(CNN) — The Primetime Emmy Awards are tonight, and as the star-studded event nears, we take a look at who could be the big winners and losers.
The stakes are high for nominees hoping to turn an Emmy win into ratings gold.
But ratings aren’t a concern for HBO’s show about death and dragons, “Game of Thrones.” It earned the most nominations of any show this year with 19, but it’s facing some tough competition in the best drama category.
Many experts are saying “Breaking Bad’s” final season makes it the favorite.
Leading man Bryan Cranston is nominated for best actor in a drama, but he could lose out to the man who just won a best actor Oscar.
As the star of HBO’s “True Detective,” Matthew McConaughey would have to beat out not just Cranston, but a star studded list including his co-star Woody Harrelson and “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, who has been nominated seven times and has never won.
“Modern Family” goes into Emmy night on a four-year winning streak in the best comedy category. The biggest obstacle to a record breaking fifth Emmy — newcomer “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix.
And if there was a theme this year, it might be how the television academy has recognized so few shows from the networks that used to be in control.
“Remember the good old days of CBS, ABC, NBC, even Fox?,” said Pete Hammond of Deadline. “Where are they in these Emmys? Really, they’ve been just overwhelmed.”
The best chances for a network win in the drama and comedy categories might be in the lead actress in a drama category where “The Good Wife’s” Julianna Margulies is seen as one of the favorites.
All of the drama and comedy will play out Monday on television’s biggest night.