The 2010 Primetime Emmy Nominees
Last year, there were some notable surprises in various Emmy categories. Few people expected to see both Big Love and Breaking Bad in the Drama Series division. Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) beat out her co-star, January Jones, to compete in the Lead Actress in a Drama category. Weeds finally made the Comedy Series shortlist. And Flight of the Conchords not only earned a Comedy Series mention for its second and, unfortunately, final season, but Jemaine Clement was nominated in the Lead Actor category.
Outside of the aforementioned instances, however, not too many other nominations caught people off-guard (Family Guy earning a Comedy Series nod, while not 100% guaranteed, was expected). This year? Oh, there were a LOT of suprises. Some of them were good. Others, not so much.
So, here is the list (in 26 categories) of the newly-named 62nd Primetime Emmy nominees. Below, I've indicated how well I did with each category. I've never had the same kind of luck in predicting the Emmys as I've had with the Oscars. Overall, though, I think I did a pretty good job this time around.
COMEDY SERIES - 5 out of 6 correct
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Modern Family
- Nurse Jackie* --- I picked How I Met Your Mother
- The Office
- 30 Rock
-The only real surprise here is Nurse Jackie making the cut. I don't remember seeing any other prognasticators calling this. I haven't watched a full episode yet, but the few bits I've caught of the show didn't really impress me. I'm willing to try again, though. I had heard from several people (including some commentors on this very site) that The Office was terrible this season. Even so, guess Emmy voters thought it was still better than The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Family Guy, How I Met Your Mother and Weeds.
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 5 out of 6 correct
- The Big Bang Theory (JIM PARSONS)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (LARRY DAVID)
- Glee (MATTHEW MORRISON)* --- I picked Charlie Sheen
- Monk (TONY SHALHOUB)
- The Office (STEVE CARELL)
- 30 Rock (ALEC BALDWIN)
-No surprises here. While I didn't pick Matthew Morrison, I was hoping I wasn't alone in thinking his nomination was undeserved. Don't get me wrong: I don't think he's terrible on the show. But awards-worthy? Nah.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 5 out of 6 correct
- Glee (LEA MICHELE)
- The New Adventures of Old Christine (JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS)
- Nurse Jackie (EDIE FALCO)
- Parks and Recreation (AMY POEHLER)* --- I picked Mary-Louise Parker
- 30 Rock (TINA FEY)
- The United States of Tara (TONI COLLETTE)
-I resisted initially, but as today's nominations drew closer, I knew Glee's buzz was going to hold steady, and that meant Lea Michele would make the cut. Few people thought Julia Louis-Dreyfus would earn one last mention for Christine, but Emmy voters like her, and when they like people, they give them goodbye nods. Amy Poehler getting in wasn't a huge surprise, but I was hoping Mary-Louise Parker would get some love for what she does on Weeds. The lack of attention for that show has me thinking the television voting body has had their fill of it. I know a few people thought Courtney Cox-Arquette might get in for Cougar Town. Look at her history: 0 for 10 for Friends. The message is pretty clear: Emmy voters do not like her. At all.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 4 out of 6 correct
- Glee (CHRIS COLFER)* --- I picked Jeremy Piven
- How I Met Your Mother (NEIL PATRICK HARRIS)
- Modern Family (TY BURRELL)
- Modern Family (JESSE TYLER FERGUSON)* --- I picked Rainn Wilson
- Modern Family (ERIC STONESTREET)
- Two and a Half Men (JON CRYER)
-Well, this is telling for a few reasons. (1) They really, really liked Glee. I mean, did anyone think Chris Colfer would get in, over The Office's Rainn Wilson no less? While I've grown tired of the show, I will admit that Colfer was great on it, and this is a pleasant surprise. (2) Voters also really, really liked Modern Family. I'm happy with who they picked, but honestly, I think the un-nominated Rico Rodriguez might be the funniest person on the show. (3) Entourage, at least as far as the television academy is concerned, is no longer cool.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 3 out of 6 correct
- Glee (JANE LYNCH)
- Modern Family (JULIE BOWEN)* --- I picked Cheryl Hines
- Modern Family (SOFIA VERGARA)* --- I picked Vanessa Williams
- Saturday Night Live (KRISTEN WIIG)
- 30 Rock (JANE KRAKOWSKI)
- Two and a Half Men (HOLLAND TAYLOR)* --- I picked Elizabeth Perkins
-Nothing too alarming here, although I'm a little surprised Vanessa Williams, who never won for her role in Ugly Betty, didn't get a final mention. I knew I should have picked, at the very least, either Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara, but I figured veterans Williams and Weeds' Elizabeth Perkins had better chances.
