Your brain tells you one thing and your heart tells you another. But then there’s a gut feeling you just can’t brush off. Here are my picks for Sunday’s Emmy Awards, airing live beginning 7pm ET/4pm PT on NBC.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brain: Mad Men
Heart: Breaking Bad
Gut: Mad Men
Two series, two incredible seasons of television. Mad Men will easily walk away with the Emmy, but I would love to see Breaking Bad take home the Emmy. The Good Wife has a wave of Emmy love surrounding it and shouldn’t be counted out while Dexter and Lost both have shots as well. True Blood has no shot whatsoever as what appears to be a gimme nomination for HBO.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Brain: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Heart: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Gut: Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
The most packed category of the entire ceremony, any of the six nominees could deservedly win. I’ll be rooting for Kyle Chandler to get his due, but I think it’ll be between Bryan Cranston and Michael C. Hall for their flashier, meatier performances.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Brain: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Heart: Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Gut: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Julianna Margulies is riding on a wave of hype and momentum, the category is her’s to lose. But I am definitely going to root for Connie Britton to finally get the recognition she deserves.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Brain: Terry O’Quinn (Lost)
Heart: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Gut: Terry O’Quinn (Lost) or Michael Emerson (Lost)
Aaron Paul will probably passed over again in favor of repeat wins for either Lost Emmy winner.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Brain: Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Heart: Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Gut: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christine Baranski could easily ride a Good Wife wave that has swept the Emmys, but Christina Hendricks has the upper hand in the category.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Brain: Modern Family
Heart: Modern Family
Gut: Modern Family
Glee might have an outside shot, but I think Modern Family will rightfully come out on top as the season’s best comedy. But don’t count out 30 Rock.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Brain: Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Heart: Tony Shalhoub (Monk) or Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
Gut: Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Tony Shalhoub may have won too many Emmys, but if he wins this time, it’ll be well deserved for an emotional farewell. If the Emmys will honor the non-comedies of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara then they’ll have no problem giving an Emmy to a favorite of theirs with a sentimental tape.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Brain: Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Heart: Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Gut: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
The Emmys could easily hand Tina Fey another one, but the buzz is for Edie Falco. I would love to see Amy Poehler upset with her show’s incredible resurgence this season.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Brain: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Heart: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Gut: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
If the Emmys for some reason decide to be boring, then I won’t be surprised to see Neil Patrick Harris go home with the Emmy. But I fully expect this to be one of the many Modern Family wins of the night.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Brain: Jane Lynch (Glee)
Heart: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Gut: Jane Lynch (Glee)
Jane Lynch is a lock, but would love to see Julie Bowen with the upset.
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Brain: The Amazing Race
Heart: The Amazing Race
Gut: The Amazing Race
This is a lock. Otherwise, something is wrong with the world.