63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…


The nominees for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced today. I watch a lot of television, but I’m no expert. Here are my picks to win the Big Awards (Acting & Show awards for Comedy and Drama). We’ll see how right – or wrong – I am when the Emmys are handed out on September 18th.


amy 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Lead Actress In A Comedy Series:

  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Laura Linney, “The Big C”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
  • Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Amy Poehler – Poehler is coming off a very strong year of support for “Parks and Recreation” and in this field I’d like to think that the Academy will recognize that. However, if the Academy stays true to form, this award will go to Falco or Linney. The Emmy sure does like to award actresses in Showtime “comedies.” Fey’s a perpetual nominee, McCarthy is riding a decent buzz from her work in Bridesmaids (but that’s not a TV show), and Plimpton just won’t have the votes.


steve 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

  • Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
  • Louis C.K., “Louie”
  • Steve Carell, “The Office”
  • Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
  • Jim Parsons, “Big Bang Theory”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Steve Carell – Always a nominee, never a winner. I said last year that Carell will get his this year after he’s left “The Office” and I’m not backing down from that. Parsons got his last year, Galecki is kind of a sympathy nomination, LeBlanc was good as “himself” but it’s not an acting stretch by any means, and Baldwin just winds up on the ballot every year out of Voter Habit. That said, how AWESOME would it be to see Louis C.K. win this award? He would hate that, and we would be better for it.


julie 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Supporting Actress In A Comedy 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”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Julie Bowen – These nominations are identical to last year, only with Betty White playing the part of Holland Taylor. Jane Lynch won last year, but will not repeat this year because she’s hosting the ceremony and there has been a lot of “Glee” backlash this year, especially with regards to Sue Sylvester. Betty White’s renaissance is over, Wiig will never win for “SNL,” and between the two “Modern Family” ladies I find Julie Bowen to be a better comedic actress than her costar Vergara.


jon 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:

  • Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • Chris Colfer, “Glee”
  • Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
  • Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
  • Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Toughest category ever. Last year I said, “I just don’t see Jon Cryer repeating his win from last year at all. They should give him a special achievement trophy for dealing with Charlie Sheen, though.” Who knew how that would all turn out, huh? I also thought that Burrell, Ferguson, and Stonestreet would cancel each other out. Stonestreet won this award anyway. Now Ed O’Neill joins this Neil Patrick Harris-less repeat field from last year and I don’t know what to do. I’m just going to spin the wheel…and call this one for Jon Cryer. Duckie For Life.


parks 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Comedy Series:

  • “30 Rock”
  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Glee”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “The Office”
  • “Parks and Recreation”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
“Parks and Recreation” – It is about damn time this series got the nod, and it deserves this award. One of the funniest shows on TV, and the fact that NBC treats it as an afterthought sometimes would make winning this award that much sweeter. Maybe “The Office” sneaks in there on the Carell Farewell, but I hope not.


moss 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Lead Actress In A Drama Series:

  • Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
  • Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
  • Mireille Enos, “The Killing”
  • Mariska Hargitay, “Law and Order SVU”
  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Elisabeth Moss – Don’t believe me? Go watch “The Suitcase” again. This is Moss’ third nomination, so she’s due anyway. Britton is a win just being nominated, Enos is a first-time nominee from a show that was critically panned, and I think Kathy Bates was nominated on a dare. Hargitay’s continued nomination in this category is beyond understanding, but I’m beginning to wonder if her name being on this list is the one thing that keeps our civilization from disintegrating.


hamm 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Lead Actor In A Drama Series:

  • Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
  • Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, “House”
  • Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Jon Hamm – With Bryan Cranston out for this cycle, it’s Hamm’s award to lose. This last season of “Mad Men” has been a clinic of amazing. Buscemi might be a favorite, but “Boardwalk Empire” isn’t the gem in HBO’s crown right now. Hall, Chandler, and Laurie are courtesy nominations. The dark horse here might be Timothy Olyphant, and if I were a betting man I’d have some side money on Raylan for sure.


margo 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

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

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Margo Martindale – Martindale’s chilling portrayal of Mags Bennett on “Justified” was one of the break-out characters of the year, and brought the long-time character actress into the spotlight she deserves. I can just as easily see Archie Panjabi repeat her win from last year, and see Hendricks winning on the Hamm/Moss wave, but Margo Martindale EARNED this. The voters would be foolish to deny that.


dinklage 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

  • Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age”
  • Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
  • Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
  • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Walton Goggins, “Justified”
  • John Slattery, “Mad Men”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
Peter Dinklage – How can he not win? Dinklage is the only acting nomination for “Game of Thrones” (and out of that cast, this is both surprising and incredible). I could pontificate about the other nominees, but the fact of the matter is that Tyrion Lannister slaps them all in the face.


madmen 150x150 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: Elwood Says…Drama Series:

  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Dexter”
  • “Friday Night Lights”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “The Good Wife”
  • “Mad Men”

Elwood’s Winner Is:
“Mad Men” – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’ll see “Mad Men” go 4-for-4 in September. Smoke?

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