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES - 3 out of 6 correct
- Glee (NEIL PATRICK HARRIS)
- Glee (MIKE O'MALLEY)* --- I picked Harvey Fierstein
- Modern Family (FRED WILLARD)
- Nurse Jackie (ELI WALLACH)
- 30 Rock (WILL ARNETT)* --- I picked Jon Hamm (SNL)
- 30 Rock (JON HAMM)* --- I picked Carl Reiner
-Neil Patrick Harris' nomination here probably bodes well for him finally winning Supporting Actor for Mother. I will say that Mike O'Malley was terrific on Glee, and he definitely deserves the mention. The surprises? Neither of the frontrunners going into this made the cut. Two and a Half Men's Carl Reiner was on virtually everyone's list, and Jon Hamm seemed destined to earn his first trophy for his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES - 4 out of 7 correct
- The Big Bang Theory (CHRISTINE BARANSKI)* --- I picked Kathleen Turner
- Desperate Housewives (KATHRYN JOOSTEN)* --- I picked Catherine O'Hara
- Glee (KRISTEN CHENOWETH)
- Saturday Night Live (TINA FEY)
- Saturday Night Live (BETTY WHITE)
- 30 Rock (ELAINE STRITCH)
- Two and a Half Men (JANE LYNCH)*
-A lot of familiar faces here (Baranski, Joosten, Fey, Stritch). Clearly, voters think Jane Lynch is funny in anything she does (she is). Betty White's still the frontrunner. Too bad Californication's Kathleen Turner and Curb's Catherine O'Hara missed out. Both were very funny.
DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 3 out of 5 correct
- Glee (Pilot)
- Glee ("Wheels")
- Modern Family (Pilot)
- Nurse Jackie (Pilot)* --- I picked Curb's "Seinfeld"
- 30 Rock ("I Do Do")* --- I picked 30 Rock's "Anna Howard Shaw Day"
-Nothing too amazingly shocking here, although it's rare that any year Curb Your Enthusiasm qualifies for Emmy contention, it doesn't land a directing nod.
WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES - 4 out of 5 correct
- Glee (Pilot)* --- I picked Modern Family's "Fizbo"
- Modern Family (Pilot)
- The Office ("Niagara")
- 30 Rock ("Anna Howard Shaw Day")
- 30 Rock ("Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter")
-I knew that whether it deserved it or not, Glee would be nominated here. I just didn't know who to kick out.
DRAMA SERIES - 4.5 out of 6 correct
- Breaking Bad
- The Good Wife
- Mad Men
- True Blood --- I picked Big Love
-A lot of people seem to think the drama category is going to be a fight between Lost and Mad Men. That's probably true, but Dexter is starting to grow on people, and it's definitely good enough to start earning some big wins. I give myself half credit for The Good Wife since I picked it as a backup if there were 7 nominees. One of the biggest surprises of the night was True Blood getting in here. I thought the guy was about to say Treme, which would have made me pretty estatic, but I do like Blood. I'm glad voters actually watched House this season and recognized how mediocre it has become.
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 4 out of 6 correct
- Breaking Bad (BRYAN CRANSTON)
- Dexter (MICHAEL C. HALL)
- Friday Night Lights (KYLE CHANDLER)* --- I picked Bill Paxton
- House (HUGH LAURIE)
- Lost (MATTHEW FOX)* --- I picked Simon Baker
- Mad Men (JON HAMM)
-You won't believe me, but I actually had a dream last night that Kyle Chandler got nominated. I also dreamt my room turned into a giant chocolate smore. I'm glad that if only one of those came true, it was the former. Can you say "FINALLY!" Why is this Chandler's first nomination for the brillaint, brillaint work he does on Friday Night Lights? Well, at least the day has finally come. I'm not one of those who thinks that Matthew Fox was insanely overdue for a nomination, but man, he was so good in the Lost finale, he really deserved this. Now if only Chandler or Michael C. Hall could pull off a win. . .
