2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Actor in a Comedy and Drama Series PREDICTIONS

2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Actor in a Comedy and Drama

BEST ACTOR in a COMEDY SERIES
 

This isn’t the worst category in the history of the Emmys. Five out of the six do conceivably deserve the nomination. There is one glaring exception. You know who I’m talking about. And the lack of Joel McHale makes this exception hurt all the more. Oh well.

6. JOHNNY GALECKI as LEONARD HOFSTADTER in THE BIG BANG THEORY
 

So…this happened. No, Johnny Galecki is not Kaley Cuoco in drag. That would have been awesome. But he’s not, so…yeah…

5. MATT LEBLANC as MATT LEBLANC in EPISODES
 

EPISODES "Episode 6"

LeBlanc makes his return to the small screen after a long hiatus (Cartoon Lizzie McGuire of me: What about Joey? Me: Shut your ugly face) and turns in a surprisingly likable, self effacing performance which is far more different than Joey from Friends.

4. ALEC BALDWIN as JACK DONAGHY in 30 ROCK
 

30 Rock

Even when 30 Rock is not having its greatest episode, you can always trust Jack to raise the bar with a line or a look. Baldwin is a perennial nominee and going into its sixth season, I see no evidence to suggest Baldwin’s stay has been too long.

3. JIM PARSONS as SHELDON COOPER in THE BIG BANG THEORY
 

THE BIG BANG THEORY The Toast Derivation

Like Baldwin, last year’s winner can always be relied upon to provide the laughs for even the most lacklustre episodes. His character is at the center of all of the show’s best moments, whether it’s with Penny or Amy’s nerdess.

2. STEVE CARELL as MICHAEL SCOTT in THE OFFICE (US)
 

THE OFFICE "PDA"

Steven Carell has best nominated many times but has never won for his lead role in The Office. It was a difficult task, taking on the lead of a hit and beloved UK show and trying to make it his own. By the second season Carell had settled into a neat groove and it’s shocking that he’s never won an actual Emmy. This year is virtually a guaranteed win for Carell…

1. LOUIS C.K as LOUIE in LOUIE
 

LOUIE (FX) Season 2 (10)

Which isn’t so bad for Louis C.K, who’s delicate, heartbreaking, hilarious performance as the titular Louie has only gotten better in its second season. Still, the first season was amazing and if there’s anyone in this category who deserves to walk away with some Emmy gold, it’s Louis C.K. Though he has been nominated about a million times this year, which is awesome. And totally deserved.

BEST ACTOR in a DRAMA SERIES
 

This is a pretty kick ass list of actors, Nope, you can’t complain with this list, not a single weak nominee. This offers a pretty interesting contrast to the Best Actress in a Drama Series list, and might stimulate interesting discussion about the inequality of quality roles on television. And I’m not just talking about gender inequality-at least we can be grateful that ladies have roles to play: for the lead actors in drama and comedy series, actors and actresses, it’s far better for you if you’re white. Sorry black/Asian/brown/other dudes and dudesses. Lead roles are in short supply for you.

6. MICHAEL C. HALL as DEXTER MORGAN in DEXTER
 

The show’s biggest problem has been the lack of consistency in its direction, and with multiple showrunners behind the helm this is hardly a surprise, but Hall’s performance has always carried the show through the many rough patches it’s had in terms of believability and plot contrivances.

5. HUGH LAURIE as DR GREGORY HOUSE in HOUSE
 

House Season 8

Like Hall above, Laurie’s performance has often dragged the show through some truly terrible times based purely on his charisma and skill as an actor.

4. STEVE BUSCEMI as NUCKY THOMPSON in BOARDWALK EMPIRE
 

One of the best character actors ever, Buscemi’s lead performance cannot be accused of being unsubtle…if sometimes downright dreary. It’s never a good sign if, when thinking of the show in a hypothetical manner, you try imagining how to improve it by replacing the lead with someone else. I could never imagine anyone taking on Walter White as Bryan Cranston has, and to think about another actor playing Tony Soprano other than James Gandolfini is pure heresy. This, unfortunately, is not the case with Buscemi, who nevertheless does some great things when he’s not overloaded by a confusing plot. He is, however, very likely to take the gold: only Hamm stands in his way.

3. TIMOTHY OLYPHANT as RAYLAN GIVENS in JUSTIFIED
 

It’s hard to play the straight man, harder still to play a role which are so similar in look and tone it might seem like a cheat of duplication: twice on television, Timothy Olyphant has played a wide brimmed hat wearing, gun toting gentleman, a lawbringer on the skirts of the actual law. But he does not duplicate his role: he’s created a new one, a task far more difficult than breaking out of mould. His brilliant role as Raylan Givens is oozing with charm and grit.

2. KYLE CHANDLER as ERIC TAYLOR in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
 

kyle chandler friday night lights

It was amazing that Chandler was nominated for his phenomenal portrayal of Eric Taylor for the second year, even more so that the show was nominated for Best Series in its final season. A belated nomination is no less deserved. If Chandler walks up on stage, it would be awesome, but I doubt it’ll happen. Unfortunately.

1. JON HAMM as DON DRAPER in MAD MEN
 

Bryan Cranston has left the building. Jon Hamm: take the Emmy and RUN! ‘Cause next year, no one has a hope in hell against THE ONE WHO KNOCKS.

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