Which way will the Emmys break this year?


It’s Emmy Awards time again — a time when TV people get all dressed up and celebrate their “art” while conveniently forgetting this is the same medium that so cruelly subjected us to “Smash” and Season 2 of “Revenge.”

Neil Patrick Harris will be returning as the host and produce the awards ceremony. He will also host the Tony Awards on June 9.

Predicting who the voters will honor is always a tough call. Just when you think they’re stuck in a major rut (“The Amazing Race” again?), they surprise you and bestow their love on a fresh face or two.

Outstanding drama series

• “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

• “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

• “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

• “Homeland” (Showtime)

• “House of Cards” (Netflix)

• “Mad Men” (AMC).

Lead actor, drama

• Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey”)

• Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)

• Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom,” HBO)

• Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)

• Damian Lewis (“Homeland”)

• Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Lead actress, drama

• Claire Danes (“Homeland”)

• Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” A&E)

• Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”)

• Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

• Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”)

• Connie Britton (“Nashville,” ABC)

• Kerry Washington (“Scandal,” ABC).

Outstanding comedy series

The nominees:

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS); “Girls” (HBO); “Louie” (FX); “Modern Family” (ABC); “30 Rock” (NBC); “Veep” (HBO).

Lead actress, comedy

• Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)

• Laura Dern (“Enlightened,” HBO)

• Lena Dunham (“Girls”)

• Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” Showtime)

• Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

• Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”).

Lead actor, comedy

• Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)

• Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development,” Netflix)

• Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

• Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes,” Showtime)

• Louis C.K. (“Louie”)

• Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Showtime)

Miniseries or movie

•“American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX)

• “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)

• “The Bible” (History Channel)

• “Phil Spector” (HBO)

• “Political Animals” (USA)

• “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel).

65TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

8 p.m. EDT Sunday

CBS