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2009 Emmy predictions: Find out who will win!

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emmy-picks_lNot to toot my own horn, but I was pretty much the only person on the planet to predict that Brian Cranston would win the Emmy last year for Breaking Bad. Bear that in mind as you peruse my 2009 picks. Remember though, If you use any of the info below in your office pool, I’m legally entitled to receive 20 percent of the jackpot. Also keep in mind this is who/what I think will win, not necessarily who I want to win.

BEST COMEDY SERIES

Entourage

Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

*30 Rock

Weeds

* Barring a Family Guy upset, Emmy voters will go to there again with Tina Fey’s rollicking (albeit increasingly uneven) satire.

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords

*Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

* Parsons was never better than in the Christmas episode in which a emotionally defective Sheldon hugged Penny after she gives him the best Christmas gift ever: a napkin drenched in Leonard Nimoy’s DNA. Wisely, that’s the one he submitted to Emmy voters.

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine

*Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program

* Let’s face it, this is essentially a two-way race between Fey and Applegate. My gut is telling me voters will pick the one whose show wasn’t canceled.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Kevin Dillon, Entourage

*Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock

Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock

Rainn Wilson, The Office

With Emmy hog Jeremy Piven out of the running, the last remaining obstacle standing in the way of Harris and that gold statue has been cleared.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds

Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

*Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

* Once the election ended, SNL essentially morphed into a one-woman show starring Wiig. It helps that said one-woman show was freakin’ hilarious.

BEST DRAMA SERIES

Big Love

Breaking Bad

Damages

Dexter

House

Lost

*Mad Men

* My heart says Big Love, but my mind knows better: Mad Men‘s stellar sophomore season will translate into a second consecutive win.

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Simon Baker, The Mentalist

Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

*Hugh Laurie, House

* Dr. Crabby’s descent into madness should give voters ample reason to hand Laurie his first-ever Emmy. That said, a repeat win by Cranston would so not surprise me.

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

*Glenn Close, Damages

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU

Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

* Even a subpar season of Damages can’t change this one simple fact: Close’s consistently riveting performances makes her virtually unbeatable.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal

Michael Emerson, Lost

William Hurt, Damages

* Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

William Shatner, Boston Legal

John Slattery, Mad Men

* It takes a formidable actor to go toe-to-toe with Bryan Cranston. This season, Paul proved himself to be exactly that. Voters would have to be high to disagree.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Rose Byrne, Damages

Hope Davis, In Treatment

Cherry Jones, 24

Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

Dianne Wiest, In Treatment

* Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

* Wilson brought her A-game this year as Bailey faced upheaval in her personal and professional lives. Plus, you’ll never hear her bitching about the long hours!

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM

* The Amazing Race

American Idol

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

Top Chef

* Amazing Race has never lost in this category. I’d be a fool to start betting against it now.

Who do you think will grab the gold this Sunday? Consider the comments section your own personal Emmy ballot!

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