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
End of discussion.
Outstanding Drama Series
Lost ended in a stunning way but the other three offered much stronger seasons. So hard to choose.
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.