With only a few weeks to go until the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys, I have more than enough time to sign and seal my ballot, right?
While the great accounting firm of Whatever & Whoever has to worry about counting each Academy members votes within enough time to do a recount if necessary, I don't have to worry about such serious things. The ballot I fill out does not actually determine who takes home gold at the end of the night-- although on occasion I have been known to win a cool $50 for guessing as many correct winners as I have.
But the real fun ballot for me to fill out is the one in which I select who I want to win. Not who I think will when politics and agendas and larger bodies of work get involved but the one that holds all of my hopes and dreams. And I think many of you feel the same way. So without further ado, I present to you the Winners of the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmys if I had a vote-- or control over the whole thing.
For a list of all of the nominees in these categories, please click here.
Outstanding Reality Show Host - Admittedly I don't have much personally at stake here considering I don't watch, let alone cover, most of the shows or personalities nominated. I know The Amazing Race is always such a sweeper but I'd love to see Cat Deely take this one to knock all the guys off their pedestals. She has fun with her show; she keeps it real but doesn't take it too seriously. She breathes a new and unique energy into the genre, and honestly, I think the other guys in her category could learn a lot from her.
Outstanding Reality Competition - Perhaps it is because of the uniqueness of the performers they bring on each season, but So You Think You Can Dance is the only one in this category that manages to maintain a freshness and deserves to be rewarded for that.
Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Series - As much as I love The Daily Show, I have been extremely pleasantly surprised with Jimmy Fallon's increasing level of creativity and brilliance. Case in point is the History of Rap he and Justin Timberlake performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. And for that reason, I think he needs to win the late night statue.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie - I cannot sing enough praises for Cinema Verite (and the real-life 1970s PBS documentary on which it was based), so naturally my vote has to go to Diane Lane. She portrayed a real woman-- one who is still alive, by the way-- which can be a harrowing task for an actress as it is. But this one was doubly hard because the public had already picked apart both the woman and the so-called character she played on TV. Lane had a lot of contradicting accounts on which to base her take.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie - Idris Elba all the way. Luther was extremely strong, but every performance he has given has been extremely strong, and I'd like to see that recognized so he can keep working more.
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - Again, my love for Cinema Verite must shine through. Even if HBO did give me Mildred Pierce pie.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Okay here is where the choices get tough. In truth, I would love to see a three-way tie between the two lovely ladies of The Good Wife: Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi and The Killing's understated Michelle Forbes, but really, if there's a tie, it takes away a lot of the meaning and excitement of the night. Panjabi did truly step up her emotional portrayal of Kalinda this year, with a lot of subtle nuances incorporated that came out over time. But Forbes delivered such a guttural, and gut-wrenching, turn as a mother who loses herself after she loses her daughter. Hopefully the Emmy can fill the void.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - There would just be some kind of poetic justice in Andre Braugher winning for a show that was canceled a day after the nominations were announced, but admittedly as good as he may be, it's a show I just could never get into. Same is the case for Dinklage (well, minus said cancellation). So though having multiple nominees from The Good Wife, I'm hoping the vote doesn't get split, and Alan Cumming can walk away with the trophy. Sandy Frink has come a long, long way!
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - I truly, truly love Connie Britton. I think she deserves props for Spin City, which was not a show that got notice for anyone or anything other than its male leads. Yet she was able to do oh, so much with a little. And though her scenes were often few and far between in Friday Night Lights, they were always ones you looked forward to and from which you came away most satisfied.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - This is one where I am legitimately hoping for a tie. Michael C. Hall and Kyle Chandler could not have played more different roles than Dexter Morgan and Coach Taylor, but both men embodied each with such perfection I have to admit I'm a little bummed to learn they are not exactly like their characters.
Outstanding Drama Series - Friday Night Lights. Please just click on my tag at the bottom of this article to learn all the reasons why.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - I have been campaigning for Julie Bowen to win something for Modern Family ever since I saw the pilot. If I have to make her something out of cardboard and pipecleaners and glitter, like I'm back in elementary school, I will. But I seriously hope it won't have to come to that. She is fearless when it comes to comedy; she dives in like a modern day Lucille Ball, unafraid to look silly or wacky or wide-eyed crazy. And it's more than hilarious every time.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - This is the most ridiculous category ever. All adult male Modern Family cast members (one of whom should have been put in the "Lead Actor" category) plus a kid from glee whose best work is of the dramatic kind and the non-problematic Two and a Half Men...man. I am sure the political response will be to give it to Jon Cryer for being such a darn good team player, but I want to see Ty Burrell take it, simply so we can ask him "Why the face?" when he is shocked he wins. And also because we want a chance to meet Clive Bixby at the after party!
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Um, can they all just win? No? Damn. Well, then I'm going for the underdog with Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler. She has taken a neurotic, Type A character and made her relatable and lovable. You not only root for Leslie Knope, but you feel like you are Leslie Knope. At least I do.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - I just love Sheldon Cooper's own brand of neuroses and extremely particular behavior. There may have been nothing better than his attempts at navigating a new relationship this year on The Big Bang Theory. I would love to see Jim Parsons sweep this category two years in a row.
Outstanding Comedy Series - The Big Bang Theory offered us an almost reboot of the show by adding two new girls in the mix and splitting its characters up in more of a girls versus guys ensemble in many episodes of the season. If it can sustain that for another twenty-some-odd episodes and still bring the funny as hard as it has been, I will select it as my 2012 wannabe winner. But this time I have to give the edge to Parks and Recreation. The Harvest Festival, Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness (and cornrows), Tom as a baby cupid, Snake Juice, Li'l Sebastian, Andy and April's house, Chris Trager with the flu-- they stepped it up this season like no one's business. And like no other show. Maybe even in the history of television.