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Emmy Hopes and Predictions: Miniseries and TV Movie

As far as these categories are concerned, I think I’m a little out of my league because I’m not as well-versed in the nominees as I am for comedies and dramas. However, it seems inevitable that usually one or two of the miniseries or movies nominated tends to dominate, and I imagine that will again be true this year. So, to the best of my abilities, here are my predictions and general feelings about the Emmy nominees for the miniseries and movie categories.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
  • Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
  • Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
  • Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

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I imagine the award in this category will be a real fight between the two ladies of AHS: Coven, but after watching the ridiculous and entertaining The Spoils of Babylon a few nights ago, I’d love to see Kristen Wiig win. That will probably never happen, though. My money’s on Sarah Paulson.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
  • Martin Freeman, Fargo
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

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I think this category could be a bit of a toss up. As far as awards go, I think Sherlock is wildly underappreciated, and I would absolutely love to see Benedict Cumberbatch win here. He’s brilliant in his performance, and there’s nothing more to say on that subject. I think, though, that the two Fargo men are going to be the bigger competitors here, but I’d give the edge to Billy Bob Thornton for his showier performance. Mark Ruffalo was also very good in The Normal Heart, but I don’t think his performance or the movie in general were as good as some of the others in this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
  • Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
  • Allison Tolman, Fargo
  • Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

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I could see this award going a few different ways. Since half the nominees come from AHS: Coven, I could see these women splitting the vote, but it’s also very possible for one of them to take home the prize. Of these three, I’d say Kathy Bates is most likely to win, and she’d certainly deserve it. I’m also hoping that Allison Tolman has a real shot, because she’s not only adorable, she was also great as Molly Solverson. Also, Ellen Burstyn won this award last year for a really terrible show, so she better not have a repeat.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Colin Hanks, Fargo
  • Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
  • Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
  • Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
  • Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart

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I’ve seen all six of the performances in this category, and I’m fairly torn. Like my comments on the Lead Actor category, I think I’d be pretty happy to see most of these men win, but I’m partial to Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman. Sherlock just doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and Martin Freeman is the perfect complement to Benedict Cumberbatch. I can’t imagine a better pair as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Colin Hanks also gave a great breakout performance on Fargo, and he’s just so likeable (like father, like son, I guess), that you have to root for him. I have a feeling the four nominees from The Normal Heart will split votes, but I think Matt Bomer and Joe Mantello have the strongest chances at winning. Personally, though, I hope it goes to one of the two non-Normal Heart actors.

Outstanding Miniseries

  • American Horror Story: Coven, FX
  • Bonnie and Clyde, Lifetime
  • Fargo, FX
  • Luther, BBC America
  • Treme, HBO
  • The White Queen, Starz

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American Horror Story has dominated the miniseries categories in recent years, but I think it’s likely that Fargo will upset their record. It seems to me that these two shows are the only two in the running here, and I think Fargo is strong enough to overcome the previous winner.

Outstanding Television Movie

  • Killing Kennedy, National Geographic
  • The Normal Heart, HBO
  • Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, HBO
  • Sherlock: His Last Vow, PBS
  • The Trip to Bountiful, Lifetime

Sherlock

I’m a bit of a broken record on this subject, but I just really think it would be wonderful if Sherlock won a few things on awards night. Though the show only submitted a single episode as a TV movie (because they all run an hour-and-a-half), it’s a bit difficult to judge it against more conventional movies. I know the only other real contender here is The Normal Heart, which I expect will win. After watching it a few nights ago, I really don’t think the HBO production lived up to the high standards of Sherlock, in terms of writing, performances, or production value. However, I think Sherlock is the underdog here, so I’ll probably be a bit disappointed in the end. Sigh.

And to conclude, let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Martin Freeman’s face is all over the miniseries/TV movie categories. It makes me very happy.

Stay tuned for my input about the comedy categories!

The Emmys are coming! The Emmys are coming!

Since the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I’ve been thinking about them nonstop because I’m a pop culture junkie and that’s what we do. Though I am tempted to already start making my predictions about the big categories, I figured it would be best to use my time until the show’s air date — Monday, August 25 — to try to catch up on all that I’ve missed from the various nominees. Here’s my Emmy to-do list, as well as a few reactions I’ve had during the day about the nominations.

1. I think my top priority at this point is a fairly simple one: watch HBO’s The Normal Heart, which was nominated for 16 awards, including Outstanding Television Movie, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (Mark Ruffalo), Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Julia Roberts), and took four of the six spots in the Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category (Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Matt Bomer). I’ve been interested in watching the movie, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. All these nominations are just the push I need to devote a couple of hours to it.

