that Vanessa L. Williams will take home the statuette for four awesome seasons of Ugly Betty for a little while longer. We’ve already discussed our hopes and dreams for unlikely nominees in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress divisions, as well as our out-of-left-field choices for Best Comedy and Drama series. Now let’s turn our attention to the Lead Actor and Actress races. I’ll get the party started:We’re less than 12 hours away from the 2010 Emmy Nominations announcement, and I’m feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve. A kid who is gonna be quickly disappointed to open umpteen boxes of socks, but still… Let me hold on to my feelings of unbridled optimism
Regina King, Southland: Didn’t get a nod last year, even though she should’ve. This year, her Det. Lydia Adams struggled to connect with potential new partners while her main man was laid up in a hospital bed, and King’s work was as evocative and subtle as ever. Probably too subtle for voters who fancy ham sandwiches, but still…
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries: Yeah, his CW series has its slight moments, but Somerhalder’s impishly sexy performance could never be described as such. Even during the teen-angstiest moments of the vampire-girl-vampire triangle, he’s absolutely riveting. You could almost say he sucks all the blood out of the room.
Portia de Rossi, Better Off Ted: Hey, if Lisa Kudrow could score an Emmy nod for her brilliant-but-canceled The Comeback, shouldn’t de Rossi get similar love for her legendary — yes, legendary, people! — performance as icy, obtuse Veronica Palmer?
John Corbett, United States of Tara: On a show that could get frequent flier miles for its flights of fancy, Corbett’s performance as long-suffering Max is terrifically grounded. Just because he doesn’t have the movie-star-slumming-on-the-small-screen cred of Toni Collette doesn’t mean he’s not Emmy-worthy.
Okay, it’s your turn. Tell us which non-traditional nominees you’d like to see for Best Actor and Actress (Comedy and/or Drama). Remember, the best argued snubs could wind up as EWwy nominees next month!