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 5 out of 6 correct
- The Closer (KYRA SEDGEWICK)
- Damages (GLENN CLOSE)
- Friday Night Lights (CONNIE BRITTON)* --- I picked Sally Field
- The Good Wife (JULIANNA MARGULIES)
- Law & Order: SVU (MARISKA HARGITAY)
- Mad Men (JANUARY JONES)
-My God, what got into Emmy voters this year? Kyle Chandler AND Connie Britton? You'd think they might have actually, you know, watched the show or something. Well, it's about time the best husband and wife on television got some loving. Comes a little late (and I'm sure guilt had something to do with it), but better late than never. And it's good both got nominated. You can't mention one without the other. In other news, nice to see January Jones' name show up here.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 5 out of 6 correct
- Breaking Bad (AARON PAUL)
- Damages (MARTIN SHORT)
- Lost (MICHAEL EMERSON)
- Lost (TERRY O'QUINN)
- Mad Men (JOHN SLATTERY)
- Men of a Certain Age (ANDRE BRAUGHER)* --- I picked John Goodman
-Pretty much as expected, except Treme's most likely to succeed, John Goodman, is absent. Oh Emmy voters. When will you ever "get" David Simon's stuff? Nonetheless, I'm never disappointed to see Andre Braugher show up to the party. I love watching Michael Emerson on Lost, but Goodman should have replaced him. He was barely in the final season, and everything on the show was severely overshadowed by Terry O'Quinn.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 3 out of 6 correct
- Burn Notice (SHARON GLESS)* --- I picked Chloe Sevigny
- Damages (ROSE BYRNE)
- The Good Wife (CHRISTINE BARANSKI)
- The Good Wife (ARCHIE PANJABI)* --- I picked Sandra Oh
- Mad Men (CHRISTINA HENDRICKS)* --- I picked Chandra Wilson
- Mad Men (ELISABETH MOSS)
-Can you even remember an Emmys ceremony that didn't include Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson? Despite the good word on the Grey's Anatomy finale, I guess voters wanted to look elsewhere for nominations. Bit of a shock that Big Love's Chloe Sevigny didn't make the cut, particularly after winning the Golden Globe earlier this year. The biggest surprise here is definitely Archie Panjabi. I heard she was good, but I didn't think the Emmys would actually take notice.
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES - 3 out of 7 correct
- The Closer (BEAU BRIDGES)
- Damages (TED DANSON)
- Dexter (JOHN LITHGOW)
- The Good Wife (DYLAN BAKER)
- The Good Wife (ALAN CUMMING)
- Mad Men (ROBERT MORSE)
- 24 (GREGORY ITZIN)
-MHayes, you were absolutely right about me not including Gregory Itzin on my month-in-advance drama picks. Good call. While I'm glad Chandler and Britton finally got noticed for FNL, how did Zach Gilford manage to get overlooked? I've seen Alan Cumming and Robert Morse's guest turns, and Gilford was better. I guess we can't expect voters to make all the right decisions at one time, but this one is a little stupid.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2 out of 6 correct
- Big Love (MARY KAY PLACE)* --- I picked Debra Winger
- Big Love (SISSY SPACEK)
- The Cleaner (SHIRLEY JONES)* --- I picked Isabelle Huppert
- Damages (LILY TOMLIN)
- Law & Order: SVU (ANN-MARGRET)* --- I picked Sharon Stone
- Lost (ELIZABETH MITCHELL)* --- I picked Mary McDonnell
-Megavitamin, you were right to be cautious about Sharon Stone's chances. Of course, I rarely watch Law & Order: SVU, so I don't really know who's actually good and who everybody says is. Still, pretty rare not to see at least three SVU ladies show up here. Happy Mary Kay Place got noticed. She's always great on Big Love.
DIRECTING IN A DRAMA SERIES - 2 out of 5 correct
- Breaking Bad ("One Minute")* --- I picked The Good Wife's pilot
- Dexter ("The Getaway")* --- I picked House's "Broken"
- Lost ("The End")
- Mad Men ("Guy Walks Into An Ad Agency")* --- I picked "The Grown Ups"
- Treme ("Do You Know What It Means [Pilot]")
-I don't think much is standing in the way of Lost walking home with this, and it should. I really enjoyed Mad Men's nominated episode, but I felt "The Grown Ups" benefited from a fantastic directing job.