2. My second project is one that I’d be working on regardless of the Emmys, but it also received several nominations today: Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Though the show itself was shut out of the Outstanding Drama category and Michael Sheen was overlooked for Lead Actor in a Drama Series, the show did receive five nominations, including Lizzy Caplan for Lead Actress in a Drama Series (yay!), Allison Janney for Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Beau Bridges for Guest Actor in a Drama Series. I’ve only got two more episodes to watch before completing season one, which should put me right on track to watch the season two premiere this Sunday night.

3. Another show I’d added to my list is IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon, which received two nominations, including Kristen Wiig for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. I’m not sure Wiig has a great chance at winning, but I think she’s fantastic and was interested in this show when it aired early this year. If nothing else, I’m sure it will provide me with some good amusement. 

Other than these three projects, though, I don’t have much I feel I need to catch up on before the awards. I already watch a good chunk of the nominated shows, and if I don’t watch them, it’s probably because I don’t really have an interest, and therefore feel no need to amend my behavior. Look out for more posts about the nominations and my predictions as August 25 grows closer.

On a side note: August 25 happens to be my first day of school. Grad school. And my first (graduate) class is a night class until 8:15. This is not ideal. 

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Sundance 2014: The Most Magical Time of My Life

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This is me, standing in front of the Egyptian Theater at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

You know how there are those milestone events that every person needs to experience in life? Like graduating from college, getting married, having kids, or even just reading a really great book? Well, the Sundance Film Festival was one of my milestones. I’m only 22-years-old, so I haven’t really had the chance to experience many of those other things (though I have lived a pretty amazingly privileged life), but Sundance was the kind of thing I never thought I’d have done by this age. However, I attended a presentation in February of 2013 on my college campus about the Oscars, and when the presenter (one of my former professors) mentioned after the presentation that he was working on organization a Study Away course to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, I made the decision to do everything possible to make myself a part of that program.

Flash forward eleven months to January 14, 2014, when I boarded an airplane headed to Salt Lake City, en route to Park City, Utah, the location of the annual Sundance Film Festival. From that moment through the following ten days, my life was nothing short of extraordinary. If you know anything about me, you probably know that I like celebrities and all things pop culture (it is my major, after all), so Sundance was a mecca of sorts for me. My ten days in Park City resulted in me seeing 14 feature-length films, 2 short films, and nearly 60 celebrities. These statistics, in my mind, represent ten days very well spent. So here is my little way of trying to cram all the gloriousness that was Sundance into a few words in one small blog post. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find my reviews of the films I saw, lists of the celebrities I met, and any small tidbits I can try to fit in, though there’s no way I can do the reality justice. If you’d like to know more, trust me, you’d only be indulging me by asking, so feel free.

Celebrities I Saw at Sundance:

  • Mark Ruffalo, Christina Hendricks, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Duplass, Bob Odenkirk, Bill Hader, Mandy Patinkin, Donald Faison, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Schwartz, Karen Gillan, Emily Browning, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Stuart Murdoch, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Jason Momoa, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Shiloh Fernandez, Billy Crudup, Lilly Collins, Mark Indelicato, Joe Swanberg, Steve Coogan, Matt Walsh, Ted Danson, Michael C. Hall, William H. Macy

Celebrities I Interacted With at Sundance:

  • Joe Manganiello, Aaron and Lauren Paul. John Slattery (who spent a few minutes with my friends and me discussing our lives), Richard Ayoade, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell (with whom I discussed my fear of him since seeing him in The Green Mile), Dan Stevens, Jorge Garcia, Elijah Wood, Richard Schiff, Miles Teller, John Carroll Lynch, Mark Webber, Cameron Monaghan, Jason Ritter (who wished me a happy 13th birthday), Melanie Lynskey, Olly Alexander, Jim O’Heir, Shailene Woodley, Josh Wiggins, Deke Gardner, and Amy Poehler (the queen of my life)

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Aaron Paul entering the world premiere of his film, Hellion.

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My friend Kaitlynn and me with Jason Ritter.

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My friend Kaitlynn and me with Jim O’Heir, star of Parks and Recreation.

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Jorge Garcia, star of Lost, and me at the world premiere of The Guest.

Movies I Saw at Sundance:

  • The Double — This was definitely a successful way to start of my Sundance viewings. The Double had its premiere last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it was still exciting to see it much earlier than the general public. The plot can be a bit confusing, and there’s no real sense of setting (a conscious choice on the director’s part), but the story is compelling and weird enough to keep you hooked. Jesse Eisenberg stars, playing two different characters who are essentially people with opposite personalities but identical appearances. If you’re into cerebral dramas (with a strong infusion of comedy), this is a movie for you.
  • The Guest — Putting my feelings about this movie into words has been a serious struggle. The Guest stars Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame as “David,” a man who’s just returned from a military tour in the Middle East and heads straight to the family of a fallen comrade. From the opening scenes, The Guest is clearly a spoof of sorts, making fun of the conventions of horror and thriller films. The movie is never exactly scary, but it does follow the same formula of many horror films. It’s very fun to watch, especially if you pick up on the multitude of references to Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, and Quentin Tarantino that the film makes. My only warning to my fellow Downton fanatics: Dan Stevens is playing someone completely, 100% different from Matthew Crawley. Be warned. You’re bound to have some serious emotions about this.

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Dan Stevens, star of The Guest and Downton Abbey, with me at the world premiere of The Guest.

 

  • Laggies — Laggies is the kind of movie that is almost certain to find success with “indie” summer audiences. This is the story of Megan (Keira Knightley), a twenty-eight-year-old experiencing a quarter-life crisis, who befriends Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz), a sixteen-year-old high school rebel. The movie is cute, funny, and sweet, but never really challenges the audience in any way. I would’ve preferred if it had been a bit edgier, but it was enjoyable as is, and I’m sure it will delight mass audiences upon its theatrical release.
  • God’s Pocket — God’s Pocket, John Slattery’s feature film directorial debut, is the story of several seedy characters in the late 1970s in New York. Despite its star-studded cast (which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, and Richard Jenkins), I didn’t really feel like this one hit the mark. I wasn’t entirely interested in the story, and it felt like the film was trying to cover too many plot lines in 90 minutes. The story was adapted from a novel, so I would like to think the the stories might be more flushed out on the page than they were on screen. Unfortunately, this ranked among my least favorite films I saw.

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My friends Kaitlynn and Lendee and me with John Slattery, director of the Sundance film God’s Pocket and star of Mad Men.

  • God Help the Girl — We now move to one of my very favorite films I saw at Sundance, a musical written by Stuart Murdoch of the band Belle and Sebastian. God Help the Girl is 111 minutes of pure, unadulterated joy, enhanced by a talented young cast who exemplify the therapeutic abilities of music. I cannot wait for this film to be released in some capacity where I can see it again and listen to the soundtrack over and over and over. I’m obsessed, which you might be able to tell from the glee on my face in the following picture.

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Olly Alexander, star of God Help the Girl and the cutest person ever, with me after the world premiere of his film.

  • Somewhere in the Valley… — This was the first short film I saw, and one I’m more than happy to forget. The plot line and jokes felt very forced, and the story was entirely unbelievable (though, according to the director, the story was based on something that really happened in Europe. Go figure.). I was very unimpressed by this film, but, thankfully, it was no indication of the quality of the film it preceded: La Bare.
  • La Bare — A documentary about male strippers directed by an actor from Magic Mike? What more can you want? (Okay, just kidding. Kind of.) La Bare is indeed a documentary about male strippers in Texas directed by Joe Manganiello of Magic Mike and True Blood fame, but it isn’t really the movie it sounds like. Just like Magic Mike, La Bare is about much more than male strippers, and I think Manganiello did a fantastic job in his directorial debut of capturing the nuances of the men he profiled, making them something much more than just caricatures of themselves. This shows that Manganiello might have a more promising future in entertainment that you’d expect, so watch out for him.

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Joe Manganiello, director of La Bare and star of Magic Mike and True Blood, with me after the world premiere of his film.

  • Hellion — Hellion is the kind of movie that sticks with you. This film tells the story of a young family in Texas, broken by the loss of the two young sons’ mother. Josh Wiggins and Deke Gardner play these boys and deliver standout performances as kids caught between wrong and right, and they are certainly young actors you should look out for. Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis also give great performances as the only, semi-present adults in these kids’ lives. The final scenes in the film are both heartbreaking and frightening, and will certainly leave audiences with much to ponder for a long time after it ends.

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Aaron Paul, Josh Wiggins, and Deke Gardner during the Q&A after a screening of their film, Hellion.

  • Song One — Song One is the kind of movie that I can’t stop thinking about, but not in a good way. One of the first things I said after seeing it (the same point that was made by a critic from Variety) was that if the setting of this movie was moved south a few states to North Carolina, it’d be the story straight from the pages of Nicholas Sparks. Anne Hathaway stars as Franny, a doctoral student who returns home upon hearing that her (somewhat estranged) brother is in a coma after being hit by a car. The brother, Henry, is an aspiring musician, which leads Franny to contact his favorite singer, with whom she starts a romantic relationship. See the Nicholas Sparks happening? Overall, the movie was fine, nothing more, nothing less. Mary Steenburgen was the film’s highlight as Franny and Henry’s scene-stealing mother. Kind of a forgettable movie, though, and one I’m not likely to recommend.

