I previously railed about the unimaginative nominations when the Emmys first disclosed the final choices – click here for my picks of one to drop from each category and whom to replace them with – but now it’s time for making the predictions.
Granted, I can’t figure out which way the wind blows on this thing better than anyone else. Seems like some people vote to repay a debt from a prior omission, while others try to judge fairly based upon that year’s work. Some nominees try the Putney Swope method by voting for the candidate they least expect to win – theoretically to not give a vote to a serious threat – and we all know how well that can turn out. Then there’s always the Pia Zadora method (bribery) and the evil darkness of studio politics. Whatever.
Here’s tonight’s ballot. Good luck and don’t wager your kid’s trust fund. I’ll be back tomorrow with the winners and some comments on the whole debacle after I speed through the commercials at midnight. Thanks to the wonderful invention of the DVR, I’ll be doing what any adult male should – watching the Giants/Cowboys game.
As for my predictions in the major categories? Note these are my picks for who will win, not who should win:
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: 30 Rock • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Mad Men • Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Into The Storm • Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: 30 Rock • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: The Closer • Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Grey Gardens • Jessica Lange as Big Edie
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: How I Met Your Mother • Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Breaking Bad • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Little Dorrit • Sir Tom Courtenay as Mr. Dorrit
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: 30 Rock • Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: In Treatment • Dianne Wiest as Gina
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Relative Stranger • Cicely Tyson as Pearl
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series: 30 Rock • Steve Martin as Gavin Volure
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series: Rescue Me • Michael J. Fox as Dwight
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series: Saturday Night Live • Tina Fey as Governor Sarah Palin
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Carol Burnett as Bridget “Birdie” Sulloway
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Outstanding Drama Series: Lost