Mike’s Prattle

Miscellaneous

My Emmy Picks

Posted by Mike on July 8, 2010

Here’s who I think should win in categories I feel comfortable enough to evaluate and perhaps a few more.

DRAMA
OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Lost
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Mad Men
True Blood
The Good Wife

On this list the only one I’m not familiar with is The Good Wife. But still the vote would still likely go to Breaking Bad, still the best show on television. Mad Men would likely be the second and Dexter was pretty terrific this year as well. But none of these shows put it all together like Breaking Bad which excels in acting, directing, and production. It just seems like few other programs are willing to deal with the consequences of the plotting as unflinchingly. And there were at least 3 or 4 iconic scenes as well.

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay (Special Victims Unit)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)

I’m only familiar with Close, Jones and Britton on this list. I think Britton might have deserved the Emmy in this category for the third year running, so it’s great to finally see her nominated. Definitely a well rounded character in a marriage that strikes me as one of the most balanced on television.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Matthew Fox (Lost)

Am familiar with the whole group here, most of which are perennials this year. The safe bet could go to Cranston (enthroned two years running) or Hamm, but again I’m pretty thrilled to see Chandler in this group, particularly as he’s been at his best in the last season, which has really been the best one since the first. Cranston’s always great, although since I’m not sure he’s developed a lot of new moves in the last season and has won it two years running I’d have to go with Chandler. I’ve got to admit to laughing to see Fox on this list as he don’t think he’s remotely in the same class as the rest of these actors, even if Lost’s last season was his best work. Hugh Laurie’s pretty close to the top for me though, particularly in last season’s opening two hour episode where they finally shook it up some, and in the season finale where he dealt with an amputation decision for someone trapped in an accident. But six seasons running he doesn’t feel particulary exciting to root for.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Martin Short (Damages)
Terry O’ Quinn (Lost)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)

I picked Aaron Paul last year and would do it again this year, he’s as much of a reason for why Breaking Bad is so great as is the rest of the cast. The scene where he lashes out at Cranston’s character in the hospital after nearly getting beat to death is Exhibit A. Anyway I’m familiar with all of these other than Braugher in Men of a Certain Age. Most of the rest of these don’t seem to have developed a great deal in previous seasons of their shows.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Of these I know Hendricks, Byrne and Moss. Of those three I’d go with Moss for her character arc in the last Mad Men season. Byrne’s always pretty good too, but seemed to take a bit more of a back seat in the last season.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Ted Danson (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)
Alan Cumming ( The Good Wife)
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Gregory Itzin (24)

I know Danson, Lithgow, Morse and Itzin in this group and would easily go with Lithgow who was a great deal of the reason I thought Dexter was at its best last year, playing both family man and serial killer. He was absolutely terrific in the role and was as much supporting actor as guest actor.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
Lily Tomlin (Damages)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)

Both Big Love candidates I missed when HBO’s On Demand servie mysteriously left episode 4 out of their line up. Finding the series a bit depressing anyway I wasn’t terribly motivated to continue. So that leaves Tomlin and Mitchell, the latter barely showing up in the final season and not wowing at all in V. So not sure in this one, I’d have to remember a lot of stuff last year to make a choice outside the list.

COMEDY
OUTSTANDING COMEDY
Glee
Modern Family
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
The Office

Modern Family easily. I couldn’t be corralled into a musical like Glee if you paid me and I dropped both Nurse Jackie and 30 Rock a while back. CYE was a close second with the Seinfeld reunion, but even with that type of fuel it wasn’t as good as the previous year. On the other hand MF is relevant and funny with a great cast across the board. I have to admit I thought it sank a bit in the second half of the season, but I expect it will recover. Amazing to see a show succeed so well while being so subtle.

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lea Michele (Glee)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

I think most of my favorites ended up in the supporting actress category so even though I know all of these other than Glee, I’m hard pressed to pick between them. Probably Collette given the greater range on display.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)

Parsons always, even in what was Big Bang’s weakest year to date. Let’s hope the judges are over Baldwin already.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Very strong line up on this one, I could be happy with Harris, Stonestreet or Burrell in this category, although I’d personally give the nudge to Stonestreet who is comedy gold every episode. However, I still don’t get Cryer’s inclusion at all, just such a limited role and an irritating one at that. Amazing that Ed O’Neill missed the cut, but then he’d have been the 4th MF pick.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men)

Also very strong, at a nudge I’d give it to Vergara who plays Ed O’Neill’s character’s wife without the portrayal ending up being bimbo-like, which such a character easily could have sank to. Bowen’s been great too (especially when she got her dress caught in an escalator one ep). But Holland Taylor? Really?

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
Fred Willard (Modern Family)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
Will Arnett (30 Rock)

Whew, most of these I don’t remember or haven’t seen, although I can imagine Harris is probably entertaining anywhere. Fred Willard had a pretty solid guest spot in MF though.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Betty White (Saturday Night Live)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men)

You can almost see Betty White getting the go ahead on this one. Baranski as Leonard’s mother is pretty much always a riot when she shows up, so that would be my pick.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: