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TV Feature: 2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions For All Major Categories

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CHICAGO – The 64th Annual Emmy Nominations will be announced this Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 7:40AM CST by Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”). We’ve already made clear what should be nominated in this feature but what will be nominated?

There are a few interesting stories to watch this year and some big question marks (with my guesses in parentheses). Will “Glee” be shown the door after a down season? (Yes.) Will “Girls” break into a boy’s club? (No.) Will all six “Modern Family” adult actors be nominated again? (Yep.) Which drama will be the snub with seven strong candidates for the big category? (“Game of Thrones.”) Will “Community” finally register with voters? (Nope.) And there are many, many more.

Without commentary, here are my well-researched predictions for the 64th Annual Emmy Nominations. Come back here Thursday morning for the actual nominations and Thursday afternoon for a list of the ten biggest snubs.

Mad Men
Mad Men
Photo credit: AMC

OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU
Juliana Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Debra Messing, “Smash”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
John Slattery, “Mad Men”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC SERIES
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Anjelica Huston, “Smash”
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Julie Bowen of Modern Family
Julie Bowen of Modern Family
Photo credit: ABC

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“New Girl” (FOX)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jonny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep
Photo credit: HBO

OUTSTANDING MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Great Expectations”
“Hatfield & McCoys”
“Hemingway & Gellhorn”
“Sherlock”

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Kevin Costner, “Hatfield & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Dylan McDermott, “American Horror Story”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”
Rachel Weisz, “Page Eight”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Ralph Fiennes, “Page Eight”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”
Michael Gambon, “Page Eight”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE/MINI-SERIES
Gillian Anderson, “Great Expectations”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Survivor”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Carson Daly, “The Voice”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Phil Keoghan, “American Idol”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES
“The Colbert Report”
“Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
“Late Show with David Letterman”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

Eweisze's picture

Not so sure

#1. You nominate the cast of Page Eight member by member and then you exclude the only who actually deserves the nom, this is, Bill Nighy? (who is the lead, in addition)

#2. No noms for the very much praised mini-series The Hour? No best mini series, or Romola Garai?

#3. Gillian Anderson for Great Expectations, Connie Britton for AHS, Dylan McDermott for AHS. Not feeling these.

BrianTT's picture

Tough Calls

Nighy and Garai could easily be nominated. They were both in my predictions at one point in an earlier draft. I’d bet money on Anderson & Britton but you’re probably right that Nighy replaces McDermott. I’ll openly admit to not being as confident re: the mini-series categories as I am the rest. B

Eweisze's picture

Your predictions in all the

Your predictions in all the series categories sound really, really probable, and I think you could easily get the 95% of them right, if not more.

I do think that Nighy has more of a chance than McDermott unless they go to reward everything about AHS and he gets into the nominations pack.

Wish Garai got in there somehow though, she’s always terrific. Maybe next year with the excellent The Crimson Petal and the White.

I think the whole cast of Page Eight, with the exception of Nighy (ironically) would get nominated only because who they are, big names and all. No one was really deserving and I don’t even think Weisz is a lead nor was that good (and this coes from a fan of hers).

Kevin's picture

Emmy nom for Damages

The current seaon for Damages just started last week. Wouldn’t Glenn Close be in-eligible for a nomination?

BrianTT's picture

Damages

Aired last Summer from July to September on The Audience Network. It’s the fourth season that’s eligible, not the current one. Same goes for Breaking Bad and Louie. The Emmy nods will be for shows that aired June 2011 - May 2012. B

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