60th Primetime Emmy Awards: The Predictions

Posted by: Paul Little  //  September 19, 2008 @ 3:24am

With the 60th Annual Emmy Awards coming up this Sunday, I thought I'd put forth my list of who I think will win the major awards -- along with, of course, who I think should win. Despite the stranglehold reality TV seems to have on the airwaves, there's still a lot of great television out there. And though the best of the best aren't always honoured as such, with critically-acclaimed shows like 30 Rock and Mad Men grabbing a pile of nominations, perhaps this year the right shows and actors will be taking home the statues.

Or, much more likely, the choices will be baffling to everyone who isn't an Academy member voting for the awards. Either way, check out the show on Sunday, September 21st @ 8/7c on ABC and CTV.

Outstanding Drama Series

The Nominees:

  • Boston Legal (ABC)
  • Damages (FX)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • House (FOX)
  • Lost (ABC)
  • Mad Men (AMC)

Who Should Win:

  • House

Who Will Win:

  • Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Nominees:

  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Entourage (HBO)
  • The Office (NBC)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Who Should Win:

  • 30 Rock (even though the short-listed but not-nominated Flight of the Conchords was probably better)

Who Will Win:

  • 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

The Nominees:

  • James Spader – Boston Legal (ABC)
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter (Showtime)
  • Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)
  • Gabriel Byrne – In Treatment (HBO)
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Who Should Win:

  • Hugh Laurie

Who Will Win:

  • Jon Hamm

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Nominees:

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Tony Shalhoub – Monk (USA)
  • Lee Pace – Pushing Daisies (ABC)
  • Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)
  • Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Who Should Win:

  • Steve Carell (though I'd give it to Psych's James Roday, if he were actually nominated)

Who Will Win:

  • Alec Baldwin

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The Nominees:

  • Sally Field – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  • Glenn Close – Damages (FX)
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
  • Holly Hunter – Saving Grace (TNT)
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

Who Should Win:

  • Kyra Sedgwick

Who Will Win:

  • Glenn Close

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The Nominees:

  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Christina Applegate – Samantha Who? (ABC)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – The New Adventures Of Old Christine (CBS)
  • America Ferrera – Ugly Betty (ABC)
  • Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds (Showtime)

Who Should Win:

  • Tina Fey

Who Will Win:

  • Tina Fey

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

The Nominees:

  • William Shatner – Boston Legal (ABC)
  • Ted Danson – Damages (FX)
  • Zeljko Ivanek – Damages (FX)
  • Michael Emerson – Lost (ABC)
  • John Slattery – Mad Men (AMC)

Who Should Win:

  • Michael Emerson

Who Will Win:

  • Ted Danson

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

The Nominees:

  • Jeremy Piven – Entourage (HBO)
  • Kevin Dillon – Entourage (HBO)
  • Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
  • Rainn Wilson – The Office (NBC)
  • Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Who Should Win:

  • Neil Patrick Harris

Who Will Win:

  • Neil Patrick Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

The Nominees:

  • Candice Bergen – Boston Legal (ABC)
  • Rachel Griffiths – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  • Chandra Wilson – Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
  • Sandra Oh – Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
  • Dianne Wiest – In Treatment (HBO)

Who Should Win:

  • Candice Bergen

Who Will Win:

  • Sandra Oh

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

The Nominees:

  • Kristin Chenoweth – Pushing Daisies (ABC)
  • Jean Smart – Samatha Who? (ABC)
  • Amy Poehler – Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Holland Taylor – Two and a Half Men (CBS)
  • Vanessa Williams – Ugly Betty (ABC)

Who Should Win:

  • Kristin Chenoweth

Who Will Win:

  • Vanessa Williams

Tags: 30 Rock, Mad Men, House, Hugh Laurie, Tina Fey

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)

Original Comments Posted (3)

sarahm says...

I'd be ok if the outstanding lead actor in a drama series if it went to Michael C. Hall or Hugh Laurie. If they give it to James Spader again I am going to stop watching TV altogether.

Sep 18, 2008 9:37pm

Ariana says...

Yeah right.

Sep 19, 2008 12:21am

Paul Little says...

I love Boston Legal, and James Spader, but I totally agree.

Sep 19, 2008 3:29am

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