Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Flaming Nose TV Blog Emmy Award Picks

This is a little less elaborate of an Emmy posting than we usually do; are we getting old, or is it just too confusing with a huge number of the winners already having won at the Creative Arts section of the awards, and the rest coming up tonight?  Too hard for me, but please consult this excellent list at Gold of who's gotten the statuettes so far.  Jane Lynch from Glee hosts.

But we've got some/most of the other big categories here, with a little editorial comment and our picks/predictions in red.  (Actually mine; The Flaming Nose often has many opinions!)


Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire -- grand achievement, fairly cold and probably not quite ascending to the MM level

Dexter -- consistently good and entertaining but probably not a stand-out season in this company

Friday Night Lights -- a truly decent show and an honor to be in this category

Game of Thrones -- maybe too cult-ish for a general win, but a good surprise and deserved a nomination

The Good Wife  -- good solid network show

Mad Men -- lots of nominations, great season, no reason it shouldn't win

Outstanding Actress in a Drama 

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife -- A favorite of many who has been overlooked, and from a network show, too

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Margo Martindale, Justified -- Mamy good vibes for this solid actress in this interesting series

Michelle Forbes, The Killing

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire  -- If not Hamm then Buscemi, a veteran who's always superb

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights -- the show is ending but a little too soft for a win

Michael C. Hall, Dexter -- the show is cruising along just fine but nothing unusual considering the competition

John Hamm, Mad Men -- If Bryan Cranston were in here, he'd take it, but Hamm has the field now and should finally triumph
Hugh Laurie, House -- he's got enough money to not worry about awards

Timothy Olyphant, Justified -- the show is a critical favorite and without Hamm or Cranston he could rise to win one of these years

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones -- We're going with Dinklage's charismatic performance in this intriguing series.

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Walton Goggins, Justified

John Slattery, Mad Men

Andrew Braugher, Men of a Certain Age


Outstanding Comedy Series

Big Bang Theory


Modern Family -- The bloom may be a little off this series but probably still on top here

The Office

Parks and Recreation

30 Rock

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie -- hardly a comedy, not played for laughs most of the time, great actress always, though.

Tina Fey, 30 Rock  -- Not the best season, award should go elsewhere

Laura Linney, The Big C -- she's a great actress but the series tries way too hard

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly -- more traditional network show but a deserved nod for Melissa

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope -- good idiosyncratic turn

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation -- let's give it to a real comedienne!

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy

Jane Lynch, Glee -- her hosting gig is her win tonight

Betty White, Hot In Cleveland -- an always funny veteran, we'd also love if she got it

Julie Bowen, Modern Family  -- very popular choice from popular show

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family -- same as Julie

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live -- versatile, a real comedy trouper, maybe too popular at the movies this year, though

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock -- always funny but not the best season of the series

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock -- always good but it wasn't the series' best season

Louis C.K., Louie -- astounding performance that never fails to surprise, we're going to go with him because we love him, too!

Steve Carrell, The Office -- An Emmy as a going-away present?  Possibly...probably.

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory -- Only if he and Parsons split the award...

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes -- He was quite good in the series but did anybody see the show? 

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory -- only if he and Galecki split the award...

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy -- (too much Modern Famly in here!)

Chris Colfer, Glee

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family  -- a comedy veteran who continues to serve it up with skill

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men


Outstanding Reality Show

The Amazing Race

American Idol -- though not quite the powerhouse it once was, it's a keeper

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

Best Host for a Reality Series -- who cares?  Any of them...

Phil Keoghan, Host- The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest, Host- American Idol

Tom Bergeron, Host- Dancing with the Stars

Cat Deeley, Host- So You Think You Can Dance

Jeff Probst, Host- Survivor -- he won this at the Creative Awards ceremony


Outstanding Variety, Comedy Or Musical Series

The Colbert Report


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy

Idris Elba, The Big C

Nathan Lane, Modern Family

Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live

Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live -- won at the Creative Emmy ceremony

Matt Damon, 30 Rock

Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy

Kristin Chenoweth, Glee

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee--- she already won this at the early Creative Awards ceremony

Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope

Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Bruce Dern, Big Love
Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Paul McCrane, Harry's Law -- won it at the Creative Awards ceremony
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Robert Morse, Mad Men

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Mary McDonnell, The Closer
Julia Stiles, Dexter -- also a very great performance which grew over the season and was stand-out
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy -- won it at the Creative Awards ceremony
Randee Heller, Mad Men -- Miss Blankenship, how we loved you!
Cara Buono, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Alfre Woodard, True Blood


Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie

Cinema Verite

Downton Abbey

The Kennedys -- Because everybody came down on this, undeservedly...

Mildred Pierce -- too boring but probably will win, because it had "quality" all over it

The Pillars of the Earth

Too Big To Fail

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce -- without the oomph one would have hoped from her

Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite -- taut, brittle and solid

Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story

Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs

Outstanding Leading Actor in an MiniSeries or Movie

Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys -- you know what?  he was good in chance to win, but what the heck.

Barry Pepper, The Kennedys

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

William Hurt, Too Big To Fail

Idris Elba, Luther

Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood -- if you didn't see this, you should, though...

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Bryan F. O'Byrne, Mildred Pierce

Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce

Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey -- how can she not be good?

Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series  --will undoubtedly be one of the Modern Familys

Pamela Fryman, How I Met Your Mother  -- nice to see this show get something
Michael Alan Spiller,  Modern Family 
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family 
Steven Levitan, Modern Famiy  
Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire -- pilot was awesome, obviously a pet project
Jeremy Podeswa, Boardwalk Empire 
Neil Jordan, The Borgias 

Tim Van Patten, Game of Thrones  
Patty Jenkins, The Killing 

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Olivier Assayas, Carlos  Directed by

Shari Springer Berman & Brian Percival, Cinema Verite
Todd Haynes, Mildred Pierce  -- maybe not for the acting but for all the other nuances
Curtis Hanson, Too Big to Fail 

We've missed some categories, no doubt, but you can get a complete list of the nominations sorted various ways at the Emmy website.  Interactive features at the top of the page, and scroll down to almost the bottom of the page at the right for a selection. of all the ways you can download the lists.
The 63nd Primetime Emmy Awards air on Fox tonight, live, at 8pm Eastern and 5pm Pacific.


Jane said...

Great picks and aren't we so thrilled that our man Peter Dinklage won! I thought Jane Lynch was's a real balancing act. Could she have been a bit edgier? Yeah, probably. I'm going to post a little recap.

Anonymous said...

Friday Night Lights is my favorite tv show. I am really very Glad that this show got Emmy Award. Congratulations to the team of this show.