Emmy Nominations 2010

The Emmy nominations were released last week and I’ve spent the weekend, or at least some of last night, trawling through to see which ones excite me and skimming past the various editing awards. Here are my personal highlights from the nominations:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama

Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Dexter Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan

Mad Men Jon Hamm as Don Draper

All three of these men have lead brilliantly written shows, and each has had to show their character developing, whether than be getting stronger or in most cases slowly unravelling. Good stuff.

 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

The Prisoner Ian McKellen as Two

Ian McKellan was brilliant in a miniseries that most of the time made less sense than Lost.

 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Nurse Jackie Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

United States Of Tara Toni Collette as Tara Gregson

All three of these shows could do with some love and hinge on the performances of their leading ladies. Toni Collette probably deserves to win for seamlessly playing so many different characters through the multiple personalities.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

How I Met Your Mother Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson

Modern Family Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell

Modern Family Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker

Modern Family Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Modern Family deserve to win all the awards it can frankly and poor Neil Patrick Harris is trying very hard over at How I Met Your Mother.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Lost Michael Emerson as Ben Linus

Because most make you feel incredibly sorry for bad people. WIthout Aaron Paul Breaking Bad would have lost it’s heart, yo.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Glee Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

Modern Family Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy

Modern Family Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig as Various Characters

Again Modern Family deserves praise. Wiig and Lynch are the only consistently funny main cast emembers of their “comedy” shows.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Burn Notice Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen

Mad Men Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Mad Men Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Gless is the best thing about Burn Notice besides Bruce Campbell.

 

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

30 Rock Jon Hamm as Dr. Drew Baird

30 Rock Will Arnett as Devin Banks

Because 30 Rock does guest stars better than anyone.

 

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Dexter John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell

Lithgow was amazing and got a truly deserved Golden Globe. The is no reason he shouldn’t win again. He. Was. Amazing.

 

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Big Love Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant

Big Love may have gone crazy but it was still great, as Mary Kay Place has always been.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family

End of discussion.

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Dexter

Lost

Mad Men

Lost ended in a stunning way but the other three offered much stronger seasons. So hard to choose.

Comedy Series

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

There was no better place for World Cup coverage this year, and never will be for any type of news.

 

Outstanding Children’s Program

Wizards Of Waverly Place

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. This is no Hannah Montana.

 

Outstanding Nonfiction Special

Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story

Watch it any way you can. No man is more inspirational. I reckon you’d cry.

 

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Modern Family • Pilot

The Office • Niagara

30 Rock • Anna Howard Shaw Day

30 Rock • Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter

I’m letting 30 Rock into the competition here as it really is amazing, though I’d like other shows to win occasionally.

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Lost • The End

Mad Men • Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency

Mad Men • Shut The Door. Have A Seat.

The finale of Lost was brilliant. Every episode of Mad Men was too.