I don’t know why I am even attempting to predict the victors at tonight’s Emmy Awards. Between the lack of preliminary award shows (a la the Oscars) and the Emmys frequent ignoring of what is popular or logical in favor of sentimentality, this is one award show that is nearly impossible to predict. Regardless of this, here are my predictions or just what shows and who I want to win.
Best Drama: The Good Wife
Lost is heavily favored to win after a stellar sixth and final season but I believe that the Emmy voters will name this new legal drama as the Best Drama. But if Julianna Margulies wins Best Actress (and she will) then expect a different show to win.
Best Comedy: Modern Family
Yes Glee won the SAG and the Golden Globe but that was before the entire first season had aired. Months later, Glee clearly had only a few great episodes (namely “The Power of Madonna“) and lacked consistency. Whereas Modern Family never missed a beat, between the writing, acting and direction of the show. And if Modern Family wins, it will take away the pain from Ed O’Neill’s lack of a nomination. I also refuse to accept that Nurse Jackie is a comedy.
Lead actor, Drama – Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
More than anything I want Chandler to finally win the recognition he deserves. I’m predicting Chandler to win, even though my gut is telling me that Matthew Fox and Bryan Cranston may be the real winners.
Lead actress, Drama – Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
One of the first things I did this summer was watch every episode of The Good Wife. After doing so, I am more than convinced that Julianna Margulies deserves this Emmy. As much as I want Connie Briton to win for Friday Night Lights.
Lead actress, Comedy – Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Although I don’t consider Nurse Jackie a comedy (a frustration which stems more from the second season than the first), I expect Edie Falco to win. Just because she is not playing Carmela Soprano. But maybe voters will be wowed by Lea Michele’s powerful and emotional rendition of “Don’t Rain on my Parade” and pick her.
Lead Actor, Comedy – Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Sometime I feel as though The Big Bang Theory should be renamed Sheldon Cooper and those other nerds. The Big Bang Theory is defined by Sheldon Cooper and without Jim Parsons portrayal of this character, the show would be nothing of interest.
Supporting Actor, Drama – Michael Emerson, Lost
Sentimentality will play a huge role in this category which is why I imagine that Lost‘s Michael Emerson will win the Emmy. But for this category, I know very little of the performances. I haven’t even seen Men of a Certain Age. (Project!)
Supporting Actress, Drama – Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
It is hard to believe that the acting on Mad Men has never been recognized by the Emmys. If any actor deserves that statuette, it would be Christina Hendricks. Joan Harris’ story arc during season 3 is heartbreaking and powerful. The episode Hendricks submitted, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency” (aka the John Deere episode), is beyond fantastic.
Supporting Actor, Comedy – Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Modern Family‘s one acting win will be in this category. But do not forget about the power of Kurt Hummel. Because three Modern Family cast members are nominated, they could split the Emmy votes and Chris Colfer could pull a surprise victory.
Supporting Actress, Comedy – Jane Lynch, Glee
If there is one thing that is guaranteed at this year’s Emmys it is Jane Lynch winning for Supporting Actress.