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Emmy predictions: Outstanding actor/actress in a drama

Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

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Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

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The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week through Monday, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: outstanding actor/actress in a drama.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad 
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom 
Jon Hamm, Mad Men 
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards 
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective 
Woody Harrelson, True Detective 

Sure, it's three-time winner Bryan Cranston's final year to win for Breaking Bad. But the academy didn't even deem him worthy over Daniels last year. Plus, he's competing against Matthew McConaughey, who was in prime McConaissance mode when True Detective aired. The Emmys won't turn down a chance to honor such a talked-about, tour-de-force performance from a recent Oscar winner. 

On second thought ... Bryan Cranston's submission episode is "Ozymandias," also known as the one in which Walter is forced out of his home at knifepoint and the one with the phone call between him and Skyler. It felt like Cranston's entire career-defining Breaking Bad performance had been building to this memorable episode, and he nailed it.    

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 
Claire Danes, Homeland 
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife 
Kerry Washington, Scandal 
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Two-time winner Claire Danes doesn't have as much momentum going into this year's show; Homeland's third season isn't even nominated for Drama Series. So we're going with The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, a former winner who had a standout year on a show that got plenty of headlines this season for a shocking death. 

On second thought ... If the Emmys want to honor Masters of Sex (and judging by its snub in the Drama Series category, it's not clear they do), they'd give this one to its star Lizzy Caplan, who sparkles as sex researcher Virginia Johnson.

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