OUTSTANDING COMEDY (Ally McBeal; Frasier; The Larry Sanders Show; Seinfeld; 3rd Rock From the Sun)
Who Will Win Frasier, for a deserved (but undaring) record-breaking fifth year
Who Should Win Always the backbiting bridesmaid, Sanders
Overlooked Repeat after me: ”Everybody Loves Raymond is consistently the best sitcom on TV.”
OUTSTANDING DRAMA (ER; Law & Order; NYPD Blue; The Practice; The X-Files)
Will Win ER
Should Win The Practice (would it kill them to reward new blood?)
Overlooked Tom Fontana, whose Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz rock our perp-infested world
OUTSTANDING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES Michael J. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow, Paul Reiser, Garry Shandling
Will Win Two-time winner Grammer
Should Win Five-time loser Shandling (although we’d miss his annual post-defeat psychotherapy riff)
Overlooked Ray Romano, for crying out loud!
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES Kirstie Alley, Ellen DeGeneres, Jenna Elfman, Calista Flockhart, Helen Hunt, Patricia Richardson
Will Win Calista ”The Emmy Weighs More Than I Do” Flockhart
Should Win Jenna ”I Could Make a Hallmark Ad Funny” Elfman
Overlooked At the risk of boring you, does Raymond‘s Patricia Heaton ring a bell?
OUTSTANDING ACTOR, DRAMA Andre Braugher, David Duchovny, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits
Will Win Academy darling (he’s already won three times) Franz
Should Win Braugher, in recognition of six sizzling seasons
Overlooked The coolly capable Dylan McDermott
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS, DRAMA Gillian Anderson, Roma Downey, Christine Lahti, Julianna Margulies, Jane Seymour
Will Win The undeniably enchanting Margulies
Should Win Anderson, who after winning last year was just as exquisite this season
Overlooked Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar kicks ass in more ways than one.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY Jason Alexander, Phil Hartman, David Hyde Pierce, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn
Will Win Hartman (nothing tugs the heartstrings like posthumous plaudits)
Should Win Alexander. Finally the spotlight-stealing, less-deserving Michael Richards isn’t in the running and now Hartman’s a lock. (George gets the screwgie once again!)
Overlooked Raymond‘s Brad Garrett and Peter Boyle, NewsRadio‘s Andy Dick, Spin City‘s Alan Ruck and Michael Boatman, not to mention little Bobby from King of the Hill
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY Christine Baranski, Kristen Johnston, Lisa Kudrow, Jane Leeves, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Will Win Multiple nominee and one-time winner Louis-Dreyfus
Should Win Kudrow’s ditsy Phoebe should be a no-brainer.
Overlooked Jennifer Aniston, who’s so much more than a hairdo
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA Gordon Clapp, Hector Elizondo, Steven Hill, Eriq La Salle, Noah Wyle
Will Win La Salle (you think it’s easy being that morose week after week?)
Should Win Wyle (he’s so darn cute — okay, talented)
Overlooked Every guy behind bars in Oz, and every guy trying to put guys like them behind bars in Homicide
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA Kim Delaney, Laura Innes, Camryn Manheim, Della Reese, Gloria Reuben
Will Win ER‘s Reuben — her heartbreaking, Green Day-themed arc with doomed Scott Anspaugh was to die for.
Should Win Sure, Reuben is deserving, but we’ve got a soft spot for The Practice‘s Manheim.
Overlooked Callie Thorne, Homicide‘s streetwise detective, and Kelli Williams, The Practice‘s resident shark-in-training
OUTSTANDING WRITING, COMEDY Ally McBeal‘s ”Theme of Life”; Ellen‘s ”Emma”; Frasier‘s ”The Ski Lodge”; Larry Sanders‘ ”Flip”; Larry Sanders‘ ”Putting the Gay Back in Litigation”
Will Win ”Theme of Life”; the Academy will salute the hardest-working writer in TV (Ally‘s David E. Kelley).
Should Win ”The Ski Lodge,” a piece of door-slamming, gut-busting perfection
Overlooked Raymond‘s ”The Letter,” featuring family fallout from Deborah’s brutally honest missive to buttinsky Marie
OUTSTANDING WRITING, Drama Homicide‘s ”The Subway”; NYPD Blue‘s ”Lost Israel”; NYPD Blue‘s ”Lost Israel—Part II”; The Practice‘s ”Betrayal”; The X-Files‘ ”The Post-Modern Prometheus”
Will Win ”The Subway,” a tour de force for Braugher and guest star Vincent D’Onofrio
Should Win ”The Subway”
Overlooked X-Files‘ hilarious vampire caper ”Bad Blood”