My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Aden Young (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

– Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates, Bates Motel)

– Rami Malek (Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot)

– Justin Thoreaux (Kevin Garvey, The Leftovers)

– Michael K. Williams (Leonard Pine, Hap and Leonard)

 

Runner-Up: Cillian Murphey (Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders)

From episode one Aden Young has given one of the greatest performances on television, often in silence. Daniel’s eminent exile from Paulie, in accordance with his plea bargain, hung over season four but it was business as usual for Young, as he hit every note of Daniel’s acceptance of his choice with customary panache.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

– Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)

– Eva Green (Vanessa Ives, Penny Dreadful)

– Kiele Sanchez (Lisa Prince, Kingdom)

– Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers,Supergirl)

– Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Jessica Jones)

 

Runner-Up: Ruth Wilson (Alison Bailey, The Affair)

Norma Bates’ fate is infamous but after seeing her come to life over four seasons (versus the timeline of Hitchcock’s movie, when all her dialogue was filtered through Norman’s head first) episode nine this year hit like a ton of bricks. Norma got to be her most happy this season. She also had the deal with the denial of pain she was feeling, over having to be afraid of the person she loved most. Vera Farmiga will still be on the show next season, but the sense of loss fans felt all the same can be credited to her portrayal of one of cinema’s most well-known, but rarely to this detail, mothers.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

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).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathon Tucker (Jay Kulina, Kingdom)

– Dylan Baker (William Crandall, The Americans)

– Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero, Bates Motel)

– Costa Ronin (Oleg Burov, The Americans)

– David Dawson (King Alfred the Great, The Last Kingdom)

– Clayne Crawford (Ted Talbot, Jr., Rectify)

 

Runner-Up: Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, Gotham)

Jonathon Tucker is my cheat this Emmy season. I don’t have DirecTV so haven’t had a chance to watch season 2 of Kingdom yet (when the DVD comes out I’ll snatch that up). Season one’s Jay Kulina was electric, in his varied interactions between different members of his family. I don’t see season two being a major departure from the groundwork Tucker established of a very loyal, angry force of nature.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”

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).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot, Rectify)

– Calista Flockhart (Cat Grant, Supergirl)

– Haydon Pannettiere (Juliet Barnes, Nashville)

– Holly Taylor (Paige Jennings, The Americans)

– Maura Tierney (Helen Solloway,The Affair)

– Alison Wright (Martha Hanson, The Americans)

 

Runner-Up: Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers, Supergirl)

Watching Rectify, I don’t think I ever wondered about Tawny’s backstory or thought we’d be told it. But when season three gave us a peek into her childhood, this information was suddenly vitally illuminating. All the confusion Tawny was grappling could be found on Adelaide Clemens’ face and her marriage conversations with Teddy, Jr. (Clayne Crawford) were repeatedly striking.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Fred Savage (Stewart Sanderson, The Grinder)

– Rob Delaney (Rob, Catastrophe)

– Chris Geere (Jimmy Shive-Overly, You’re the Worst)

– Chris Messina (Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project)

– Rob Lowe (Dean Sanderson, The Grinder)

– Jake Johnson (Nick Miller, New Girl)

 

Runner-Up:  Jeffrey Tambor (Maura Pfefferman, Transparent)

Fred Savage is a great director but, as he proved once again with The Grinder, a pretty brilliant actor, too. His panicked line delivery whenever Stewart tried to defend logic, and got shut down as illogical, could’ve been Debbie Downer but instead was endearing. In the more reactive role to Rob Lowe’s dramatic brother, Dean, Savage always had the right expression for Lowe’s antics. It’s a shame the show got canceled but I’m excited to see what career move Savage makes next.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Lead Actress in a Comedy Series”

Here is what the “Lead 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 with this category, where somehow Gina Rodriguez and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss didn’t make the cut, that was tough).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Mindy Kaling (Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project)

– Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Sharon Horgan (Sharon, Catastrophe)

– Aya Cash (Gretchen Cutler, You’re the Worst)

– Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher, Shameless)

– Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

Runner-Up: Sutton Foster (Liza Miller, Younger)

