My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy

UPDATE:

So I didn’t get much right in these categories.
 
New Girl somehow found themselves without any nominations after magically trumping their first hilarious season (which brightened many a dreary Tuesday for me).
 
Despite being a cult hit I was surprised Arrested Development got some love with a nomination for Jason Bateman. Jim Parsons, on the other hand, was no surprise for The Big Bang Theory.
 
I fared slightly better with the comedy leading ladies, since powerhouses Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler both received nominations. I’d be thrilled if either won the Emmy (though since Louis-Dreyfus got it last year, delivering Poehler’s acceptance speech no less, I think it’s Leslie Knope’s turn for the win). Martha Plimpton should have really been recognized, too, though.
 
Here is the official nominations list.

PS Please, not Alec Baldwin again for best actor. Enough.

 

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The real Emmy nominations are announced this morning, and before I go and look them up here is what the “Lead Actor” and “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only pick six people).
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

– Garret Dillahunt (Burt Chance, Raising Hope)

– Neil Flynn (Mike Heck, The Middle)

– JAKE JOHNSON (Nick Miller, New Girl)

Jake Johnson as "Nick Miller"

– Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)

– Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreations)

– Elijah Wood (Ryan Newman, Wilfred)

 

Runner Ups:
Jason Bateman (Michael Bluth, Arrested Development)
Josh Gad (Skip Gilchrist, 1600 Penn)
Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc, Episodes)
Joel McHale (Jeff Winger, Community)
Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother)

 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

– Zooey Deschanel (Jessica Day, New Girl)

– Sutton Foster (Michelle Simms, Bunheads)

– MARTHA PLIMPTON (Virginia Chance, Raising Hope)

Martha Plimpton as "Virginia Chance"

– Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation)

– Krysten Ritter (Chloe, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23)

– Dakota Johnson (Kate Fox, Ben and Kate)

 

Runner Ups:
Mindy Kaling (Dr. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Selina Meyer, Veep)
Portia de Rossi (Lindsey Bluth Fünke, Arrested Development)
Courtney Cox (Jules Cobb, Cougar Town)

 
 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-Jake Johnson picture from here, Martha Plimpton picture from here

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama

UPDATE:

I have a chance of picking a winner for lead actress in a drama! Vera Farmiga has been nominated (and, considering Bate’s Motel only started this spring, that’s some pretty fast recognition). Now, I imagine name exposure from her role in the film, Up in the Air may have helped. The show’s origin work also happens to be a Hollywood classic. Still, a prequel to Hitchcock’s Psycho is exciting in concept but very easily botched. Attempting to bring to life a character who only ever existed as an unseen damaging influence over cinema’s infamous serial killer, Norman Bates- a bit tricky. Farmiga deserves all the attention she gets for the multiple layers she provides Norma: her version of maternal paranoia makes all the crazy situations she falls into not outrageous but great TV. Freddie Highmore may be giving a fantastic performance as well, making a new name for himself after years of successful parts as a child actor, but Norma is the Bates to watch.
 
Connie Britton also snags a nomination for a first season show. Maybe it takes revealing a powerful singing voice to bring Mrs. Coach the award she’s had coming to her for since Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose?
 
I have enjoyed Khandi Alexander’s work since ER, so am disappointed that her, and Treme in general, have been ignored.
 
Then again, Rectify, the best show of 2013, has received no attention either, so what do I know? It seems Netflix and not Sundance is going to be spotlighted for newly starting to have original content, and as a person who likes her shows on a television, not a computer, I think this is a mistake (admittedly have never seen House of Lies; simply remain on the fence about its distributor and that trepidation has, fairly or unfairly, biased me against the program at present).
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Lead Actor” and “Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only pick six people, so even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

– Bryan Cranston (Walter White, Breaking Bad)

ADEN YOUNG (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

Aden Young as "Daniel Holden"

– Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle, Castle)

– Jon Hamm (Don Draper, Mad Men)

– Wendell Pierce (Antoine Baptiste, Treme)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

 
 

Runner Ups:
David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth, Bones)
Charlie Hunnam (Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, Sons of Anarchy)
Timothy Hutton (Nathan Ford, Leverage)
Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens, Justified)
Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody, Homeland)

 
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

– Khandi Alexander (LaDonna Baptiste-Williams, Treme)

– Connie Britton (Rayna James, Nashville)

– Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey)

VERA FARMIGA (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

Vera Farmiga as "Norma Bates"

– Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson, Mad Men)

– Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow, Sons of Anarchy)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Glenn Close (Patty Hewes, Damages)
Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife)
Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)
Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Beth, and others, Orphan Black)
Radha Mitchell (Marta Walraven, Red Widow)

 

Honorable Mentions: Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, Bones), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret, Once Upon a Time), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering, Warehouse 13), Stana Katic (Kate Beckett, Castle), Jessica Raine (Jenny Lee, Call the Midwife)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-Aden Young screencap credited Sundance, Vera Farmiga screencap from here

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”

UPDATE:

Again, picking comedy nominees has not been my strong suit.
 
The Emmys seem unperturbed by the fact that The Office had its final season and will never have a chance to be given any awards again.
 
Congratulations Anna Chlumsky for your first Emmy nomination! You are my favorite character on Veep and that show is packed with funny characters.
 
Maybe next year Amy Poehler won’t have to be the only representative for Parks and Recreations. True, Poehler is a genius, even providing the best moments during actual award shows, but so are many of her colleagues (Aubrey Plaza!).
 
Alas, far less surprised that Cougar Town has no Emmy representatives, but that doesn’t make it right.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

– Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer, Veep)

– Jenna Fischer (Pam Halpert, The Office)

– Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)

AUBREY PLAZA (April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation)

Was I excited when I realized I owned the same sweater as April? Yes. Yes, I was.

