Emmy Predictions 2011

18 Sep

The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys hosted by Jane Lynch is on tonight and after months of anticipation, finally the winners will be revealed. Normally I’d be tuning in and tweeting my thoughts live but unfortunately they’re not taking place during the Summer, which is so annoying, and I have a VERY early start tomorrow so I can’t stay up that late. ūüė¶ In this post I will discuss who will win, who should win as well as reasons why. My listing of the nominees has nothing to do with my prediction. They’re random.

Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men (will win and should win)

Boardwalk Empire (possible win)

The Good Wife

Game of Thrones

Friday Night Lights


Mad Men is still on top form and I don’t think people are quite done with it. It’s a superb show that’s well paced, directed, written and acted. A show for the ages. It’s kept getting better and it shows. If Mad Men doesn’t win Boardwalk Empire could steal it but I couldn’t get into it. It was impressive but not that interesting.

Outstanding Lead Drama Actress

Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) will win

Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) should win

Mireille Enos (“The Killing”)

Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law”)

Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order:¬†Special Victims Unit”)

Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”)

Margulies lost out veery unexpectedly last year and I think that this night is hers. She’s a very good TV actress and she plays her role well. However; she did a better job last year and Elisabeth Moss deserves it more. Mad Men have yet to win an acting Emmy and it’s about time they did. Moss steals the show in terms of her performance and she’s better than Margulies.

Outstanding Lead Drama Actor

Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) will win and should win

Steve¬†Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”)

Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”)

Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”)

Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”)

Hugh Laurie (“House”)

As mentioned before, Mad Men have never yet won an acting Emmy and there’s a sense that it’s about time. Hamm is great in the show and he’s got a massive shot at it. Michael C. Hall could take it but I don’t see that happening. Hamm for definite.

Outstanding Drama Actress in a Supporting Role

Margo Martindale (“Justified”)

Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)

Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”)

Archie Panjabi (“The Good¬†Wife”)

Christine Baranski (“The Good¬†Wife”)

Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”)

I’m not sure about this one. Mainly because I don’t watch Justified or any of the US Killing apart from the first episode. Justified has been getting a lot of talk but so has The Killing. I really can’t stand the American version of The Killing and it’s such an unnecessary show. Perhaps Margo Martindale?

Outstanding Drama Actor in a Supporting Role

Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”) will win and should win

John¬†Slattery (“Mad Men”)

Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

Walton¬†Goggins (“Justified”)

Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”)

Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain¬†Age”)

Josh Charles. I think it’s a pretty obvious choice. He’s good and is far better than his fellow nominees. Not much else to say. Moving on.

Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series

Martin Scorsese (“Boardwalk Empire”) will win and should win

Tim Van Patten (“Game of Thrones”) –¬†episode “Winter is Coming”

Jeremy Podeswa (“Boardwalk Empire”) –¬†episode “Anastasia”

Patty Jenkins (“The Killing”) –¬†episode “Pilot”

Neil Jordan (“The Borgias”) –¬†episode “The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin”

Without a doubt, It’s Scorsese. He’s a fantastic director and it shows in this impressive episode. I don’t really like the show that much but it’s impressive. No body else has a shot.

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”) will win and should win

Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”)

David Benioff &¬†D.B.¬†Weiss (“Game of Thrones”)

Veena Sud (“The Killing”)

Andre Jacquemetton &¬†Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”)

Placed on the Time 100, Weiner has proven that he’s a great writer. Sopranos, Mad Men, the guy knows how to write. This is just one more deserved Emmy to add to the shelf.

Outstanding Comedy Series

1. “Modern Family”

2. “30 Rock”


4.¬†“Parks and Recreation”

5.¬†“The Office”

6. “The Big Bang Theory”

Whilst I love the show, 30 Rock is just better. Modern Family has it in the bag again but I’m hoping 30 Rock can steal it. I love both but 30 Rock’s that bit better. Modern Family still deserves it and it’s a well earned win.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Linney (“The Big C”) will win

Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) should win

Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”)

Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”)

Tina Fey (“30 Rock”)

Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”)

I’m not a fan of The Big C. I’m not generally conservative but when it comes to cancer I am so I don’t really enjoy watching it. She’s good but nothing spectacular. She’ll probably get it though. I think that Poehler thoroughly deserves it!

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

1. Steve¬†Carell (“The Office”) will win and should win

2. Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

3. Louis C.K. (“Louie”)¬†– episode “Bully”

4. Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”)

5. Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)

6. Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”)

It’s a show I love and now he’s leaving. Yes, this one’s for Steve Carell. He’s long overdue for an Emmy and the show won’t be the same without him.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Role

Jane Lynch (“Glee”) will win and kind of deserves it

Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”)

Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”)

Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) also deserves it

Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”)

Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”)

The only good part about the incredibly annoying show Glee is Jane Lynch. She’s very funny in it and I think she deserves it again. I would like it to go to Jane Krakowski though. It’s about time that she got on and it was her best season.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) will win and should win

Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”)

Chris Colfer (“Glee”)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern¬†Family”)

Eric Stonestreet (“Modern¬†Family”)

Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”)

The Modern Family cast are hilarious and it’s going to rotate between them every year. Stonestreet got it last year but I think this year Ty Burrell will get it and he deserves it.

Outstnding Direction in a Comedy Series

Michael Alan Spiller (“Modern Family”)¬†–¬†episode “Halloween”

Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock”) –¬†episode “Live Show”

Gail Mancuso¬†(“Modern Family”)¬†–¬†episode “Slow Down Your Neighbors”

Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”)¬†–¬†episode “See You Next Fall”

Pamela Fryman (“How I Met Your Mother”) –¬†episode “Subway Wars”

Directing a live show takes a lot of preparation so I think 30 Rock deserves it. Modern Family has great direction but for the sheer amount of effort that must’ve been put in, I’m hoping for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

1. Steven Levitan &¬†Jeffrey Richman (“Modern Family”) will win and deserves to win

2. Louis C.K. (“Louie”)

3. Greg Daniels (“The Office”)

4. Matt Hubbard (“30 Rock”)

5. David Crane &¬†Jeffrey Klarik (“Episodes”) should’ve won if it had been up for another episode

Episodes was I show that I really enjoyed and i think that if they had nominated it for their pilot then they would’ve had a strong chance. THeyve put it for their weakest episode so unfortunately there isn’t much hope. Modern Family will probably fetch it.

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