We'll find out on Sunday (Sept. 18) when the Emmys air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on FOX. We have some ideas of our own, though, on how the awards will play out -- and, in our ideal world, how they ought to go. Read on for our predictions, and let us know your own picks in the comments.
Will win: Margo Martindale. Martindale's performance as tough hillbilly Mags on "Justified" was a tour-de-force, and she'll win the hardware. She's a first-time nominee, but has been around Hollywood a long time and we think the Emmys will finally give her some recognition. (Though I won't be mad if Michelle Forbes takes it).
Should win: Michelle Forbes. In truth, Martindale also "should" win, but I wanted to give Forbes a mention because frankly, I can't really choose between the two of them. "The Killing" was a little uneven, but there were some outstanding performances within it. Forbes absolutely killed us every time she was on scene as the mother of slain teenager Rosie Larsen.
-- Andrea Reiher
Outstanding supporting actor - drama
Will win: Peter Dinklage. This is perhaps the most wide-open category of the night. Every man nominated is worthy, with maybe the exception of Josh Charles of "The Good Wife," who is just slightly behind the other nominees. But if I have to choose, Dinklage gets the nod. "Game of Thrones" is very much an ensemble piece, and not only did Dinklage manage to stand out both dramatically and comedically among the huge and very talented cast, but it would also be a nice way to acknowledge the show, especially in light of Sean Bean's best actor snub.
Should win: Dinklage. Walton Goggins was also incredible on "Justified," but that show's award will probably go to Margo Martindale. This is the one that goes to "Game of Thrones."
-- Andrea Reiher
Outstanding supporting actress - comedy
Will win: With the "Modern Family" vote split two ways and established track record of hosts rarely taking home awards themselves (sorry, Jane Lynch), expect Hollywood's eternal crush on Betty White to bring it home for her bumped-from-guest-star-status performance on "Hot in Cleveland." Emmy voters are more likely to stab a puppy than not tick a box beside White's name.
Should win: Zap2it joins Alec Baldwin in his extreme displeasure that Jane Krakowski still hasn't brought home a win for playing Jenna Maroney. Sure, it's a shtick. But it's one that has "30 Rock" still feeling fresh as it heads into Season 6.
-- Mikey O'Connell
Outstanding supporting actor - comedy
Will win: Eric Stonestreet. In a field dominated by "Modern Family" cast members (they all submitted in the supporting category), Stonestreet (who also won last year) stands out for his work as Cameron Tucker. His performance in the episode where he takes over as director of the elementary school play is a crowning achievement.
Should win: Stonestreet. As much as I love Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Stonestreet is just a notch above. His deftness at playing the butt of the joke beats out Ferguson's ability to play the straight man (comically speaking).
-- David Eckstein
Outstanding lead actress - drama