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The cast (featuring Mary Steenburgen and Anne Hathaway) and director of Song One.

  • White Bird in a Blizzard — I didn’t really know what to expect from this film, but I’m very glad I saw it. Shailene Woodley stars as Kat, a girl trying to move on after her mother disappears. Though the movie sounds like a drama, it’s much funnier than you’d expect, and the comedy paired with the stylized cinematography make for a very entertaining movie experience. Also, watch out for a twist ending. It’s totally worth it.

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The director and cast (including Gabourey Sidibe, Shailene Woodley, and Christopher Meloni) of White Bird in a Blizzard.

  • Funnel — This was the second short film I saw, presented before our screening of Happy Christmas. Based on our first short film experience, I was a little wary of this one, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Funnel was hilariously funny and entertaining, with a deceptively simple plot focused on a man walking back to his car from a gas station after his car has stopped working. If you have a chance to see this, you should.
  • Happy Christmas — After recently watching Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg’s last film, I was very excited to see Happy Christmas, a movie starring Anna Kendrick as a somewhat lost twentysomething. The entire cast is great, and features a breakout performance by Swanberg’s two-year-old son, Jude (seriously, this baby is talented). The most surprising and impressive aspect of the film came in the Q&A following the screening, when Swanberg revealed to the audience that his cast improvised the entire movie from a twelve-page outline he’d written. This knowledge will give viewers a whole new perspective on this smart and entertaining film. I look forward to more work from Swanberg in the near future.

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Joe Swanberg, director and star of Happy Christmas, during a Q&A after a screening of his film.

  • The Skeleton Twins — This has been one of the most talked about films of Sundance this year, noted for Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig’s unexpectedly great performances in dramatic roles. In that regard, it’s satisfying to see that Hader and Wiig won’t be disappearing from fame after their respective departures from Saturday Night Live. This is a smart, well-acted, relatable family drama that’s sure to attract audiences, and one that will hopefully solidify Hader’s and Wiig’s roles as respected Hollywood actors.
  • Listen Up Philip — Listen Up Philip was the only Sundance film that I actively disliked. Despite the cast that I was very excited about (Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter), I found this film exhausting, sexist, and annoying. Philip, played by Schwartzman, is completely unlikeable as a floundering writer; I never felt an ounce of sympathy toward him. The women in the film were the only slightly likelable characters, but their portrayal as victims of the men in their lives made them all seem dependent and pathetic, and I couldn’t really identify with them either. It should also be noted that I found the film’s director Alex Ross Perry to be kind of repulsive in the Q&A following the screening. He clearly put the worst of himself onscreen in the characters of Philip and Ike (Jonathan Price), and I didn’t find it at all enjoyable.
  • Whiplash — Thankfully, in light of the experience of Listen Up Philip, my next film was the most (deservedly) buzzed about film of Sundance: the opening night film, Whiplash. Whiplash is a movie about an aspiring jazz drummer (played by the fantastic Miles Teller) and his formidable teacher Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). The plot line is simple, but the movie is executed brilliantly, including sharp editing that only serves to enhance the strong musical elements of the film. If the final sequence of the film doesn’t leave you feeling surprised, breathless, and inspired, you’ve done something wrong. I really hope this film’s longevity plays out to keep in on the awards circuit radar for 2015, because it’s definitely deserving.

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My friend Kaitlynn and me with Miles Teller, star of Whiplash, on Main Street in Park City.

  • Freedom Summer — My final film at Sundance was a documentary about the summer of 1964 in Mississippi and the movement known as Freedom Summer in which primarily white college students traveled south to attempt to shed light on the racial injustices in the state. Though the subject matter was great, I didn’t feel like the film was executed as perfectly as it could have been, but it was still an interesting experience. The film was made in collaboration with PBS, and I think that’s quite clear in the way it’s put together; it felt much more like a TV documentary than one made for theaters. Despite these small qualms, I think this is an important film for Americans to see, especially since this is a relatively unknown movement in our not-so-distant past that should be a source of inspiration for the continuing social injustices in America today.

So, in a nutshell, these were the highlights of my Sundance experience. I’ve now returned to the real world, where I’m two days into my final semester as an undergraduate student (whaaat?). Here’s hoping that the buzz of Sundance doesn’t wear off until graduation! Sundance, I’ll see you in 2015.

