They’re not as fun as the Golden Globes and not as prestigious as the Oscars, but the Primetime Emmy Awards is the only show where Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are virtually guaranteed to make an appearance, which is reason enough for us to tune in. Plus, we can’t resist a red-carpet event.
The great thing about the Emmys is that most viewers have actually seen the shows that are up for awards, but that makes for some contentious debates: who was nominated, who was overlooked, who’s coasting on their laurels, and who deserves a win. Most of this year’s nominations were fairly predictable, but in the major categories, there were some glaring errors—at least we think so, anyway. Check out our predictions of who will take home a pointy statue and let us know if you agree.
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Lead Actor in a Drama
The nominees: Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall in Dexter, Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights, Hugh Laurie in House, Timothy Olyphant in Justified, and Jon Hamm in Mad Men
Who Gets Booed: Hugh Laurie? Really? Emmy voters like to confuse a good character with good acting. Laurie is great, but he’s been phoning it in for at least three seasons.
Who Got Screwed: Michael Pitt in Boardwalk Empire. As troubled vet-turned-bootlegger-slash-gangster Jimmy Darmody, Pitt is deliciously inscrutable.
Who Will Win: Steve Buscemi
Lead Actor in a Comedy
The nominees: Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, Louis C.K. in Louie, Steve Carell in The Office
Who Gets Booed: Matt LeBlanc. Actors shouldn’t be allowed to get awards for playing themselves.
Who Got Screwed: Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother is everybody’s favorite hilarious slime ball.
Who Will Win: Steve Carell, naturally.
Lead Actress in a Drama
The nominees: Connie Britton in Friday Night Lights, Juliana Margulies in The Good Wife, Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law, Mireille Enos in The Killing, Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men
Who Gets Booed: Take your pick. Who knew SVU was still on the air? Ditto Friday Night Lights? Kathy Bates in a David E. Kelley show about lawyers…hardly original. This is a thin field.
Who Got Screwed: Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire. She’s nominated in the supporting category, but deserves better.
Who Will Win: Elisabeth Moss, by default.
Lead Actress in a Comedy
The nominees: Laura Linney in The Big C, Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly, Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie, Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation, Martha Plimpton in Raising Hope, Tina Fey in 30 Rock
Who Gets Booed: Melissa McCarthy was the hilarious breakout star of this summer’s Bridesmaids, and this nom is due to that exposure. If Hollywood really wants to reward her, they should find her a better show, because this one is the pits.
Who Got Screwed: No one, if only because there aren’t many headlining ladies in comedies.
Who Will Win: Amy Poehler, and we’re satisfied with that.
Outstanding Animated Program
The nominees: The Cleveland Show, Futurama, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, South Park
Who Gets Booed: The Simpsons. Back when The Simpsons was awesome (remember then?), it got nominated because there weren’t many shows to compete with it, but these days, it just can’t compare to newer, edgier shows. Even devoted Simpsons-philes barely watch anymore.
Who Got Screwed: Archer. This slick animated send-up of spy shows has more jokes-per-minute than anything else on television. Plus, it has an all-star voice cast that includes H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, and Judy Greer. Archer may be a little racy, but if South Park isn’t too profane, then nothing is.
Who Will Win: Futurama.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The nominees: The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock.
Who Gets Booed: Glee, which hasn’t been compelling, believable, comprehensible, or even funny since the first half of the first season. It shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees.
Who Got Screwed: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, because it tackles topics like abortion, crack addiction, death, and serial killers. Turns out those things can be really, really funny!
Who Will Win: Parks and Recreation, if there is any justice in the world, but probably Modern Family.
Outstanding Drama Series
The nominees: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Mad Men
Who Gets Booed: Dexter, for being more of a nighttime soap opera than a real drama.
Who Got Screwed: The Walking Dead, which almost gives us heart attacks on a weekly basis. It’s truly terrifying.
Who Will Win: Game of Thrones.
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