Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
BUSY PHILIPPS, COUGAR TOWN
In one of the most evenly matched races on the 2010 EWwy card, Busy Philipps, who plays brash, trashy Laurie Keller on ABC’s Cougar Town, snagged the prize with 31.6 percent of the vote, beating out Ugly Betty‘s Vanessa Williams (24.1 percent) and The Office‘s Ellie Kemper (23.8 percent). Rounding out the field were Wanda Sykes from The New Adventures of Old Christine and Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
CHARLIE DAY, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA
He may play a barroom janitor on TV, but in real life he’s an EWwy winner. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day, who scores laughs as dim-witted Charlie Kelly, snagged 30.9 percent of the reader vote to defeat The Big Bang Theory‘s Kunal Nayyar (25.6 percent) and Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez (21.8 percent). They were followed by Danny Pudi (Community) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation).
Best Actress in a Comedy
COURTENEY COX, COUGAR TOWN
Emmy may have snubbed her every year she was on Friends and now for the freshman season of her hit ABC sitcom Cougar Town, but Courteney Cox had no such worries with EWwy voters, who gave her 38.9 percent of the vote to make her the overwhelming choice in this category. Runner-up Portia de Rossi (Better Off Ted) followed with 21.4 percent; Drop Dead Diva‘s Brooke Elliott, Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria Parker, and Party Down‘s Lizzy Caplan trailed.
Best Actor in a Comedy
ED O’NEILL, MODERN FAMILY
Modern Family and Cougar Town are time-slot buddies in ABC’s Wednesday-night lineup, so it’s fitting that the former show’s Ed O’Neill snagged a EWwy to serve as a bookend alongside the latter series’ Courteney Cox. O’Neill pulled off the narrowest win in this year’s EWwys: His 31.6 percent of the vote barely edged out Chuck‘s Zachary Levi (30.3 percent) and Community‘s Joel McHale (25.3 percent). Completing the order of finish were Party Down‘s Adam Scott and United States of Tara‘s John Corbett.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Gleeks may have ruled this year’s Emmy nominations, but it was geeks who reigned supreme in the EWwys’ Best Comedy race, as CBS’ The Big Bang Theory captured an overwhelming 43.4 percent of the vote. The closest finisher was Community (15.8 percent), followed by Cougar Town, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Recreation, and Ugly Betty.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
LISA EDELSTEIN, HOUSE
Here’s a prescription for the Emmys: Next time consider a nomination for House star Lisa Edelstein, who annihilated her EWwy competition with 59.8 percent of the vote. Her closest competitor? Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter, with 17.4 percent, followed by Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman, True Blood‘s Michelle Forbes, and Melrose Place‘s Katie Cassidy.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
Fox’s sophomore sensation Fringe devotes a lot of time and energy to solving unexplained phenomena, so perhaps next season the show can tackle Emmy’s disdain for cast MVP John Noble, who crushed the EWwy field with 43.9 percent of votes. Runner-up Nestor Carbonell (Lost) had 24.1 percent. Rounding out the field were Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad).
Best Actress in a Drama
EMILY DESCHANEL, BONES
You know you want to say it (just like the Fox voice-over dude says it): ”Bohhhhhnnnnzzzzz.” Yes, folks, Bones star Emily Deschanel has won her second consecutive EWwy for Best Actress in a Drama, this year destroying the competition with 56.2 percent of the vote. Katey Sagal from Sons of Anarchy was a clear runner-up, with 27.6 percent, and was followed home by Regina King (Southland), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), and Khandi Alexander (Treme).
Best Actor in a Drama
JENSEN ACKLES, SUPERNATURAL
For the second time in the EWwys’ three-year history, Jensen Ackles took home the title of Best Actor in a Drama, proving that EW.com readers are more open-minded about sci-fi (and The CW) than Emmy voters. Ackles drew 32.7 percent of the vote, enough to beat out last year’s champ, Lost‘s Josh Holloway, who had 23.7 percent. The order of finish was completed by Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), and Timothy Olyphant (Justified).
Best Drama Series
EWwy voters spread the love in 2010, distributing the 10 awards among eight different series. The only double winner on the drama side was Fringe, which captured the Best Drama statuette with 35.2 percent of the vote. Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand was the runner-up, with 21.6 percent, while NCIS ran third with 17.9 percent. Friday Night Lights, Justified, and Men of a Certain Age rounded out the order of finish.