I’m not going to lie: The fact that the Emmys are only five hours away fills me with a cocktail of pure elation and nameless dread. (My use of the word “cocktail” in no way implies that I’ll be hittin’ the sauce while I live blog E!’s red-carpet pre-show and ABC’s Emmys telecast with my colleagues Mandi Bierly, Chad Schlegel, and Couture Correspondent™ Meeta Agrawal. Though if Vanessa [L. Yeah] Williams doesn’t take home the prize for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, I can’t promise I won’t numb the pain with vodka.)
But I digress! This blog post is all about the folks we’re pulling for at the Emmys tonight (check out the list of Emmy nominees in the major categories here.) I’m leading the cheering section for L. Yeah (obvs), but would also be totally stoked to see Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy) as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Lost land its rightful place as Best Drama. I fear Ivanek’s heartbreakingly subtle turn as conflicted lawyer Ray Fiske will probably be overlooked in favor of one of the more bold-faced names in his division, but perhaps Wilson will grab a trophy for the way she uses righteous fury and humor to keep Grey’s watchable even during its most irritating episodes.
Speaking of rooting interests, my colleague Michael Ausiello (be sure to try to outwit him before 8 p.m. ET in EW’s new Emmy predictions game) worked the red carpet at EW’s pre-Emmy party last night, and got House‘s Lisa Edelstein to make a case for why her co-star Hugh Laurie must win Best Actor in a Drama tonight (see video below). But Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who’s up against Laurie, is betting on a different nominee altogether. Check out his surprising pick in the video embedded after the jump, then tell us your choices (and root-against nominees) for the night’s major divisions in the comments section below.
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