Mindy Kaling has to get this. First, The Mindy Project getting picked up for an extended season on Hulu this year (after getting cancelled by FOX) was glorious. For the show then to take the creative curve balls it did, with breaking up Mindy and Danny—courageous. That’s the kind of rocking the boat that makes people very unhappy, yet the decision stuck, they let it play out, and the range of emotions Mindy Kaling got to play as consequence was phenomenal! If she somehow doesn’t get nominated, ex-squeeze-me if I’m a little upset.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series”

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).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Lamorne Morris (Winston Bishop, New Girl)

– Ike Barinholtz (Morgan Tookers, The Mindy Project)

– Pete Gardner (Darryl Whitefeather, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Tony Hale (Gary Walsh, Veep)

– Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher, Shameless)

– Titus Burgess (Titus Andromedon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

 

Runner-Up: Jaime Camil (Rogelio De La Vega, Jane the Virgin)

Winston, the character, has gone through a lot of changes. Lamorne Morris’ ability to make the sweet, cat-loving prankster hilarious—constant. This year, actor and character were gifted with more ongoing storylines and the results—Winston’s rising career as a cop (no, I don’t know how that happened either but it’s more fun when you accept it) and new status as romantic lead—made season five the season of Winston. And when it’s the season of Winston, what else can you do but grab your nearest bird shirt and celebrate?

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries 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 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”

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).

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kether Donohue (Lindsay Jillian, You're the Worst)

 – Yael Grobglas (Petra Solano, Jane the Virgin)

– Carol Kane (Lillian Kaushtupper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

– Anna Chlumsky (Amy Brookheimer, Veep)

– Chelsey Crisp (Honey, Fresh off the Boat)

– Emma Kenney (Debbie Gallagher, Shameless)

 

Runner-Up: Fortune Feimster (Colette Kimball-Kinney, The Mindy Project)

I don’t know which episode Kether Donohue chose to submit as her showcase but I hope it was season two’s “Side Bitch” for scenes like Lindsay embracing walking as a means of transportation. Getting to watch Lindsay approach single life again was a comedy goldmine this season. Getting to hear Kether Donohue sing (twice!)even more so. I don’t know what season three (and her reunion with Paul) will bring next, but in that regard, August couldn’t come sooner.

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance any

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in a Comedy and Drama Series”

Here are what the “Outstanding Guest Actors and Actresses in a Comedy and Drama Series” categories would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Noel Fisher (Mickey Milkovich, Shameless)

2016 Emmy Awards Nominating Ballots

– Adam Pally (Peter Prentice, The Mindy Project)

– Bob Newhart (Arthur, The Big Bang Theory)

– Mark Duplass (Brendan Deslaurier, The Mindy Project)

– Allen Maldonado (Honey Nutz, You’re the Worst)

– Kevin Sussman (Stuart Bloom, The Big Bang Theory)

 

Runner-Up: Seth Green (Jared, Broad City)

His limited presence in season six may not make for the best representation but, as much for previous seasons as this one, Noel Fisher wins this category for one incredible character arc.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Patty Duke (Grandma Janice/Great Aunt Hilary, Liv and Maddie)

– Rhea Perlman (Annette Castellano, The Mindy Project)

– Rita Moreno (Liliana, Jane the Virgin)

– Carrie Fisher (Mia, Catastrophe)

– Ava Acres (Young Rebecca, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

– Gina Gallego (Miss. Hernandez, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

 

Runner-Up: Michael Hyatt (Dr. Akopian, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

If Patty Duke hadn’t passed away earlier this year this probably would’ve been a toss-up between Perlman, Moreno, and Fisher. Given the excuse to recognize her career, on- and off-screen, however, I’ll take it. Liv and Maddie is the kind of Disney show I would’ve loved to watch growing up, and the part makes a cute nod to Patty Duke’s earlier dual role as look-alike cousins on The Patty Duke Show.


