61st Primetime Emmy Predictions

2009-09-16 11:59

Best Drama Series
The Nominees:

'Big Love'
'Mad Men'

Who should win: Lost
Who will win: Mad Men

Is there a show in the history of television that has even attempted the scope of Lost? It's safe to say that the average Emmy voter doesn’t have the patience of the multitude of rabid Lost fans out there, so Mad Men it is for the second year in a row. The period drama just oozes class – it's a clear winner.

Best Actor, Drama Series
The Nominees:

Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad'
Michael C. Hall, 'Dexter'
Hugh Laurie, 'House'
Gabriel Byrne, 'In Treatment'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Simon Baker, 'The Mentalist'

Who should win: Michael C. Hall
Who will win: Hugh Laurie

The toughest category to call as each of these class acts could (and should) walk away with the Emmy. Michael C. Hall has the most difficult job, playing a serial killer that we have come to love and root for. But if Hugh Laurie, one of the most respected actors around, doesn't win for his fourth nomination as the cantankerous doctor, well, colour us very, very surprised.

Best Actress, Drama Series
The Nominees:

Sally Field, 'Brothers and Sisters'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'
Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
Elisabeth Moss, 'Mad Men'
Holly Hunter, 'Saving Grace'

Who should win: Sally Field
Who will win: Elisabeth Moss

We feel a bit silly for overlooking Glenn Close, the grande dame of TV right now, but the Emmys have to mix it up at some point, right? Close was the winner last year and Moss is such a fresh-faced wonder as mover and shaker Peggy Olson on Mad Men, it really could turn out to be a big night for the young star.

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
The Nominees:

Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Sandra Oh, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Chandra Wilson, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment'
Hope Davis, 'In Treatment'
Cherry Jones, '24'

Who should win: Chandra Wilson
Who will win: Chandra Wilson

Who'd want to deny such a strong performer? Audiences lover her, and even as the quality of Grey's has dropped over the years, she still commands your attention as the no-nonsense Seattle Grace chief resident Dr. Miranda Bailey.

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
The Nominees:

William Shatner, 'Boston Legal'
Christian Clemenson, 'Boston Legal'
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
William Hurt, 'Damages'
Michael Emerson, 'Lost'
John Slattery, 'Mad Men'

Who should win: Aaron Paul
Who will win: Michael Emerson

Another tough one! And further proof that TV truly is where the good stuff is happening. Just look at the calibre of actors on this list. Michael Emerson, as Benjamin Linus, has crafted one of the slickest, most intimidating characters on TV, he should win it just for being so awesome. And yeah, we know the Emmys prefer pedigree over new talent, but Aaron Paul is so mesmerising as drug addict wigger on Breaking Bad. He and Bryan Cranston make the most intriguing criminal duo on TV, and yes, it's a small show that you probably have never even heard of before – but look for it at your local DVD store. It's fantastic!

Best Comedy Series
The Nominees:

Family Guy
Flight Of The Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
30 Rock

Who should win: Flight Of The Conchords
Who will win: 30 Rock

The lyrical interludes in Flight Of The Conchords make this odd-ball comedy a hit, but 30 Rock has star power that's hard to compete with.

Best Actor, Comedy Series
The Nominees:

Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Jemaine Clement, 'Flight Of The Conchords'
Tony Shalhoub, 'Monk'
Steve Carell, 'The Office'
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock'
Charlie Sheen, 'Two And A Half Men'

Who should win: Jim Parsons
Who will win: Alec Baldwin

Jim Parsons makes Sheldon Cooper the most annoying yet addictive nerd on TV, and you just can't wait to see what OCD he develops next. However, once again, 30 Rock is the big papa here…

Best Actress, Comedy Series
The Nominees:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine'
Christina Applegate, 'Samantha Who?'
Sarah Silverman, 'The Sarah Silverman Program'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara'
Mary-Louise Parker, 'Weeds'

Who should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Who will win: Toni Collette

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette play similar neurotic, unfit mothers, but Toni's character has a real excuse – she's schizophrenic. So this one's a sympathy vote…

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
The Nominees:

Kevin Dillon, 'Entourage'
Neil Patrick Harris, 'How I Met Your Mother'
Rainn Wilson, 'The Office'
Tracy Morgan, '30 Rock'
Jack McBrayer, '30 Rock'
Jon Cryer, 'Two And A Half Men'

Who should win: Neil Patrick Harris
Who will win: Neil Patrick Harris

Because Neil Patrick Harris is LEGEN… wait for it… DARY!

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
The Nominees:

Kristin Chenoweth, 'Pushing Daisies'
Elizabeth Perkins, 'Weeds'
Vanessa Williams, 'Ugly Betty'
Jane Krakowski, '30 Rock'
Amy Poehler, 'Saturday Night Live'
Kristen Wiig, 'Saturday Night Live'

Who should win: Kristin Chenoweth
Who will win: Elizabeth Perkins

Kristin Chenoweth plays a character with the surname Snook – you're laughing already, aren't you? But Weeds is another heavyweight and with six nominations this year, Perkins is bound to take this one home for the show.

Best Reality Competition Programme

The Nominees:

Top Chef
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
American Idol
The Amazing Race

Who should win: The Amazing Race
Who will win: The Amazing Race

Pure wish fulfillment here as we all dream of one day being contestants on this frenetic travel reality show. It's already won 11 Primetime Emmys, so the others don’t really stand a chance – no matter how popular (American Idol) or trendy (Project Runway) they may be.

Best Reality Host
The Nominees:

Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, 'Top Chef'
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor'
Heidi Klum, 'Project Runway'
Tom Bergeron, 'Dancing With The Stars'
Phil Keoghan, 'The Amazing Race'
Ryan Seacrest, 'American Idol'

Who should win: Ryan Seacrest
Who will win: Phil Keoghan

It's the eyebrow versus the showman. Phil really doesn’t have as much work to do as his fellow nominees. All we know is that he jets to the next pitstop in lightning-quick time (off-screen) and really knows how to sustain the tension. And he can say more with one eyebrow than many can muster with a prepared script.

So, what do you think about our choices? Let us know who YOUR favourites are below.

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