Source: Uploaded by user via Maria on Pinterest

– Busy Philipps (Laurie Keller, Cougar Town)

– Merritt Wever (Zoey Barkow, Nurse Jackie)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry, Community)
Hannah Simone (Cece, New Girl)
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rosenkowski, The Big Bang Theory)
Alyson Hannigan (Lily Aldrin, How I Met Your Mother)
Angela Kinsey (Angela Lipton, The Office)
Christa Miller (Ellie Torres, Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (Sue Heck, The Middle)
Cobie Smulders (Robin Scherbatsky, How I Met Your Mother)

 

Honorable Mentions: Kristen Bell (Jeannie van der Hooven, House of Lies), Mayim Balik (Amy Farrah Fowler, The Big Bang Theory), Eliza Coupe (Jane Kerkovich-Williams, Happy Endings), Retta (Donna Meagle, Parks and Recreation), Alia Shawkat (Maeby Fünke, Arrested Development), Catherine Tate (Nellie Bertrum, The Office)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.
(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series”

UPDATE:

This category was a wash, so go Tony Hale (Gary Walsh on Veep)! You are the best assistant a VP could have.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

IKE BARINHOLTZ (Morgan Tookers, The Mindy Project)

Ike Barinholtz as "Morgan Tookers"

– Max Greenfield (Schmidt, New Girl)

– Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation)

– Danny Pudi (Abed Nadir, Community)

– Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation)

– Brian Van Holt (Bobby Cobb, Cougar Town)

 
 

Runner Ups:
John Krasinski (Jim Halpert, The Office)
Neal Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother)
Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz, The Big Bang Theory)
Chris Messina (The Mindy Project)
James Van Der Beek (James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23)
Jason Segal (Marshall Eriksen, How I Met Your Mother)

 

Honorable Mentions: Josh Hopkins (Grayson Ellis, Cougar Town), Will Arnett (Gob Bluth, Arrested Development), Echo Kellum (Tommy, Ben and Kate), Atticus Shaffer (Brick Heck, The Middle), Lamorne Morris (Winston, New Girl)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-picture from here

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”

UPDATE:

This category was a wash.
 
I am actually familiar with the work of all the actresses nominated, and they are all extremely talented but this list has been seen before (Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones being the exception- bravo Mother of Dragons!). Would have liked to see the wealth spread, since there are so many actresses worthy of these six spots.
 
Indeed, Monica Potter plays my least favorite character on Parenthood, but I wanted to see her nominated (even over Mae Whitman, who plays my favorite character) because of her emotional cancer arc this season. It ended a little too happily (and please don’t take that the wrong way- having cancer of any form or degree, no matter the outcome, is terrible. I only mean that, in the case of this show, while a ton of issues have been thrown at the Bravermans over four seasons, they always seem to come out in the end overwhelmingly lucky).
 
As the category is, I’ll put my vote behind Christina Hendricks.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

– Rose Byrne (Ellen Parsons, Damages)

– Kim Dickens (Janette Desautel, Treme)

JOELLE CARTER (Ava Crowder, Justified)

ABIGAIL SPENCER (Amantha Holden, Rectify)

– Monica Potter (Kristina Braverman, Parenthood)

– Maggie Siff (Tara Knowles, Sons of Anarchy)

(tie)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife)
Claire Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor, Nashville)
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones)
Joanne Froggart (Anna, Downton Abbey)
Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris, Mad Men)
Melissa Leo (Antoinette ‘Toni’ Bernette, Treme)
Linda Parrilla (Evil Queen/Mayor Regina Mills, Once Upon a Time)
Mae Whitman (Amber Holt, Parenthood)
Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper, Mad Men)

 

Honorable Mentions: Anna Gunn (Skyler White, Breaking Bad), Betsy Brandt (Marie Schrader, Breaking Bad), Miranda Hart (Chummy Noakes, Call the Midwife), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones), Kelly Macdonald (Margaret Schroeder, Boardwalk Empire), Hayden Panettiere (Juliette Barnes, Nashville), Beth Riesgraf (Parker, Leverage), Valorie Curry (Emma Hill, The Following)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.
(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-Carter’s picture from here; Spencer’s picture credited Sundance

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

UPDATE:

Can no member of an FX drama get nominated? Justified? Sons of Anarchy? The Americans? Poor Walter Goggins.
 
The silver lining is I’m very happy for Peter Dinklage and Aaron Paul. It’s a complete toss up between those two.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

WALTON GOGGINS (Boyd Crowder, Justified)

Walton Goggins as "Boyd Crowder"

– Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad)

– Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones)

– Steve Zahn (Davis McAlary, Treme)

– Dayton Callie (Wayne Unser, Sons of Anarchy)

– Luke Kirby (Jon Stern, Rectify)

 
 

Runner-Ups:
Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne, Nashville)
Michael Kenneth Williams (Chalky White, Boardwalk Empire)
Jordan Gavaris (Felix, Orphan Black)
Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett, Bates Motel)
Goran Visnjic (Nikolai Schiller, Red Widow)
John Slattery (Roger Sterling, Mad Men)
Matt Czuchry (Cary Agos, The Good Wife)

 

Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut), Kim Coates (Alex ‘Tig’ Trager, Sons of Anarchy), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates, Bates Motel), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon a Time), Josh Charles (Will Gardner, The Good Wife)
Michael Cudlitz (Officer John Cooper, Southland), Colin Donaghue (Hook/Killian Jones, Once Upon a Time), Seamus Denver (Kevin Ryan, Castle), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader, Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson, Homeland), Dax Shepard (Crosby Braverman, Parenthood), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley, Nashville), Sam Palladio (Gunner Scott, Nashville)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-picture from here