The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

by deerinthexenonarclights

I’m not really sure that this needs a preamble, it’s a pretty standard thing really. I’ll underline what Will win, Italicize what Should and maybe throw in a comment or Wildcard where I feel it necessary. Feel free to throw your own thoughts and predictions in the comments.

Outstanding Drama
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Mad Men”

’nuff said. Keep in mind that this is Season Four of Breaking Bad that we are discussing though, so the line between it and Mad Men is much closer.

Outstanding Actress In A Drama
“Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
“Glenn Close, “Damages”
“Claire Danes, “Homeland”
“Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
“Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
“Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Last year I would have given it to Moss without a doubt but her role in this latest season was really reduced from that of lead to support, if anything I would have said that Jessica Pare was the program’s female protagonist, and the one big change to the category was the introduction of Claire Danes who was simply superb in this debut season of Homeland, carrying most of it on her shoulders.

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Surprised that it didn’t go to Nucky? It’s almost become cliche to say now but Cranston is an Emmy machine and his two competitors, Lewis and Hamm, simply didn’t have as showy or widely spectrumed a season to show off because their roles are written to be so withdrawn while his, well watch Crawl Space and you’ll see.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

This is maybe more of a big call since both the Breaking Bad boys were amazing in their acting, but in terms of single episodes it seems to me that Harris has the strongest in Fees and Commissions. Paul is obviously phenominal but he is also very much the show’s straight man, carrying the burden of normalcy; Esposito’s Fring though was very fun though and so I can see him impressing.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

This one was pretty easy. The novelty of Maggie Smith may get her some votes but Hendricks is the clear best here, though next year Anna Gunn may give her a fight (Wouldn’t people pay to see that).

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”

Modern Family is the safest bet in the comedy field since Mad Men hit the drama so it’s hard to go past it, really though the rest of the shows nominated were a little disappointing; either not high class enough or suffering from very inconsistent seasons. Veep was the best of the applicable bunch, really winning me over by the end, but my real choice would of course be Louie.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Honestly though Dreyfus was not what made the show for me, her performance was fine but it was the writing that worked. That said she has had Emmy success in the past and its the easier cable choice than Girls so it seems the go. Poehler though was superb in Parks this year, turning Leslie Knope from a joke into an emotional lead. Loved it.

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

I hope that i’m wrong, because I do so love Louis, but the movie star factor seems too strong to ignore.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

I’ll be honest, i’m struggling to tell them apart. I’m thinking that the MF votes will be so split that Greenfield will walk across the line with it. Clearly though this should have been Ron Effing Swanson’s statue, everything that he does is what an award winner would do.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

N/A Don’t care. Any of the Community cast, Aubrey Plaza, the girls from Girls.

Outstanding Reality Show Competition
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

No Comment

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

It’s strange that there were only three nominations for miniseries this year and one of them is irredeemable trash despite its cast and literary prestige, so by default this was my choice. I do like a Western and while this one wasn’t the best it maybe could have been it was an inoffensive watch, which couldn’t completely be said about the sometimes strong Game Change.

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, ” Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

I like me some Paxton, but as the bigger name I think his sworn rival may have the advantage here. It will be a tough fight though.

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

This however will not, Emma Thompson may well hold the same high prestige as Moore but I have no idea what her submission is and that discounts it a little as a serious contender. I love Moore in pretty much every movie she has been in, so i’m biased towards her, but her playing a prominent political figure is too juicy to ignore.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Same again, but with much less enthusiasm.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”

It’s a showy turn from an old star in amongst drab stereotypical roles, its a roll over.

Any ridiculously wrong choices in there? Any inspired ones? Any flaw in my logic? Point them out below or just check back in next week to see how I did.