Monday, September 12, 2011

2011 Emmy Predictions: Supporting Actresses

Emmy Week has already begun here on Please Welcome Your Judges, but the real fun starts now: it's time to predict!

Predicting who/what the TV Academy will vote for is a seemingly impossible task. They always seem to snub some of the most deserving nominees and go for some puzzling choices, but let's try to reason with the crazies anyway. All this week, I'll be breaking down my predictions in each of the major acting and series categories, finishing it off with my full predictions ballot at the end of the week.

Today, let's look at the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live 

It's hard to argue against returning winner Jane Lynch. Say what you will about Glee's sophomore season, but she was always at the top of her game—especially in her submission episode, "Funeral." Of course, this is one of the strongest categories of the year, so she will be going up against some pretty stiff competition from the other five nominees. If the Academy (and the world) still have Betty White Fever it could easily go her way, but the same could be said for Kristen Wiig, whose Bridesmaids success probably has her at the top of many lists this year. I think Lynch's toughest competition—rightfully so—will come from the ladies of Modern Family. And if we're being honest here, my vote would go toward Sofia Vergara for the win this year for two seasons' worth of hilarity as Gloria. I said it would be hard to argue against Lynch... I didn't say it'd be impossible.

Should & Will Win: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Should Have Been Nominated: Busy Philipps, Cougar Town

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Margo Martindale, Justified
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife 

My knowledge of the comedies far exceeds that of the dramas, but let's give this a whirl. Archie Panjabi was a surprise winner at last year's Emmys and this category has a history of going for the unexpected, so don't be surprised if Kelly Macdonald triumphs over this field of veterans, especially if Boardwalk Empire comes in to sweep the show. The fact that Christina Hendricks remains Emmy-less for her portrayal of Joan on Mad Men is mind-boggling, but I wouldn't expect to see it happen this year (we'll talk about Mad Men's overall lack of acting awards in a few days). All of the hype is for Justified's Martindale, and I'm predicting that the hype will actually count for something this year.

Should Win: Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Will Win: Margo Martindale, Justified
Should Have Been Nominated: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy

So there you have it. The first predictions have been made; the gauntlet has been thrown down. Who do you think should and will take home the Emmy in these two categories, and who was snubbed out of a nomination? And don't forget to come back tomorrow when I boldly predict the winners in the supporting actor categories.

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