In anticipation of Emmy awards, two TV.com staffers, Stefanie Lee and Ilana Diamond cast their own ballots and placed high stake bets on who ought to win and who they think actually will on Sunday night.
Outstanding Drama SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Dexter
Will win: Mad Men
Season 4 of Dexter was magnificent, terrifying, emotional television—but the Emmys haven't been able to get enough of Mad Men over the past few years.
Should Win: Breaking Bad
Will win: Breaking Bad
The third season was quite possibly the best season in the history of television.
Outstanding Actor in a Dramatic SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Will win: Michael C. Hall, Dexter
You all should know by now that I'm obsessed with Michael C. Hall.
Should Win: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Will win: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Fly episode. Enough said.
Actress in a Dramatic SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Will win: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
C-Britt is way past due for an Emmy for her work as Tami Taylor, but it's common knowledge that FNL never gets any love. In all fairness, J-Marg has been doing some solid work on The Good Wife.
I'm in total agreement with Stef on this one. I love me some Tami Taylor but the appeal of Alicia Florrick seems to more be far-reaching.
Supporting Actor in a Dramatic SeriesStefanie
Should Win: John Slattery, Mad Men
Will win: Michael Emerson, Lost
No one delivers a one-liner (or wears a three-piece suit) like Slattery. But Lost might get some love in this category in the form of Emerson or even Terry O'Quinn, who is also nominated.
Should Win: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Will win: John Slattery, Mad Men
I love both of these performers, but I was floored by Aaron Paul's range. I'm betting though that no one can resist the John Slattery charm.
Supporting Actress in a Dramatic SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Will win: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
I wish Hendricks would win because she is absolutely mesmerizing, but the prize will probably go to Moss because she is in more scenes, or something.
Should Win: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Will win: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Agreed that there is no one like Christina Hendricks, but Elisabeth Moss' subtle performance as a woman staking her claim was so fantastic, that I've got to give her my vote on both counts.
Outstanding Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Modern Family
Will win: Glee
I'm not even sure why Glee is in this category—it's funny at times, but it's more often heartwrenching. Modern Family is the clear standout, but the world is wearing Glee goggles right now.
Should Win: 30 Rock
Will win: Modern Family
30 Rock (and anything Tina Fey) will always have my vote, but everybody is just crazy about Modern Family.
Actor in a Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Will win: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Parsons is hysterical. Baldwin is forever.
Should Win: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Will win: Steve Carell, The Office
I've just got a feeling that the Academy will feel inclined to award Steve Carrell before he leaves the show.
Actress in a Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Will win: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Toni Collette plays, like, twenty characters, so she just does more work than everyone else. But Edie Falco does deserve some major props for her comedic side, too. She is more than just Carmela Soprano.
Should Win: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Will win: Lea Michele, Glee
Both talented ladies, in both very different ways. The Emmy will go to Lea Michele though cause she is a totally new kind of talent on TV.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Will win:Ty Burrell, Modern Family
I love the subtle hilarity of Ferguson's performance as Mitchell Pritchett. But it's hard to compete with Phil Dunphy, yo.
Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Will win: Jane Lynch
Kristen Wiig is the only reason anyone still watches SNL. Jane Lynch, however, is a sure thing.
Same as Stef's! While I love both of these ladies, I really do think Kristen Wiig's Lawrence Welk tiny baby hands brilliance ought to be acknowledged. Though as a long time Jane Lynch fan, I'm happy that she is the obvious winner.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Mad Men, Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency
Will win: Lost, The End
I still can't get over the John Deere incident. But Lost might prevail here because, um, it ended.
Should Win: Friday Night Lights, The Son
Will win: Mad Men, Shut The Door. Have A Seat
Tough call on this one. The FNL writers handled a raw and relevant subject with grace but the season finale of Mad Men was one of the best season-enders/cliffhangers ever.
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesStefanie
Should Win: Modern Family, Pilot
Will win: Glee, Pilot
I'm still laughing about Phil Dunphy asking if Lily will be able to pronounce her name. But, again, anything that shows off Jane Lynch's badassery is a sure thing.
Should Win: 30 Rock, Anna Howard Shaw Day
Will win: Modern Family, Pilot
Any episode that celebrates the life and message of suffragette Anna Howard Shaw and lets Jon Hamm work his West Indies accent deserves to win. But, I know, everybody just looooooves Modern Family.