Emmys: Favorite Performers in Drama

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NOTE: As of this post, we are just one week away from the Primetime Emmy Award nominations!

As I mentioned in my last Emmy post, the Drama category has greatly improved versus seasons past, but I don’t expect a gigantic change in the performing categories. First, lets begin with the actors. For Outstaning Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Cranston is out of consideration this year, so someone new will get the Emmy this year, and god willing, it will be Kyle Chandler (DirecTV/NBC’s Friday Night Lights), but I’m also hoping that Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified) gets one as well for his outstanding performance as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Others likely to get nominated are Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s Dexter), and a new entry, Steve Buscemi (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). Another newcomer to the category could be Peter Krause (NBC’s Parenthood,) who critics say had a monumental season on the show, and Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) who pleased viewers and critics alike on the most anticipated new series of 2011. One more thing: Remember this name, William H. Macy (Showtime’s Shameless), you might hear it.

For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, there are at least two slots open for newcomers, since the guys from ABC’s Lost (Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn) are obviously out of contention. Expect a big change with this category, as John Noble (Fox’s Fringe), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) are very likely to get nominations. Martin Short (FX’s Damages) and Andre Braugher (TNT’s Men of a Certain Age) got nominations last year, but anything can happen, and newcomers could take over in this very vulnerable category, although this is rather unlikely. Other names that I’m just going to throw around are the guys from The Good Wife, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth, who had audiences reeling during the sophomore season of CBS’ older-skewing drama. Also, Walton Goggins (Justified) and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) could get a nomination as well.

Next: The actresses! For Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, I barely expect a change, but if I had to choose one who won’t get a nom, it would be Mariska Hargitay (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), which is becoming a more repetitive character on the show. Who could fill in her slot? I definitely hope it’s Regina King (TNT Southland) who’s performance of Detective Lydia Adams has gotten universal praise from critics and viewers alike. Some other possible candidates are Lauren Graham (NBC’s Parenthood) and Anna Torv (Fox’s Fringe). For this category, I’m going full force with support for Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights,) and no one else. Her performance on FNL is hands down the best in all of television. Also, don’t be surprised if Emmy voters flip-flop on the leading women of AMC’s Mad Men. January Jones was nominated last year, and Elisabeth Moss could possibly have her turn this year, as they both go head-to-head for the first time this year. Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly won last in when pretty much everyone (including me) thought it would be Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife, chances are she’ll win this year. Before the next category, here’s another name you might hear: Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing).

Last but not least, the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which had a pleasantly shocking winner (The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi,) but will that win hold up this year? Possibly. Competition is stiff and Panjabi’s costar Christina Baranski could steal her thunder. Margo Martindale’s incredible performance in FX’s Justified might just get her her first Emmy, and Kelly MacDonald could get a nomination; this time in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Although I don’t expect Sharon Gless from USA’s Burn Notice to get a nomination like she did last year, I do expect to see Rose Byrne get another nomination for Damages.

That was a lot of typing, but it was completely worth it! That’s a wrap of Emmy nomination analysis! Stay tuned next week as I’ll have full coverage of the 63rd Primetime Emmy nominations! I have tons of stuff in store for next week, so stick around!

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