2010 Emmy Predictions/Hopes
With the 2010 Primetime Emmy nominations kicking into high gear today (the final ballots to narrow the list down to six contenders per category goes into effect), here is who I think could/should/might be nominated. Now, personally, I believe that some of these categories are wrong – Terry O’Quinn is a lead actor, but someone somewhere decided that he should enter the supporting category. So I stuck with that. Let me know what you think. Who am I missing? Who doesn’t deserve to be here?
Outstanding Drama Series
LOST – This was the final season of the much-beloved show, and even though it was part science fiction (which means it gets no awards love), Emmy voters could very easily go The Lord of the Rings here and award it for the entire run instead of just this season. Either way, it is deserving. My favorite TV program ever.
Treme – The slow-burn of this series is exactly why it deserves a spot on the list. The cast is amazing and the storylines are compelling. It reminds me of The Wire (it should; it’s from the same team), but hopefully it can avoid that show’s dismal showing awards-wise.
Mad Men– I don’t watch it, but Kateria says it’s great and they have momentum, coming off a win last year.
The Good Wife – The freshman drama is, quite simply put, a class act. Very well-made TV.
True Blood – The second season of this wildly addictive drama came so close to boiling over the top and making a huge mess – but always pulled back just in time. That’s talent.
Fringe – Fringe isquite possibly the smartest show on TV right now. They, too, though are science fiction, so don’t get your hopes up for any recognition. Put on Thursday nights at 9, they were basically led to slaughter, but have somehow managed to pull in respectable numbers, giving FOX their highest-rated regular program in the timeslot. That, plus the intricate storytelling and fine acting suggests there’s a slight chance, so I will hold on to it!
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife – The only reason she wouldn’t get a nomination would be if they cancelled the awards. She’s a shoo-in.
Glenn Close, Damages – She’s Glenn Close. Plus, her Patty Hewes is one of the most multi-layered characters on TV today.
Anna Paquin, True Blood – At one point, Sookie was going the way of Meredith Grey and becoming the least interesting character on her own show, but last season Paquin stepped it up and reminded us why she has an Oscar on her mantle.
Regina King, Southland – Long overlooked as one of the best working actresses today, Southland has given King a chance to shine. Her layered performance of Detective Lydia Brown is the kind of role that invades actors’ dreams.
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer – No one plays fidgety better. Part syrupy sweet lady from the south, part hard-as-nails cop, she’s a winner.
January Jones, Mad Men – I still don’t watch it, but her name is falling on everyone else’s list, so… here she is. No offense.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Michael C. Hall, Dexter – Dexter is not my favorite show, but a good one. Hall plays his role with equal doses of humor, menace and humility.
Matthew Fox, LOST – I always thought he was one of the weaker cast members, but in the final season, Fox’ Jack Shepard’s character came full-circle, from Man of Science to Man of Faith.
Keifer Sutherland, 24 – It was an uneven season for 24, but with this being the last, voters could easily throw Sutherland a bone. If they do, it’s fair and I support it.
Jon Hamm, Mad Men – Sorry, Kateria. I can’t speak on him. The fact that I’m including this show on the list, yet never have seen it speaks volumes. I am aware.
Timothy Olyphant, Justified – The new kid on the block, TV-wise, Olyphant takes yet another basic cable cop show and turns out a great performance. I would want him on my side in a fight.
Wendell Pierce, Treme – When the producers of The Wire started developing their new show, Treme, for HBO, they immediately dug into their old bag of tricks – and pulled out Pierce. Smart move. He plays the hell out of that role.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Probably the hardest category of all… there are so many deserving ones here who didn’t make the cut. I’d like to make a special acknowledgement of Oh and Wilson, from Grey’s Anatomy, both of whom have been nominated every season the show has been on the air. Neither has won. I’m guessing they cancel each other out. A shame. A tied win would be acceptable at this point.
Khandi Alexander, Treme – A very underplayed role for Ms. Alexander continues an exemplary career with the exception of CSI: Miami, but who’s mad that she wanted to get paid? Now, she’s back to acting.
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife – One of the reasons The Good Wife has steadily climbed in the ratings, fan favorite Kalinda does whatever she wants whenever she wants. Who doesn’t want to be her? Or at least hang out with her?
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love – I’m going with the theory that if you’re second wife, you become supporting. Sevigny’s Nicki is complicated, having been married off at thirteen and giving birth soon thereafter. As the season progressed, she saw herself in that daughter (who had been living with the father and his other wives) and tried desperately to save her from traveling down the same road. Her scenes were breath-taking.
Yunjin Kim, LOST – She is still deserving for that helicopter scene back in season 4. Her two season-long quest to find Jin was heartbreaking, but the final scenes with them on the sinking submarine were almost spirit-breaking.
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy – If for no other reason that the scene in the season finale when the crazed gunman pulled her from under the bed and aimed a gun at her, asking if she was a surgeon, Wilson earned this award. We wouldn’t have had that collective pit in our stomachs had the role of Dr. Miranda Bailey wasn’t the soul of the show. And that is due to Wilson.
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy – Oh can convey more with a slight facial expression than most actors can with their entire bodies. She is a pro. And should be getting Oscar nominations as well. I’m just saying.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
John Noble, Fringe – Noble’s strong performance as Walter and his “over there” version, the Walternate, has captured the attention of critics everywhere. Giving us bumbling professor/scientist who had pieces of his brain removed in one scene and then vengeful leader of a police state in the next. He went from great to brilliant this season.
Michael Emerson, LOST – As always, LOST’s Man of Mystery kept us on our toes this season. Was he going to end up being good after all? Was he just as evil as Smokey? Who the hell is Ben Linus? Emerson, as always, elevated any scene he was in and that’s a strong statement for a show with as talented a cast as LOST.
