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Now that I’m done making my predictions for the Emmys tomorrow, I’ll try to fill the shoes of those who were tasked to judge the actual Emmy categories and be in a voter mood just this time. If I happen to vote on all the categories that will be presented tomorrow (plus the four guest acting awards), here’s how my ballot will look like:
DRAMA SERIES: Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men has four already, and while they indeed had a great season again, I’d rather spread the wealth this year. Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones’s first seasons were better than the second one, I’ll wait for Breaking Bad’s series to end, and I think Homeland just brings the good week in and week out that I don’t see them topping this perfectly balanced first season; thus I’m throwing Homeland my vote.
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
This is pretty much a non contest. Both Cranston and Lewis deliver Emmy winning performance. The only difference is Cranston was rewarded thrice already, yet Lewis has none. I’m giving Lewis my vote.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
I’m happy Danes is getting the surge in her career post-Temple Grandin, and that her wonderful acting abilities is put into good use. She might have won just two years ago, but she deserves this quick of a follow up.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
This was tough. Esposito was the villain of the season and he was actually good in Breaking Bad. This is also the last chance to reward Harris for years of consistent performance, but I can’t resist to vote for Aaron Paul who perfectly compliments Bryan Cranston every single time in Breaking Bad.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
It’s really a bull that Mad Men is still Emmyless in terms of acting categories. Holloway owned this season like no other, so I’m giving my vote to her. Christine Baranski is a close second, but I’m totally voting for Miss Holloway.
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA: Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
After watching his episode, he totally gave me Hannibal Lecter creeps. That’s enough to give him my vote.
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA: Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
What is she even doing in this category? I think she’s a solid supporting actress in her show. With that said, I’ve loved how she embraced this character perfectly and that tape just rocks on so many level.
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” (Episode 7)
After Homeland’s The Weekend shoutout here, I’m going with Fellowes Oscar-worthy screenplay for the Christmas episode. This is totally the saving grace of an uneven second season.
DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” (Face Off)
From start to finish, the episode is riveting. Simply riveting.
COMEDY SERIES: Modern Family (ABC)
No Louie and Parks and Recreation on the list. I like both Girls and Veep, but I think they still ahsn’t developed the highest points of their series runs. Big Bang was more of a Big Blah this season. 30 Rock has had its shares of a threepeat here. Curb is a hit or miss for me. Easy vote goes to Modern Family.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
It’s between Louis CK and Larry David, but the perennial nominee deserves it based on the long pedigree of consistent performance in his show. It’s actually too overdue to happen, but I would’ve voted for him in a heartbeat.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
I love you Amy Poehler, and I’m happy you won the Pawnee elections, but the Veep had my vote.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
By a mile, the only consistent and still refreshing cast member for the third season. He really deserves the Emmy.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Kristin Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Bleh batch of nominees. Where’s Jane Krakowski? She should have been winning this thing. Srsly. With that, I’ll go for our favorite bridesmaid.
GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY: Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
It’s not even a competition. Fallon owned everybody in his category, and I’m ecstatic he actually won.
GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY: Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”
I love you Kathy Bates, and I’m happy you can now call yourself an Emmy winner, but the moment Beyonce did Maya Rudolph is already a win worthy in my book. Distant second is Melissa McCarthy’s dress tasting skit.
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Chris McKennan, “Community” (Remedial Chaos Theory)
I’m still over the moon with this nomination, and this only comes once in a blue moon, so why waste your time to not vote for it. This is the best nomination this whole Emmy season.
DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Louis CK, “Louie” (Duckling)
A.K.A a vote for all of his work for the show.
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM: The Voice (NBC)
I have three favorite reality/competition shows: The Amazing Race, Top Chef, and The Voice. The first two ahve Emmys on their mantle already. It’s time to add a third companion on the list.
REALITY HOST: Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Only Deeley shows enough personality that sets her apart from being just the “instruction giver.” Other hosts should really take notes.
OUTSTANDING MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
I really don’t have any vote here. So anything other than American Mess Story is fine by me.
LEAD ACTOR, MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
This is the perfect Sherlock performance that’s less mainstream and more convincing. Iron Man, take notes.
LEAD ACTRESS, MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Say what you want about the quality of the whole TV movie but Kidman stand out front and center in this enriching performance that shows why she’s one of her generation’s top actresses.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”
Meh batch of nominees. Don’t think Harris is the stand out at all, and the others aren’t even close. Give O’Hare some props though.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
We all know Lange is winning and she deserves it, but Paulson is the real definition of a supporting actress in Game Change. She gets my vote.
How about you? Who will you be voting for if you were an Emmy voter? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