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Our 2014 Emmy Predictions for Actor and Actress in a Drama (AKA Why Bryan Cranston Won't Win and We Will Cry All the Tears)

Bryan Cranston, Matthew McConaughey, Emmy Predictions HBO, AMC

The Emmys are exactly one week away! Yes, dear friends, they take place on a school night this year. So just in case you aren't sure you can stay up past bedtime, we went ahead and checked our crystal ball to see exactly who's going to win. See how much time and effort we save you?!

Every day this week, we'll be rolling out a different chunk of categories.

Up first? Drama actor, actress and supporting actor and actress.

See if you agree with our picks...

ACTOR IN A DRAMA

THE CONTENDERS: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (won last year); Matthew McConaughey, True Detective; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards; Woody Harrelson, True Detective

WHO SHOULD WIN: Bryan Cranston

Not only do we have indisuptable proof that Breaking Bad was the best series finale in the history of television—no seriously, you told us that!—but Cranston is arguably the best actor ever to grace the small screen. If he wins this year, it will be his fourth win in a row. And  you know what? He deserves that! No one else made us feel as many intense emotions as Bryan Cranston's Walter White this past TV season, so the trophy should be his, to take to his grave. RIP, Walt. Thanks for the memories. And the emotional gut-punches.

WHO WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright. (Why does that never get old?) As much as Cranston's kick-assery is undeniable, we also can't deny the fact that Matthew McConaughey is a huge movie star who did one singular year of TV (which deserves to be honored), and his role on True Detective was pretty much an Emmy reel, front to finish. We get it, Matthew, you CAN ACT! Also, he just won the Oscar earlier this year for Dallas Buyers Club, and surely the Emmy voters would love the attention that would come with having Matthew McConaughey up on that stage, collecting his very first Emmy. True Detective also just won the Casting category, so if there's anyone that even Walter White can't take out, it's this guy.

The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies CBS

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

THE CONTENDERS: Claire Danes, Homeland; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Robin Wright, House of Cards; Kerry Washington, Scandal; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex

WHO SHOULD WIN AND WHO WILL WIN: Julianna Margulies

Our fingers have a hard time even working when trying to type out words about the PTSD we are stilll experiencing over the death of [Spoiler Alert…But seriously, do you still not know?] on The Good Wife. Julianna's flawless, even, multi-layered portrayal of Alicia was shockingly shut out of the running last year altogether, and chance are, Emmy voters will right that wrong with a category win. It was The Good Wife's best season yet, and Julianna's best work yet, and she must be recognized. Even if she is on (gasp!) network TV.

Aaron Paul, Josh Charles, Emmy Predictions AMC; CBS

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

The Contenders: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey; Jon Voight, Ray Donovan; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

WHO SHOULD WIN: Josh Charles

Honestly, the guy should win just for keeping the best-kept secret ever in the history of TV spoilers: That his character would, well, you-know-what on The Good Wife. (Seriously, does anyone still not know?!) You might think we're being overly sentimental to put his name in here that he deserves to win, because it's his last chance ever, and because Alicia and Will will never (sob!) get the happy ending they deserve, and well...You'd probably be right. Still, no one is better (or sexier) clearing someone's desk in a fit of rage, and no one evoked more emotions in TV fans this season than one Mr. Josh Charles. So we would love to see him take the stage.

WHO WILL WIN: Aaron Paul

There's a reason he went from being a short-lived guest star to the guy who literally defined what Breaking Bad was ultimately all about (the relationship between his character and Walter White): Aaron Paul is an insanely good actor. All gushing about Josh Charles aside (it's just...that moment when we saw his shoe!), Aaron Paul deserves one final award for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman and chances are, he will get it.

Anna Gunn, Emmy Predictions AMC

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

THE CONTENDERS: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Joanne Froggart, Downton Abbey; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

WHO WILL WIN AND WHO SHOULD WIN: Anna Gunn

Anna won her first Emmy last year and she's like to do it again, given that it's Breaking Bad's swan song, and there aren't any bright, new shiny contenders to bump her out of the mix. Plus, her epic final phone conversation with Walter White can't ever be etched out of our memories. So heartbreaking! Next year, Christine Baranski should win, since she never has for The Good Wife. But we'll start bitching and moaning about that then, and celebrate the awesomeness that is Anna Gunn now.

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