 

Emmy Awards Part 1: My Predictions/Hopes for the Comedy Categories

While I’ve got the time to indulge in one of my very favorite pastimes (award show prediction/discussion/obsession) before I begin my senior year of college, I’ve decided to go full force and share with you my picks for the Emmy Awards, airing September 22 on CBS. In this post, I’ll only be discussing my picks for the comedy categories, but I’ll also be posting about the drama categories, and, if I’m feeling extra ambitious, the miniseries/movie categories. Here goes nothing!

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory • CBS
  • Girls • HBO
  • Louie • FX Networks
  • Modern Family • ABC
  • 30 Rock • NBC
  • Veep • HBO

Because my very favorite show Parks and Recreation was AGAIN shut out in almost all categories, I would be happiest to see either Girls or Veep win in this category, but I’m really not sure how I see this one playing out. I would also be happy with another win for 30 Rock‘s final season. Either way, Modern Family does NOT deserve another win this year, so I’m hoping we’ll see a change here.

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jason Bateman • Arrested Development
  • Jim Parsons • The Big Bang Theory
  • Matt LeBlanc • Episodes
  • Don Cheadle • House of Lies
  • Louis C.K. • Louis
  • Alec Baldwin • 30 Rock

This is another difficult category for me. I kind of think Alec Baldwin has won enough for his role as Jack Donaghy, and this season of Arrested Development wasn’t the best. However, I think I’m still rooting for Jason Bateman here, but I’d also be very happy to see Matt LeBlanc win (out of loyalty, of course). However, it’s been a big year for Louis C.K., so a win for him wouldn’t surprise me.

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Laura Dern • Enlightened
  • Lena Dunham • Girls
  • Edie Falco • Nurse Jackie
  • Amy Poehler • Parks and Recreation
  • Tina Fey • 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus • Veep

Because Parks and Recreation is my favorite, I’m obviously going with Amy Poehler as my top pick in this category. It’s such a shame that this show isn’t getting the recognition it deserves. However, I think this category really is wide open. I could see Tina Fey winning again for her final season of 30 Rock, and I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus is more deserving for this season of Veep than when she won for its first season last year. But, again, I could also see Girls getting more attention, so Lena Dunham is another viable candidate. Personally, while I love Girls, I think Dunham showed off more of her dramatic skills than comedic this season, so she’s not my top pick here.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Adam Driver • Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson • Modern Family
  • Ed O’Neill • Modern Family
  • Ty Burrell • Modern Family
  • Bill Hader • Saturday Night Live
  • Tony Hale • Veep

While I don’t think that Modern Family is deserving of taking up half the spots in this category, I’m very happy to see some new faces represented in the other spots. I’m kind of divided between these other three. I think Adam Driver has created a totally original character on Girls, and his comedic style is all his own. Tony Hale is another of my favorites, and I could see him receiving favor here because of his work as another great supporting comedic character on Arrested Development, a role he’s never been nominated for. And finally, Bill Hader is so immensely talented that I’d be very happy to see him win. Overall, I think Hale is my favorite here, with Driver in a close second.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik • The Big Bang Theory
  • Jane Lynch • Glee
  • Sofia Vergara • Modern Family
  • Julie Bowen • Modern Family
  • Merritt Wever • Nurse Jackie
  • Jake Krakowski • 30 Rock
  • Anna Chlumsky • Veep

This is another tough one for me, because I don’t have a major favorite. I’m kind of hoping Modern Family gets shut out in most of its nominated categories, and again, I’m glad to see some new faces represented here. Personally, my favorite in this category is Anna Chlumsky, but I’d also be happy to see Jane Krakowski win.

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Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Bob Newhart • The Big Bang Theory
  • Nathan Lane • Modern Family
  • Bobby Cannavale • Nurse Jackie
  • Louis C.K. • Saturday Night Live
  • Justin Timberlake • Saturday Night Live
  • Will Forte • 30 Rock

Though I’m very happy Justin Timberlake hosted SNL for his fifth time this year, it wasn’t my favorite of his episodes, so here I’m going with Louis C.K., even if it’s for his great monologue alone.

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Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Molly Shannon • Enlightened
  • Melissa Leo • Louie
  • Melissa McCarthy • Saturday Night Live
  • Kristen Wiig • Saturday Night Live
  • Elaine Stritch • 30 Rock

This one is a no-brainer for me: Melissa McCarthy is a fantastically funny actress, and she deserves recognition for her second hosting of SNL. However, I could see this category going to Wiig, who was previously nominated during her time at SNL, but never won. This would be a good chance to recognize her for her great work with the show, but McCarthy’s episode was better.

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