Image Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Mitch Haddad/ABC; Michael Ansell/Warner Bros.The 2010 Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles, and while newcomers like Glee, Modern Family, and The Good Wife are all considered front-runners in their respective categories, you know there’ll also be plenty of groan-inducing kudos for series and actors who’ve passed their prime — or maybe never reached it in the first place. After all, it’s the Emmys, and outrage over snubs is as an important part of the process as rooting for Vanessa L. Williams in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy division celebrating what voters got right.
With that in mind, we thought we could take some time this week to discuss our left-field picks for potential nominations across 10 major categories, starting right now with Best Supporting Actor and Actress in the Comedy and Drama divisions. I’ll get the party started, then you hit the comments section with your own longshot favorites. Be sure to explain your choices, too — we’ll pick your best-argued eventual snubs as nominees for EW.com’s third annual EWwy Awards later this summer.
* Wanda Sykes, New Adventures of Old Christine: She suffered not one, but two cancellations this past season (Old Christine as well as her titular Fox comedy show) but her laughs-per-line ratio as Christine’s BFF Barb was perhaps higher than any actor on television this season.
* Josh Hopkins, Cougar Town: In the course of one season, his smarmy cul-de-sac ladykiller became viable leading-man material…without ever fumbling a punch line.
* Martin Short, Damages: The more desperate his not-so-well-heeled attorney Leonard Winstone got, the more nuanced and delectable Short’s performance became.
* Arija Bareikis, Southland: Scored less buzz than some of her bigger-named ensemble castmates, but Bareikis was brilliant as a beat cop who’d lost her nerve following an embarrassing YouTube debacle. Her redemption in the season finale was as affecting as it was thrilling.
* I’d also throw some love to: Busy Philipps in Cougar Town; Michael Urie in Ugly Betty (last call for Emmy love for his brilliantly funny, subtly moving work as Marc St. James); Katie Cassidy in Melrose Place (okay, preposterous, but somehow she managed to be awesome in a show that was consistently awful); and Jorge Garcia in Lost (never my favorite on this series, but he did some fantastic work in “Everybody Loves Hugo” this past season).