The Remote: 2013 Emmys could be a night of surprises

Ryan Pait

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it until I die: awards season in Hollywood is my sports season.

The Emmys take place this Sunday, and I’m beyond excited.

While the results are always interesting, here are a few things to watch for during this Sunday’s ceremony.

“Modern Family” may get shut out

“Modern Family” has won the Best Comedy Series award three years in a row.

It’s deserved the honor maybe two of those times, and it definitely doesn’t deserve it this year.

Critical reaction to the show’s most recent season indicates fatigue, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

So what could take the top prize?

“Girls,” “Louie” and “Veep” are buzzy, but they could end up splitting votes.

“The Big Bang Theory” is too broad and not taken seriously enough to win.

If “Modern Family” doesn’t scoop it, my money’s on “30 Rock,” a previous winner that ended its final season on a creative and comedic high note.

Julie Bowen and Jane Krakowski go head-to-head for Comedy Supporting Actress

Julie Bowen has won in this category for two years running for “Modern Family.”

I won’t deny that Bowen is usually one of the funniest parts of the uneven mess that “Modern Family” has turned into recently.

But Bowen faces stiff competition this year from Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock.”

Krakowski’s been nominated in the past for her role as the crazed Jenna Maroney, and her performance in the show’s final season may just earn her the award this year.

An upset by Krakowski would definitely be more interesting than Bowen winning again.

“Breaking Bad” will win Best Drama

And why shouldn’t it? “Breaking Bad” is one of the best shows on television right now, and it’s probably one of the best ever.

That’s no exaggeration.

The show has insurmountable buzz right now, and the timing also feels right. “Breaking Bad” is in its final stretch of episodes and is at a creative high point.

All of this could amount to “Breaking Bad” finally taking home the Best Drama Series award this year.

Kerry Washington could upset Claire Danes for Best Drama Actress — and make history

Danes’s portrayal of bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison is, without a doubt, one of the strongest elements of “Homeland.”

Even when the show gets bogged down in its own craziness, Danes rises above.

Danes also won this award last year, giving her a leg up for this year.

But first-time nominee Kerry Washington could shake things up.

Washington is nominated for the primetime soap “Scandal,” and many experts are predicting that she’s Danes’ biggest competition.

If Washington wins, she’ll also make Emmy history: she’ll be the first African-American woman to win in this category.

“Behind the Candelabra” will scoop even more awards

HBO’s buzzy Liberace drama had a terrific showing at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony: it picked up seven technical awards.

And it’ll ride that high into Sunday’s awards ceremony.

“Behind the Candelabra” will win for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, and either Michael Douglas or Matt Damon will win for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.

I’d be willing to bet one of Liberace’s famous sequined get-ups on it.

Elisabeth Moss faces the veterans for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

This is a pretty stacked category this year, with big stars like Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren and Sigourney Weaver scoring nominations.

But they may just lose out to Elisabeth Moss for her mold-breaking performance in “Top of the Lake.”

Moss’s strongest competitor is Lange, who is nominated for “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Lange took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for “American Horror Story: Murder House” last year.

But if anyone can pull off the upset, it’s Moss.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 at 7p.m. on CBS. Check back on Tuesday to see my thoughts on Sunday’s results.