Not 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
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
* 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
* 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
Dancing With The Stars
* 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!