Emmys 2011: Ken Tucker's Dream Nominees
With no new episodes of Breaking Bad this year, there's room for other dramas to duke it out. I dream of a Fringe/Game of Thrones throwdown.
A. Boardwalk Empire
C. Game of Thrones
D. The Good Wife
F. Mad Men
There's a cascade of good comedy these days; wouldn't it be nice if a few of the lower-rated laffers included here got a nod?
A. 30 Rock
D. The Middle
E. Modern Family
F. Parks and Recreation
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
As much as I want to see worthies such as Timothy Olyphant, Peter Krause, and Sean Bean nominated, I'm always mindful that Chandler (pictured) needs a win!
A. Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
B. Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
C. Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
D. Jon Hamm, Mad Men
E. Peter Krause, Parenthood
F. Timothy Olyphant, Justified
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Look at this list: A better bunch of performers is hard to imagine. It was an impressive year for women in powerful roles.
A. Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
B. Lauren Graham, Parenthood
C. Regina King, Southland
D. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
E. Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
F. Anna Torv, Fringe
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Sure, some familiar names are here, but that's only because Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin, and Jim Parsons stayed strong, with McHale (pictured) and C.K. bringing fresh eccentricity to the category.
A. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
B. Carell, The Office
C. Louis C.K., Louie
D. Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
E. Joel McHale, Community
F. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
I think this was Amy Poehler's year — giving consistently great performances — but the rest of these women are superb laugh-getters.
A. Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
B. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
C. Tina Fey, 30 Rock
D. Patricia Heaton, The Middle
E. Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
F. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
I'll bet the Academy will recognize how excellent Peter Dinklage has been, but how about some acknowledgment of John Noble's (pictured) extraordinary dual-role emoting on Fringe this season?
A. Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
B. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
C. John Noble, Fringe
D. Chris Noth, The Good Wife
E. Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire
F. John Slattery, Mad Men
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Yes, you're reading it right: Three fantastic Parks and Recreation performances deserve noms, and I'll also go to the mat for Chevy Chase, who went evil on Community.
A. Ty Burrell, Modern Family
B. Chevy Chase, Community
C. Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
D. Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
E. Chris Pratt, Parks and Recreation
F. Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
The underrated Gillian Jacobs merits more credit for Community's humor, and I consider Heather Morris (pictured) perhaps the most subtle actor working on Glee.
A. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
B. Gillian Jacobs, Community
C. Heather Morris, Glee
D. Busy Philipps, Cougar Town
E. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
F. Casey Wilson, Happy Endings
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
While the two Good Wife picks are thoroughly justifiable, even more Justified was Margo Martindale's (pictured) turn as a mean mountain mama.
A. Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
B. Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
C. Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
D. Margo Martindale, Justified
E. Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
F. Debra Winger, In Treatment