Two pop culture addicts' snarky musings…

It’s that time again! Time for Emmy predictions and ranting and all of that entertainment deliciousness. All right, here we go… (List of nominees copied from ew.com)

*I typed this up before the Creative Emmy’s yesterday. In instances where the winner has already been decided, I have place five red asterisks next to the winner.

DRAMA
OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Should win: Dexter – Dexter had a spectacular year with an incredible performance by Michael C. Hall and a shocking, but brilliant performance by John Lithgow. Dexter’s writers are fearless and the ensemble cast all brought their A-game this past season.

Will win: Lost – For obvious reasons, this is the Odds-on favorite, and while it may not be the most deserving, it’s heading toward the land of Peter Jacksondom where it will win just because it’s the last season and blah blah blah. Or they could really surprise everyone and give it to Mad Men because they never win ANYTHING…gag.

Lost
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Mad Men
True Blood
The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Should win: Julianna Marguiles – Just watch The Good Wife and you will completely understand. I have loved her since she was on ER and she deserves every accolade that comes her way.

Will win: Glenn Close – Though I think sometimes Emmy voters avoid the Golden Globe pick out of spite, I think the bitterness of critic’s darling Damages getting canceled might trump that this year and Glenn will win this Emmy again.
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)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Should win: Michael C. Hall – Again, spectacular season on Dexter. No one could play this character with the nuance and subtlety Michael does. This trophy should be his.

Will win: Bryan Cranston – I may be throwing things at the television if this happens again…you were warned.
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)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Should win: I actually don’t know. I know Terry O’Quinn was always amazing on Lost and Michael Emerson deserves his due, but I don’t watch any of these shows anymore.

Will win: Terry O’Quinn – See above.
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)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Should win: Sharon Gless – Ok, this is sort of selfish because she never got nominated while she was on Queer as Folk, but I don’t watch any of these shows enough to make an educated guess.

Will win: See above.
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)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Should win: John Lithgow – While Beau Bridges was amazing on The Closer and you can never go wrong with Alan Cumming, this just IS John Lithgow’s award this year. This should be his and if the Emmy voters have any sense it will be.

Will win: John Lithgow – I think I may actually get this one.
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)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Should win: Elizabeth Mitchell – To be honest, Lost is the only one of these I actually watched the episode of, but she was easily the most talented actress on that show so I wouldn’t be shocked or upset if she walked away with this one.

Will win: Ann-Margret – She’s Ann-Margret.
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)


COMEDY
OUTSTANDING COMEDY

Should win: Modern Family – Pure comic genius. They owned the acting nominations this year with good reason. I’ve seen every episode like six times and they never get any less funny. Plus, Eric Stonestreet is love.

Will win: Glee – I just have this feeling they’re going to cave to the public. I watch Glee religiously, so don’t misunderstand my disappoint. I just think Modern Family is more deserving. Either that or 30 Rock will get the stupid thing yet again. Sigh…
Glee
Modern Family
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
The Office

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Should win: Tony Collette – Just watch the show and you’ll understand.

Will win: Edie Falco – Tony may get this one, but it will probably end up being Edie. If Lea Michele wins, I may throw up.
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)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Should win: Tony Shalhoub – Mostly because this is Monk’s last hurrah and he may never get such a perfect character again. Plus, I just don’t think Matthew and Steve did enough to have earned this.

Will win: Frickin’ Alec Baldwin…
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)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Should win: Chris Colfer or Eric Stonestreet – I can’t choose between these two. Of all the actors on Glee, I think Chris and Jane are the only two who put in Emmy worthy performances. Kurt is the rainbow to Lea Michele’s cloud of over-hyped Rachel. And Eric’s scenes are always my favorite each week on Modern Family. See his rant about Meryl Streep for a perfect example, and then follow it up with his Lion King presentation of Lily to the rest of the family in the pilot.

Will win: Neil Patrick Harris – Does anyone else think it was suspicious that he was a last minute addition? Not that he isn’t a genius, but give someone else a chance.
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)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Should win: Jane Lynch – Duh, just duh.

Will win: Jane Lynch – See above.
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)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Should win: Mike O’Malley – He has done nothing but impress me whenever he has scenes on Glee. He practically had me in tears when he kicked Finn out. He’s come a long way from hosting Gutz, that’s for sure.

