TV’s biggest night is almost here!
On Sunday night, the biggest stars in TV will gather at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre for the 2011 Emmy Awards. Music and movies are more our beat here in the MTV Newsroom, but just like everyone else, we love TV. So it’s with great pleasure that we bring you our predictions for who will take home television’s top honors at this year’s show.
We decided we’d have a little fun with our guesses this year and asked our brothers (and sister!) in blogging to help us out so we could arrive at a Newsroom consensus for who we think will take home awards in the top categories. We also decided to bring you all into the fun with two polls – Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series – to test your TV acumen. Check back Monday morning to see how you (and we) did!
Welcome MTV Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler, Hollywood Crush editor Amy Wilkinson and Multiplayer Blog editor Russ Frushtick to the conversation. They’ve made their picks and so have I, so let’s check out the MTV Newsroom predictions for this year’s Emmys and be sure to vote in our Emmy polls, after the jump!
Best Series, Drama
“Friday Night Lights”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
Wigler: “Boardwalk Empire”
Wilkinson: “The Good Wife”
Frushtick: “Boardwalk Empire”
Mitchell: “Mad Men.” Every show on this list, except “Dexter,” deserves this prize more than “Mad Men,” but Emmy voters love the show unconditionally. “The Good Wife” is a steady hit, but is only now starting to have the swagger needed to triumph, so maybe next year. “Boardwalk” was ambitious but uneven. Ditto “Game of Thrones.” “Friday Night Lights” ended its run with a near-perfect season. “FNL” should win, but “Men” will.
Newsroom Pick: “Boardwalk Empire”
Best Series, Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Parks and Recreation”
Wigler: “30 Rock”
Wilkinson: “Modern Family”
Frushtick: “Parks and Recreation”
Mitchell: “Parks and Recreation.” “Parks” really came into its own last season, learning how to balance sincerity and weirdness perfectly. “Family” could sweep in for a repeat win, but with Amy Poehler a near lock for the Best Actress in a Comedy prize and esteem and ratings running higher than ever for “Parks,” I think it will deservedly take the gold.
Newsroom Pick: “Parks and Recreation”
Best Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Michael C. Hall,”Dexter”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
Wigler: Jon Hamm. Certainly not the greatest season of “Mad Men,” but perhaps the greatest season of “Mad Men” for Jon Hamm. And there’s no Walter White in sight? Yeah, Draper’s got this.
Wilkinson: Steve Buscemi
Frushtick: Jon Hamm
Mitchell: Jon Hamm. With Bryan Cranston(“Breaking Bad”) out of contention this season, the Emmys finally get the chance to honor Hamm and they will take it.
Newsroom Pick: Jon Hamm
Best Actress, Drama
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Mireille Enos “The Killing”
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Wigler: Elisabeth Moss
Wilkinson: Julianna Marguiles
Frushtick: Elisabeth Moss
Mitchell: Julianna Marguiles. A much-loved TV vet starring in a show many regard as the best drama on network TV. This is Margulies’ to lose.
Newsroom Pick: Tie. Elisabeth Moss and Julianna Marguiles. In the event of a tie, I decide and so we go with my choice – Julianna Marguiles.
Best Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Wigler: Steve Carell
Wilkinson: Steve Carell
Frushtick: Louis C.K.
Mitchell: Steve Carell. Carell’s departure from “The Office” almost guarantees a win, but if there was any justice in the world, Louis C.K. would have this in the bag. Simultaneously funny and touching, “Louie” is great TV.
Newsroom Pick: Steve Carell
Best Actress, Comedy
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Laura Linney, “The Big C”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Wigler: Amy Poehler
Wilkinson: Tina Fey. I nearly selected Melissa McCarthy for this category until I remembered she wasn’t nominated for “Bridesmaids” but for the CBS laugher “Mike and Molly.” Does anyone actually watch that show?
Frushtick: Amy Poehler
Mitchell: Amy Poehler. Poehler’s turn on “Rec” has evolved into one of the most complex and satisfying performances on television – comedy, drama, movie or miniseries. She’s the best and this is hers.
Newsroom Pick: Amy Poehler
Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age”
Walton Goggins, “Justified”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
John Slattery, “Mad Men”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Wigler: Peter Dinklage. This will be “Game of Thrones” big category win, and the beginning of The Dink’s Cranston-inspired sweep of the Best Supporting Actor field for the years to come.
Wilkinson: Peter Dinklage
Frushtick: Walton Goggins
Mitchell: Peter Dinklage
Newsroom Pick: Peter Dinklage
Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Michelle Forbes, “The Killing”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Margo Martindale, “Justified”
Wigler: Michelle Forbes
Wilkinson: Michelle Forbes
Frushtick: Margo Martindale. The nomination I feel most strongly about. Margo Martindale’s turn as Mags Bennett, the head of a crime family in the backwoods of Kentucky, was one of the most powerful, twisted characters I’ve ever seen on TV. Martindale’s subtle, understated performance is a real underdog for the category, but man, she deserves it.
Mitchell: Kelly Macdonald. Voters won’t ignore “Boardwalk Empire,” but I don’t see it taking Drama Series or Best Actor, that means its wins will likely come in the supporting categories – hence my votes for Dinklage and Macdonald.
Newsroom Pick: Michelle Forbes
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Chris Colfer, “Glee”
Jon Cryer, “Two And A Half Men”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Wigler: Jon Cryer
Wilkinson: Ty Burrell. A true Sophie’s Choice, Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series is one of the toughest calls for me. I mean, every adult “Modern Family” actor with XY chromosomes is nominated here as is sentimental favorite Chris Colfer. In the end, I chose the “MF” actor who makes me chuckle most. Hopefully Emmy voters agree.
Frushtick: Ty Burrell
Mitchell: Ed O’Neill. Awards voters, in general, love giving prizes to popular veteran performers who have been overlooked in the past. O’Neill falls squarely in that category and he also did some pretty strong, understated work on “Family” – a great show not known for being understated – this year.
Newsroom Pick: Ty Burrell
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”
Wigler: Jane Lynch
Wilkinson: Betty White. How can you not?
Frushtick: Jane Krakowski
Mitchell: Jane Krakowski. She’s a long shot, but doesn’t this entire category feel like it’s full of long shots. I don’t expect “30 Rock” to get much love this year, but Emmy voters love the show, and Krakowski is a much-respected theater vet with plenty of TV credits who doesn’t get the mainstream awards show recognition she deserves. New York Magazine also celebrated her on its Approval Matrix for her ballsy commitment to her way out there character. We hope she takes this, but it’s really anyone’s game.
Newsroom Pick: Jane Krakowski