Going into the 65th annual Emmy Awards ceremony, it's pretty easy to pick winners this year. Famous last words, I know, but it does seem easy.
"Mad Men," AMC's huge hit series is ending, this will be the second to the last time they can be nominated and win. They will be eligible next year because in 2013 they are still on the air.
Here is a link to the nominees.
Below are my choices for the wins. I am never right, but it's my job to try to pick a winner.
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men."
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series
My heart is with Kevin Spacey, but I will go with Jon Hamm for "Mad Men"
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series
Since Maggie Smith is the best of this lot of actresses (and because she was in "Harry Potter"), I choose Maggie for Downton Abbey.
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
Mandy Patinkin for "Homeland"
Outstanding guest actress in a drama series
This is a very difficult category. You have Diana Rigg, who starred in the 1960s show "The Avengers." Then she went dormant for several years until she did a guest starring role on "Dr. Who."
Jane Fonda is nominated, Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini, Margo Martindale and Carrie Preston.
I have to go with Dame Diana Rigg, no one can outclass her and no one can out act her in this particular category. We will see.
Outstanding guest actor in a drama series
Another very difficult category. Michael J. Fox vs Nathan Lane? Or will it be Harry Hamlin vs Robert Morse, (another veteran actor of great talent). I have to go with Michael J. Fox. He is Hollywood's returning golden boy and also an excellent actor that was great in "The Good Wife."
Outstanding writing for a drama series
"Breaking Bad" has two horses in this race. I do believe they will take this award.
Outstanding directing for a drama series
Michelle MacLaren has directed for "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones." However, Tim Van Patten (half brother of Dick Van Patten) director more episodes of "The Sopranos" than any other director.
I'm choosing Michelle, she's an amazing director of great talent, which doesn't mean a thing for these award shows, but I choose her.
Outstanding drama series
Gee, I would choose "The Walking Dead," but no one nominated them. Doesn't make sense to me so I choose "Mad Man" under protest.
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
Lord save us from Tina Fey, but I think she'll take it for "30 Rock."
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.
I like Jim Parson's for this award. Alex Baldwin might swoop in and take it, but I choose Jim.
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series
Jane Lynch is such a great actress and so funny on "Glee," she gets my vote.
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
Ty Burrell is just so good, but so is Ed O'Neill. I will choose Ed, but my true heart is with Ty. Bill Hader should get a special award for being so damn cute.
Outstanding guest actress in a comedy series
Melissa Leo won this award in a separate ceremony last
Outstanding guest actor in a comedy role
Bob Newhart, (finally), won this award for "The Big Bang Theory"
Outstanding comedy series
I think "Modern Family" could take this award, but HBO's "Girls" is also in contention here. I think I'll take "Modern Family."
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie
Wow, look at the talent. I love Helen Mirren, she is a class act any which way you look, so is Sigourney Weaver. However, Jessica Lange, gets the 'this is really creepy' award along with this lead actress award.
Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie
This list of actors looks like we're trying to predict the Oscars and not the Emmys. "Behind the Candelabra" is a film that received a lot of buzz and I think Michael Douglas will get the award for his part in it as Liberace.
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or a movie
Alfre Woodard has been one of my favorite actresses for a while and I think she will take this award, but any of these ladies could take it, they are all deserving. Ellen Burstyn will be hard to beat. Sarah Paulson seems to be the favorite of many critics. I will still stay with Alfre.
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie
Zachary Quinto, enough said.
Outstanding miniseries or movie
American Horror Story: Asylum. This season wasn't as good as last's, but it was damn good.
Outstanding host for a reality show
This award was given last week to Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for "Project Runway." They are a great team and deserved to win.
Outstanding reality show-competition program
I choose "Project Runway." It's a good solid show and doesn't seem to be scripted. What woman doesn't like clothes ..
There are several other categories, most of which have already been given out or are not of major note to me.
I am still stunned that "The Walking Dead" can be so good and so popular with fans and still not get a nomination for best drama series. Oh well, maybe next year.
The Emmys are on tomorrow, Sept. 23, check your local listings for time and channel. Want to go? Here is a site that has tickets to the Governor's Ball.
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