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Who Will & Who Should Win An Emmy

September 18th, 2008 9:22am EDT | Andrew Payne By: Andrew Payne
30 RockAh, the Emmys, the most entertaining awards show and often the most frustrating. Why is it so frustrating? Because the voters get it wrong. They get the winners wrong more often than casual sports bettors. In fact, they get it so wrong that predicting the winners is often a fool's errand since it's impossible to determine what will strike the Academy's fancy as the reasons for their choices are as mystifying as the results.

Luckily, Starpulse.com has one such fool. So it's time for a round of everybody's favorite game: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

Best Comedy Series Nominees

"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Entourage"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"
"Two and a Half Men"

Who Will and Should Win:

"30 Rock" is the funniest show on TV and it doesn't even have any close competition for that honor. Plus, it has more buzz than any of its competitors. Its win is more assured in this category than Tracy Jordan's porn video game becoming a best-seller.

Best Drama Series Nominees

"Boston Legal"
"Damages"
"Dexter"
"House"
"Mad Men"
"Lost"

Who Will Win:

It leads in nominations, it leads in buzz and it leads in good will. There's no stopping "Mad Men" from taking home the Emmy.

Who Should Win:

Hard to disparage the brilliant "Mad Men" but a little show called "Lost" just finished its best season in a dizzying blur that stole each viewer's breath weekly. Each episode was an event, impeccably acted and beautifully written. It beats "Mad Men" for the most deserving prize at the tape.

Mad Men




Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

Ted Danson - "Damages"
Michael Emerson - "Lost"
Zeljko Ivanek - "Damages"
William Shatner - "Boston Legal"
John Slattery - "Mad Men"

Who Will Win:

While the Academy has a perplexing history of showing tremendous adoration for "Boston Legal", it seems that show has been replaced in their hearts by the nominee-leading "Mad Men". That makes this Slattery's award to lose for his tight portrayal of Roger Sterling on AMC's breakout series.

Who Should Win:

A very close call, the two mentioned above are certainly worthy, but the race should come down to Emerson and Danson. It's hard not to want to shower Emerson with awards for his Machiavellian portrayal of the "Lost" arch-villain Benjamin Linus, but Danson was so deliciously over-the-top in a way that actually fit the tone of his series. It's virtually impossible to chew scenery and not give the audience indigestion, but Danson pulled off that feat all season. The award should be is.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Nominees

Rachel Griffiths - "Brothers and Sisters"
Candice Bergen - "Boston Legal"
Sandra Oh - "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest - "In Treatment
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy"

Who Will Win:

It's that old "Boston Legal" thing again as Candice Bergen looks to steamroll the competition here. Griffiths is underappreciated, the "Grey's" girls cancel each other out and nobody saw "In Treatment". An easy sixth Emmy win for Bergen.

Who Should Win:

Somehow, Griffiths has never won an Emmy. Not for her five brilliant seasons as Brenda on "Six Feet Under" and not for any of her fine work in various TV movies and in her current series. She deserves an Emmy just for that, not to mention the fact that she's the best in this category.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Nominees

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"

Who Will and Should Win:

Neil Patrick Harris. The stars are aligned. He gave the best performance in this category, he has great buzz from "Dr. Horrible" and his Old Spice commercials, and nobody's seen Jeremy Piven's exuberant brilliance on "Entourage" in such a long time. Harris should nab his first Emmy and it's richly deserved.

Neil Patrick Harris



Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Kristin Chenoweth - "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler - "Saturday Night Live"
Jean Smart - "Samantha Who?"
Holland Taylor - "Two-and-a-Half Men"
Vanessa Williams - "Ugly Betty"

Who Will Win:

There's no stopping the Amy Poehler freight train here. The critics lover her, audiences love her, and showbiz loves her enough to apparently cast her in a small part in every comedy film ever released. It's a shame really, seeing as she's on a variety show and there is already a category for those. Can't the Emmys police itself enough so actors don't determine where they're selected?

Who Should Win:

A very weak crop this year since apparently nobody watches "Weeds" or "30 Rock" so Chenoweth wins by default for giving the only award-worthy performance in the group. Her sweet-as-pie lovelorn Olive was the best thing on "Pushing Daisies" and along with Chi McBride, the only reason for anyone to possibly want to tune in.

Best Actress in a Drama Nominees

Glenn Close - "Damages"
Sally Field - "Brothers & Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay - "Law & Order: SVU"
Holly Hunter - "Saving Grace"
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer"


Who Will and Should Win:

For some reason, Emmy loved the frothy "Damages". The biggest recipient of this love is certain to be its star, Glenn Close, whose tough-as-an-overcooked-porkchop performance and the duality in her actions were brilliantly played and drove the series all year, raising it above the cheesy primetime soap of its writing.

Best Actor in a Drama Nominees

Gabriel Byrne - "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall - "Dexter"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie - "House"
James Spader - "Boston Legal"


Who Will Win:

It's crazy to pick against James Spader in this category as it seems they may as well name the award after him based on his inexplicable refusal to lose here, but the "Mad Men" buzz may finally defeat him. Jon Hamm won the Golden Globe and the overwhelming support for his series should see him adding an Emmy to his mantel.

Who Should Win:

This should be impossible to choose. When a three-time Emmy winner like Spader gives the worst performance in this category you know the field is stacked. So it should be a tough decision. Luckily, Bryan Cranston made it so easy with his astonishing creation of Walter White on "Breaking Bad". This is among the best performances in the history television and relegates brilliant actors like Hall and Laurie to also-rans.

Best Actress in a Comedy Nominees

Christina Applegate - "Samantha Who?"
America Ferrera - "Ugly Betty"
Tina Fey - "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss - "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary Louise Parker - "Weeds"

Who Will Win:

Buzz normally wins out at awards shows and it's overwhelming for Tina Fey. She's got the commercials, the movies and even looks kind of like Sarah Palin. She will take home her first acting Emmy.

Who Should Win:

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss should win this award every year "Christine" is on the air. Her delightfully absent-minded lead is the best female performance in a comedy since, well, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss played Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld". She single-handedly carries the show and raises it to the level of a top sitcom.

Tina Fey



Best Actor in a Comedy Nominees

Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock"
Steve Carell - "The Office"
Lee Pace - "Pushing Daisies"
Tony Shalhoub - "Monk"
Charlie Sheen - "Two-and-a-Half Men"


Who Will and Should Win:

It's hard to think Baldwin will lose here. There's not a whole lot to get excited about in the rest of the category with a very familiar feel to three of the nominees and one who seems too new to get the honor. Also, since David Duchonvy didn't get nominated, Baldwin is the most deserving.

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 21 on ABC.

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Andrew Payne
Story by Andrew Payne
Starpulse contributing writer


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