Thursday, September 15, 2011

Emmy Post 7

Today’s post is for Lead Acting Performances.

Lead Performance in a Drama Series – Actor


  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson on “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor on “Friday Night Lights”
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper on “Mad Men”
  • Hugh Laurie as Gregory House on “House”
  • Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens on “Justified”

My Vote: I think Steve Buscemi is going to be winning this one.

Lead Performance in a Drama Series – Actress


  • Kathy Bates as Harriet “Harry” Korn on “Harry’s Law”
  • Connie Britton as Tami Taylor on “Friday Night Lights”
  • Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden on “The Killing”
  • Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick on “The Good Wife”
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson on “Mad Men”

My Vote: Elisabeth Moss. However, since this is Melissa’s blog an honorable mention goes to Mariska Hargitay for SVU.

Lead Performance in a Comedy Series – Actor


  • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”
  • Steve Carell as Michael Scott on “The Office”
  • Louis C.K. as Louie on “Louie”
  • Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter on “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Matt LeBlanc as himself on “Episodes”
  • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory”

My Vote: I think that Steve Carell will get this as a farewell award. My personal pick would be Jim Parsons just for the fact of getting to see his character dance.

Lead Performance in a Comedy Series – Actress


  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on “30 Rock”
  • Laura Linney as Catherine “Cathy” Jamison on “The Big C”
  • Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn on “Mike & Molly”
  • Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance on “Raising Hope”
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation”

My Vote: Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler. This was a fantastic episode for her being able to play two different, hilarious sides of her character.

Lead Performance in a Miniseries or Movie – Actor


  • Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”
  • Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall in “Thurgood”
  • William Hurt as Henry Paulson in “Too Big to Fail”
  • Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy in “The Kennedys”
  • Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy in “The Kennedys”
  • Edgar Ramirez as Carlos the Jackal in “Carlos”

My Vote: Some time ago I saw a stage performance of Laurence Fishburne doing Thurgood and really enjoyed it. My pick is Thurgood.

Lead Performance in a Miniseries or Movie – Actress


  • Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin in “Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”
  • Diane Lane as Pat Loud in “Cinema Verite”
  • Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
  • Jean Marsh as Rose Buck in “Upstairs Downstairs”
  • Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce in “Mildred Pierce”

My Vote: Kate Winslet will definitely win this. Mildred Pierce has been seen in almost every category possible.

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