Staff picks for the Emmy Awards

With Sunday's upcoming Emmy Awards, our staff looked at the potential winners in six categories to bring you Emmy predictions.

Drama series:
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Homeland, Showtime
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
Mad Men, AMC
Kelcie: If "House of Cards" does not win this category, I'll probably throw something at the TV. Netflix's new format of TV shows, which allowed me to binge-watch "House of Cards" over a period of about a week, is to be lauded. It's going to completely revolutionize television.
Christian: It's a tough category but I've got to give it to "House of Cards." The show is an amazing mix of politics, journalism and intrigue that has me glued to my laptop.
Pat: Everyone knows AMC has the best shows on TV these days, and the emotional pick here is "Breaking Bad" as it fades off into a crystal meth cloud of dust.


Lead actor in a drama series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix
Kelcie: Kevin. Spacey. Can you tell I like "House of Cards"? He is absolutely ruthless in this show. Totally cold and calculating. So much so that former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., wrote an op-ed saying that the inner workings of Congress are in no way similar to Spacey's performance.
Christian: I have to agree with Kelcie; Kevin Spacey is taking home the golden statue. Spacey's performance as an egotistical and powerful politician was phenomenal and made everyone on the set step up their game.
Pat: I nearly collided with Kevin Spacey in a stairwell at a recent Orioles game, and he didn't seem like it was his fault. So karma will bite him, and Bryan Cranston walks away with the Emmy.

Lead actress in a drama series:
Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix
Kelcie: I am almost positive Claire Danes will win for "Homeland," but I'm really rooting for Connie Britton in "Nashville." She is a powerhouse as Rayna James, a country-star mom with a dramatic past that just keeps following her. And she has an amazing voice.
Christian: Claire Danes will defend her Emmy title this year. Her portrayal of a bipolar CIA agent is pretty amazing and has already been recognized with numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Pat: I just assumed Claire Danes was up for "My So-Called Life," but I guess that's been off the air for a while. Let's go by looks, and give it to the always fetching Kerry Washington.


Comedy series:
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Girls, HBO
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
Veep, HBO
Kelcie: I think "Girls" is going to take it home this year. Lena Dunham has a way of writing that makes people uncomfortable but still gets a laugh out of them.
Christian: Without question it should be "Louie." The writing is brilliant, the performances are hysterical and the show is tackling important subjects like fatherhood, sex, race and relationships without being predictable or hokey.
Pat: The only one of these shows I watched regularly is "30 Rock," so I root for Liz Lemon to finally get what she wants - the Emmy, and a new season of "TGS With Tracy Jordan."

Lead actor in a comedy series
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
Kelcie: Alec Baldwin will probably take this one home. In the past, "30 Rock" has been an awards darling, and with its last season, I can't imagine it not winning in at least a few categories.
Christian: Louis C.K. playing a divorced, father-of-two stand-up comic is pure joy.
Pat: Jim Parsons won this award in 2010, and "The Big Bang Theory" is still relevant as far as I know. Plus Kaley Cuoco is on that show, which is a plus.

Lead actress in a comedy series
Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO
Tina Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Kelcie: "Veep"! Did you know "Veep" filmed in Sykesville's Warfield Complex in January for the second season? This show makes me laugh out loud every single episode. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' profanity-laden temper tantrums are too hilarious to resist.
Christian: I can't see anyone else but Tina Fey winning this. Liz Lemon might be one of the best female leads ever in a comedy series. With "30 Rock" coming to an end, she's sure to win.
Pat: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler used to tag-team the Weekend Update skit on "Saturday Night Live," so let's spread the Emmy wealth and give this one to Miss Amy.