oscar winner, not much. I am going with my gut on this one Kristin Wiig finally takes home an Emmy Award for this show.
Will Win: Kirsten Wiig-Saturday Night Live
Spoiler: Melissa Leo-LouieOutstanding Reality Show Host
Last year I predicted Bergeron, and he won, I am going to stick with this repeat winner, but I think Anthony Bourdain could be a spoiler.
Will Win: Tom Bergeron-Dancing with the Stars, Spoiler-Anthony Bourdain-The Taste