Will win: Neil Patrick Harris – I wouldn’t be that upset if he wins this one. He was pretty awesome.
Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)*****
Fred Willard (Modern Family)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
Will Arnett (30 Rock)

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Should win: Kristin Chenoweth – She is such a ray of sunshine on anything, but on Glee she was a little ball of Broadway fire. The woman can sing anything and what’s more, she has mastered the art of playing slightly crazy but lovable female characters (see Olive on Pushing Daisies). It’s a long shot, but it should still be hers

Will win: Betty White – This seems to be the year that keeps on giving for Betty White and nobody is going to begrudge her an Emmy win. I just wish it didn’t feel like it was so much by default.
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)

REALITY
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST

Should Win: None of them, and I say that with affection…

Will win: Jeff Probst – Does anybody even remember who won this award before he started his streak?
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway)
Jeff Probst (Survivor)*****

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

Should win: Project Runway – They had the most solid set of designers I think they’ve ever had this past season and the challenges certainly kept me interested. Though one of their less explosive seasons, it still deserves a win here.

Win win: Amazing Race – Not sure why I feel like this one will take it, but I just can’t see Idol taking it home after their lackluster year.
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
American Idol

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

Should win: Mythbusters – Adam and Jamie are due for an Emmy win. The crime is that they’ve only been nominated twice. The myths only get bigger and more ridiculous, but they also get more entertaining and that’s what TV is supposed to be about, right?

Will win: Dirty Jobs – I feel like this just might be Mike Rowe’s year. And why wasn’t he nominated for host? The bastards…
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution *****
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Mythbusters
Undercover Boss

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

Should win: Real Time With Bill Maher – Give the man his damn Emmy already! I love The Daily Show and there isn’t any doubt it is a deserving winner, but it’s time to pass the gauntlet.

Will win: The Daily Show – Just duh.
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

MINISERIES OR MOVIE
MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Should win: The Pacific – World War II epic produced by Tom Hanks. Another duh.

Will win: See above.
The Pacific (HBO)
Return to Cranford (PBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE

Should win: Temple Grandin – I’m glad Claire Danes has finally returned from the dead. She played this part with remarkable reverence and impressive precision. And the supporting cast of Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn are certainly no minor parts to the films successful execution.

Will win: You Don’t Know Jack – Probably because it’s Pacino and its controversial. Maybe they’ll surprise me.


Endgame (PBS)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (History)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Should win: I haven’t seen enough of any of these to really take a guess. My only comment is where the hell is Jeremy Irons’ nomination?

Will win: Al Pacino – See above.

The Prisoner: Ian McKellen (AMC)
A Dog Year
: Jeff Bridges (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Dennis Quaid (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Michael Sheen (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Al Pacino (HBO)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Should win: Claire Danes – For the same reasons listed in Miniseries category.

Will win: Judi Dench – Because she’s Judi Dench. She and Meryl Streep have this talent for winning no matter what…

Return to Cranford: Judi Dench (PBS)
Capturing Mary
: Maggie Smith (HBO)
Georgia O’Keeffe
: Joan Allen (Lifetime)
Temple Grandin
: Claire Danes (HBO)
The Special Relationship
: Hope Davis (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Should win: Again, haven’t seen enough of these to say.

Will win: David Strathairn – Just a hunch.

Return to Cranford: Jonathan Pryce (PBS)
Emma
: Michael Gambon (PBS)
Hamlet
: Patrick Stewart (PBS)
Temple Grandin
: David Strathairn (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: John Goodman (HBO)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTORTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Should win: Kathy Bates – It’s Kathy Bates and she’s playing the Red Queen. Do I have to explain why that deserves an Emmy? Why didn’t Alice get more nominations?

Will win: Catherine O’Hara – She’s kind of a critics darling, although Julia Ormond should really be the one that wins for this movie.

Alice: Kathy Bates (Syfy)
Temple Grandin
: Catherine O’Hara (HBO)
Temple Grandin
: Julia Ormond (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Susan Sarandon (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack
: Brenda Vaccaro (HBO)

Thoughts? Disagreements? Rants? Random thoughts having nothing to do with the Emmy’s?

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