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Oliver Hudson (Jeff Fordham, Nashville)

– Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska, Gotham)

– Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie, Outlander)

– Paul Reubens (Elijah Van Dahl, Gotham)

– B.D. Wong (Hugo Strange, Gotham)

– Josh Charles (Will Gardner, The Good Wife)

 

Runner-Up: Ryan Hurst (Chick Hogan, Bates Motel)

There was a time when I would’ve loved to see Jeff Fordham off of Nashville.  The caricature villain ready to be hated (almost too much so), somewhere along the way Oliver Hudson gave him layers, in a turnaround that was as remarkable as it was unexpected.


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Annet Mahendru (Nina Krilova, The Americans)

– Carol Kane (Gertrude Kapelput, Gotham)

– Patti LuPone (The Cut-Wife/Joan Clayton, Penny Dreadful)

– Allison Janney (Margaret Scully, Masters of Sex)

– Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols, Orange is the New Black)

– Stockard Channing (Veronica Loy, The Good Wife)

 

Runner-Up: Laurie Metcalf (Sarah, Horace and Pete)

Nina’s unknown loyalties should have become tiresome, even as her storyline required her to be separated from most of the cast the last two seasons, yet this never was the case. Annet Mahendru’s time on the show is over but her character (and the way in which she left) will not soon be forgotten, by characters (Oleg, Stan) or fans.

 

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

-pictures screencapped from the 2016 Emmy Awards Performer Nominating Ballot

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead/Supporting Actors and Actresses in a Limited Series”

Here are what the “Outstanding Actors and Actresses in a Limited Series” categories would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Goran Bogdan (Milan Celik, The Last Panthers)

– Idris Elba (John Luther, Luther)

– Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)

– Oscar Isaac (Nick Wasicsko, Show Me a Hero)

– Ben Whishaw (Danny, London Spy)

– Patrick Wilson (Lou Solverson, Fargo)

 

Runner-Up: Timothy Hutton (Dan Sullivan, American Crime)

Older siblings are a personal soft spot but, as the person everyone was searching for all series, Goran Bogdan made Milan someone to root for, even as his actions weren’t always legal or clearly motivated. He is my biggest wild card for these nominations. He’s also one of the picks I’d most like to see realized going into tomorrow’s announcements.


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)

– Kirsten Dunst (Peggy Blumquist, Fargo)

– Kerry Washington (Anita Hill, Confirmation)

– Felicity Huffman (Leslie Graham, American Crime)

– Samantha Morton (Naomi Franckhom, The Last Panthers)

– Audra McDonald (Billie Holiday, Lady Holiday at Emerson’s Bar and Grill)

 

Runner-Up: Rachel McAdams (Detective Ani Bezzerides, True Detective)

Before watching the show Marcia Clark was mostly a name to me. Paulson made her a person. Kirsten Dunst is close competition, but it’s Paulson’s sympathetic and powerful turn, as the lawyer everyone judged, that edges out.


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bokeem Woodbine (Mike Milligan, Fargo)

– Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Darden, The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)

– Ted Danson (Hank Larsson, Fargo)

– David Harewood (Joel Stedman, The Night Manager)

– Jesse Plemons (Ed Blumquist, Fargo)

– Wendell Pierce (Clarence Thomas, Confirmation)

 

Runner-Up: Jim Broadbent (Scottie, London Spy)

If you haven’t seen it already, Bokeem Woodbine’s recitation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabborwocky,” about encapsulates Mike Milligan best:


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Olivia Colman (Angela Burr, The Night Manager)

– Cristin Milioti (Betsy Solverson, Fargo)

– Connie Britton (Faye Resnick, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story)

– Kether Donohue (Jan, Greece: Live)

– Rose Leslie (DS Emma Lane, Luther)

– Jean Smart (Floyd Gerhardt, Fargo)

 

Runner-Up: Charlotte Rampling (Frances, London Spy)

Olivia Colman brings a passionate energy to any role she plays. Here, as the woman instrumental in bringing down Hugh Laurie’s Roper, her determination is palpable. I don’t know whether her character was always intended to be pregnant or re-written that way to match Colman’s real life pregnancy, but any scenes addressing her condition, and subsequent refusal to choose between work and kids, are some of the show’s best.

 

 

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

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

-pictures screencapped from the 2016 Emmy Awards Performer Nominating Ballot