Terry O’Quinn, LOST – He is clearly a leading actor, but he’s on the list as supporting so I will leave it at that. Even dead, he commanded the screen all season long as he portrayed LOST’s smoke monster/physical embodiment of evil with such fervor that he goes down in history as one of the all-time great TV characters.
John Goodman, Treme – His railing against the government in the trailer for Treme is what made me turn the show on in the first place. Great performance.
Josh Holloway, LOST – Honestly, season 5 was more the Season of Sawyer, but with Juliette’s death, Holloway was given – and played – the material that Emmy reels are made of.
Chris Noth, The Good Wife – He may be Mr. Big, but Noth has quickly gotten plenty of new fans playing Peter Florrick, the cheating politician who’s scandal started the whole series.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The New Adventures of Old Christine – It was cancelled, but dammit, this show is hilarious. I mean, laugh-out-loud, pause-the-TV-so-you-can-wipe-your-eyes-and-catch-your-breath, send-a-tweet-and-text-your-friends-so-others-can-get-in-on-it, funny.
Modern Family – I am not impressed, but everyone else in America is. This isn’t a Mad Men situation; I watched 3 episodes. And hated them all. BUT… it’s hard to ignore the buzz.
Glee – At first I mocked it – TV has long tried to come up with a musical that worked. They all failed. And I said I told you so. So when FOX announced last spring that they had come up with a High School Musical-esque show to come on after American Idol, I laughed. But, it drew me – and 15 million or so others – in and we stayed. It’s smart, well-acted, well-sung (most of the time), well-choreographed show.
30 Rock – They never miss; it’s always firing on all cylinders. Besides, who doesn’t love a Tina Fey acceptance speech?
The Big Bang Theory – Season 3 brought millions of new viewers, even more critical acclaim and the lead-off spot in CBS’ new Thursday night next year. Somebody’s doing something right.
Nurse Jackie – The darkest comedy out there (well, maybe Weeds fills that role, but their last season wasn’t their best) should pick up a nomination despite the inexplicable dumping of fan favorite Mo-Mo. It’s a very, very good show.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lea Michele, Glee – A phenomenal singer, Michele gets a lot of screen time. And that’s not a bad thing. We love the neurotic, self-obsessed, Tracy Flick-like teenager and cannot wait to see what she does next.
Courtney Cox, Cougar Town – Long overlooked as Friends’ Monica, it’s time that Cox gets a nomination. And, honestly, an award. People flocked to this show based on her star power and you have all seen the ratings.
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie – I root for a drug addict. That is all.
Toni Collette, United States of Tara – She plays 349 characters. It’s work. She’s a great actress. I’m not mad.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine – No one plays clueless better. Not even Suzanne Summers at the height of Three’s Company. I hated Seinfeld, but Louis-Dreyfus created a character that I love, adore, would hang out with whenever she wants. I’ll bring the wine.
Tina Fey, 30 Rock – She is one of the funniest women ever born. At least one of the funniest who have managed to get cast on a TV show, get promoted and then get to create her own TV show and cast herself in the lead. Which was a smart thing to do. Because, again, she’s one of the funniest women ever born.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Matthew Morrison, Glee – He keeps the kids in line and Glee is sure to pick up nominations. He’s the lead. Go.
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock – Ha! Like he wouldn’t be listed. Go ahead and give him the award.
Steve Carell, The Office – I don’t get it. But others do. He’s here because his name is Steve Carell. Apparently that carries weight.
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory – Watch the show; you’ll understand.
David Duchovny, Californication – He does horny so well.
Tony Shalhoub, Monk – Not a fan, but he’s won 3 Emmys already for the role. He’ll be on the list again this year.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee – Indelible. That’s the best way to describe Sue Sylvester. Lynch, a veteran character actress, has played a billion and one people in her lifetime, but here she finds her career-defining role. She could SO play Wile E. Coyote in a live-action version of the cartoon.
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty – Go ahead and give her the damn Emmy already. She’s Wilhelmina Slater.
Busy Phillips, Cougar Town – She’s loud and brash and funny. I’m not that big a fan of the show, but I do like Phillips’ character. She would probably bring her own wine to that party I’m having with Old Christine.
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie – She so goofy. Which works in this dark and twisty comedy. We need her silliness. Give us more! And while you’re at it, I could handle more of Anna Deveare Smith’s hospital administrator as well!)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock – We forget how great the supporting cast on 30 Rock is. Krakowski plays the neurotic diva perfectly.
Amber Riley, Glee – Someone from Glee’s massive supporting cast (besides Jane Lynch) might make the list and I’m betting on Riley. Her Mercedes has a big voice, but a strong storyline, as she joins the Cheerios and tries to lose weight, as she dates Puck, the troublemaker and as she sang her heart out (Bust Your Windows) when she thought she was in love with the gay guy.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Michael Urie, Ugly Betty – SO underrated. Urie’s Marc St. James could have easily have had a spin-off with Becki Newton’s Amanda Tanen. And we would have watched. His performances as he helped Betty’s teenage nephew feel comfortable with coming out of the closet were spectacular. The supporting cast on this show was amazing. Urie is long overdue.
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother – He is everyone’s go-to when it comes to hosting awards shows. Now, give him his own. Award that is, not awards show.
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock – It’s hard playing someone that stupid.
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock – Yes, it is.
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family – Still, hate the show. But, he’s the closest thing to a bright spot. They’ll all get nominations. My feeling is that he’s got the best chance at a win.
Chris Colfer, Glee – Colfer’s Kurt slowly came out of the closet and then quickly embraced his long-held-back gayness. And we’re better for it. Does anyone shoot off one-liners like this guy?