WRITING IN A DRAMA SERIES - 4 out of 5 correct
- Friday Night Lights ("The Son") --- I picked Treme's pilot
- The Good Wife (Pilot)
- Lost ("The End")
- Mad Men ("Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency")
- Mad Men ("Shut the Door. Have a Seat.")
-I really like this lineup. Swap out The Good Wife for Treme's pilot episode, and it's perfect.
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE - 4 out of 6 correct
- Endgame* --- I picked When Love is Not Enough
- Georgia O'Keefe
- The Special Relationship
- Temple Grandin
- You Don't Know Jack
-The major thing here isn't so much who got nominated, but that the academy decided to pick six movies instead of five. In terms of who will win come August, that's going to be between Temple Grandin and You Don't Know Jack.
MINISERIES - 1 out of 2 correct
- The Pacific
- Return to Cranford* --- I picked Emma
-Well, at least I knew it'd be The Pacific up against one of those costume dramas.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 3 out of 5 correct
- A Dog Year (JEFF BRIDGES)* --- I picked William Hurt
- The Prisoner (IAN McKELLEN)
- The Special Relationship (DENNIS QUAID)
- The Special Relationship (MICHAEL SHEEN)* --- I picked Jeremy Irons
- You Don't Know Jack (AL PACINO)
-Jeremy Irons seemed like a lock for Georgia O'Keefe, but I guess voters thought he was overacting. I haven't seen the film (and I don't really want to), but Irons looked a little ridiculous with that giant Mark Twain mustache. I'm a Michael Sheen fan(watch THE DAMNED UNITED, I say!), but he wasn't particularly memorable in The Special Relationship. Dennis Quaid, on the other hand, was a lot of fun to watch.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 5 out of 5 correct
- Capturing Mary (MAGGIE SMITH)
- Georgia O'Keefe (JOAN ALLEN)
- Return to Cranford (DAME JUDI DENCH)
- The Special Relationship (HOPE DAVIS)
- Temple Grandin (CLAIRE DANES)
-Well, at least I have one category that I knew perfectly well. Claire Danes should have this in the bag. I bet if Helen McCrory had gone supporting (like she should have) instead of competing with Hope Davis, she would have gotten a nod for The Special Relationship.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 4 out of 5 correct
- Endgame (MICHAEL GAMBON)
- Hamlet (PATRICK STEWART)
- Return to Cranford (JONATHAN PRYCE)* --- I picked Danny Huston
- Temple Grandin (DAVID STRATHAIRN)
- You Don't Know Jack (JOHN GOODMAN)
-I have yet to watch it, but I heard Danny Huston was great in You Don't Know Jack. Better than John Goodman, even. Guess not. As I've stated before, I have no clue who the frontrunner is here.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 3 out of 5 correct
- Alice (KATHY BATES)
- Temple Grandin (CATHERINE O'HARA)* --- I picked Tyne Daly
- Temple Grandin (JULIA ORMOND)* --- I picked Imelda Staunton
- You Don't Know Jack (SUSAN SARANDON)
- You Don't Know Jack (BRENDA VACCARO)
-I should have known at least one of the ladies from Temple Grandin would get in, but then again, I haven't seen any of these. I'm guessing either Susan Sarandon or Brenda Vaccaro is tipped to win.
DIRECTING IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 4 out of 5 correct
- Georgia O'Keefe (BOB BALABAN)
- The Pacific - Part 8 (DAVID NUTTER; JEREMY PODESWA)
- The Pacific - Part 9 (TIM VAN PATTEN)* --- I picked The Special Relationship
- Temple Grandin (MICK JACKSON)
- You Don't Know Jack (BARRY LEVINSON)
-Double nominations would seem to suggest that The Pacific has the edge here, but I could see Temple Grandin or You Don't Know Jack winning, too.
WRITING IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE - 4 out of 5 correct
- The Pacific - Part 8 (M. ASHFORD; R. SCHENKKAN)* --- I picked Emma
- The Pacific - Part 10 (BRUCE C. McKENNA; ROBERT SCHENKKAN)
- The Special Relationship (PETER MORGAN)
- Temple Grandin (CHRISTOPHER MONGER; MERRITT JOHNSON)
- You Don't Know Jack (ADAM MAZER)
-Peter Morgan did a great job with The Special Relationship. Hopefully I'll see some of the others before the awards ceremony, but for now, I'm hoping he wins.
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