Official 2009 Emmy Nomination Predictions
The nominees for the 2009 Emmy Awards will be announced on Thursday, July 16, early in the morning (8:35 EST). I've never written an article about predicting who I think will make the cut before, so this will be a first. In the past I've always been more familiar with guessing who might end up on the ballots for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
But over the past few years, the Emmys have become much more interesting to me. It's harder to get a handle on what will happen because there is a lot of stuff out there on television. I mean, A LOT. And unlike films, where you can go see most of the movies in a theatre (give or take a few limited releases), you can't sit down and watch all of the most talked about shows. For instance, I don't have HBO, so I have no way of forming an established opinion on who deserves a nomination the most from that network. It's really just blind guessing, speculation and a lot of wishful thinking.
However, all that being said, I will attempt to correctly guess a few of the categories (31, to be exact). And my predictions read like so:
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Boston Legal, Damages, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men, 24
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.), James Spader (Boston Legal)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Glenn Close (Damages), Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Michael Emerson (Lost), William Hurt (Damages), John Mahoney (In Treatment), John Noble (Fringe), William Shatner (Boston Legal), John Slattery (Mad Men)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Candice Bergen (Boston Legal), Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy), Alison Pill (In Treatment), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment), Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES: Battlestar Galactica ("Daybreak Pt. 2"), Fringe ("Pilot"), Mad Men ("Meditations in Emergency"), The Shield ("Family Meeting"), True Blood ("Strange Love")
WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES: Battlestar Galactica ("Daybreak Pt. 2"), Damages ("I Lied, Too"), Friday Night Lights ("Hello Goodbye"), Mad Men ("Meditations in Emergency"), 24 ("Day 7: 8am-9am")
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Ed Asner (CSI: NY), Ernest Borgnine (ER), Mos Def (House, M.D.), Jimmy Smits (Dexter), Jon Voight (24)
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Brenda Blethyn (Law & Order: SVU), Ellen Burstyn (Law & Order: SVU), Susan Sarandon (ER), Cicely Tyson (Law & Order: SVU), Sigourney Weaver (Eli Stone)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Family Guy, The Office, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), David Duchovony (Californication), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?), Toni Collette (The United States of Tara), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: John Corbett (The United States of Tara), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Rainn Wilson (The Office)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies), Jane Lynch (Party Down), Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), Jean Smart (Samantha Who?), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES: Better Off Ted ("Pilot"), Entourage ("Tree Trippers"), The Office ("Weight Loss"), 30 Rock ("Reunion"), 30 Rock ("Generalissimo")
WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES: The Office ("Weight Loss"), The Office ("Company Picnic"), Pushing Daisies ("Bzzzzzzzzz!"), 30 Rock ("Reunion"), 30 Rock ("Kidney Now!")
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Alan Alda (30 Rock), Will Arnett (30 Rock), Ed Begley, Jr. (Party Down), Steve Martin (30 Rock), Justin Timberlake (Saturday Night Live)
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jennifer Aniston (30 Rock), Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Patti Lupone (30 Rock), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE: Grey Gardens, Into the Storm, Prayers for Bobby, Taking Chance, 24: Redemption
MINISERIES: Generation Kill, House of Saddam, Little Dorrit
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance), Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Kevin Kline (Cyrano de Begerac), Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption)
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens), Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens), Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel), Rosie O'Donnell (America), Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Len Cariou (Into the Storm), Tom Courtenay (Little Dorrit), Ken Howard (Grey Gardens), Ryan Kelley (Prayers for Bobby), Andy Serkis (Little Dorrit)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Shohreh Agdashloo (House of Saddam), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm), Judy Parfitt (Little Dorrit), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Grey Gardens), Cicely Tyson (Relative Stranger)
DIRECTING IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Generation Kill ("Bomb in the Garden"), Grey Gardens, Taking Chance, 24: Redemption, Wallander
WRITING IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE: Generation Kill, Grey Gardens, Into the Storm, Taking Chance, 24: Redemption
REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM: The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM: Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jeff Probst (Survivor), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Late Show with David Letterman, Real Time with Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPEICAL: Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch, Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration, Ricky Gervais: Out of England, Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House, Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America
SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM: 51st Annual Grammy Awards, 62nd Annual Tony Awards, 81st Annual Academy Awards, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, George Carlin: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
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