This should surprise no one, but I am not a voting member of any prestigious Academy in Hollywood (yet?). Today the list of nominees for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was released, and though I was not really surprised by what made it on and what didn't, I was somewhat disappointed in a few of the choices (see my perfect Emmy ballot entries to understand why). It has only been about an hour since the announcement, and after careful deliberation, I have already stamped, signed, and sealed my ballot...which I will place carefully in my journal (and on this site, apparently) so that when the telecast happens, I can see just how many people agreed with me. This is not a documentation of whom I think will actually win but who I want to win based on the choices.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Kristin Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)***-- I would like to deeply apologize to Ms. Perkins for not including her on my aforementioned dream ballot, but for some reason I was under the impression Weeds would not make the deadline. Ms. Perkins' deadpan delivery (especially in early this season opposite her daughter Quinn while being held for ransom were just priceless. Case in point: "Your organs should net me about $100,000, and I can live in a beach house." "Oh honey...you can't buy a beach house for $100K!"Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)***-- Host and win?? Why, that would be-- wait for it-- LEGENDARY!!
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Jon Cryer (Two And A Half Men)
Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment)***-- I picked her from the start!
Hope Davis (In Treatment)
Cherry Jones (24)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
William Shatner (Boston Legal)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)*** -- I picked him, too!!
William Hurt (Damages)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The News Adventures of Old Christine)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)*** -- Can it be a three-way tie? I love them all! Though, it would be a nice kick in ABC's pants if Applegate won after they prematurely canceled her show!Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Steve Carell (The Office)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)*** -- Baldwin did some good work this year, but Dr. Sheldon Coopers' neuroses were (and quite possibly will always be) unmatched due to Parsons' clever and unique portrayal. Even a simple look from him elicits giggles that turn into full laughs!Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)*** -- While it's nice to see so many of my picks on the list, I will always have a personal soft spot for Hargitay, and for what I consider to be the best (most interesting and most consistent) of the L&O franchise).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)*** -- Who else could make playing a bad guy look so good??
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
How I Met Your Mother
Flight of the Conchords
PS: Kathy Griffin got nominated for Emmys for both My Life On The D-List and her Bravo stand-up special She'll Cut A Bitch!!!