Inside track: Emmy acting races for comedy series
In an earlier post, I shared the breakdown of the acting races for best drama series (complete with titles of episodes being viewed by Emmy judges) that appeared in the recent print edition of The Envelope in the Los Angeles Times. Here's the equivalent comedy list plus who's in the running for best lead actor and actress in TV movie/mini.
BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ("Don Geiss, America, and Hope")
Steve Carrell, "The Office" ("The Cover Up")
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("Seinfeld")
Matthew Morrison, "Glee" ("Mash Up")
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Pants Alternative")
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and the End, Parts I and II")
SPOTLIGHT: Three-time past champ Shalhoub could get a parting Emmy gift for the final episode of "Monk" in which he's poisoned, battles his usual phobias, weeps over memories of his dead wife and finally, after eight TV seasons, solves her murder. Or Emmy voters could get all choked up with nostalgia while viewing the "Seinfeld" reunion on David's submission.
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara" ("Tornado!")
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" ("Pilot")
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ("Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" ("I Love What You Do for Me")
Lea Michele, "Glee" ("Sectionals")
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation" ("Telethon")
SPOTLIGHT: Barbra Streisand won an Oscar for belting out "Don't Rain on My Parade" in "Funny Girl." Now Michele croons the same in her Emmy episode. Good omen? Collette won the Emmy last year for portraying multiple personalities, but currently battles her Showtime rival Falco, who triumphed three times as tough mafia momma on "The Sopranos."
BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" ("Game Changer")
Chris Colfer, "Glee" ("Laryngitis")
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men" ("Captain Terry's Spray-On Hair")
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" ("Family Portrait")
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother" ("Girls vs. Suits")
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" ("Fizbo")
SPOTLIGHT: Here's the ultimate "Family" squabble. The whole cast of "Modern Family" decided that the series is such an ensemble that everybody will compete in supporting. Thus, there's a traffic jam of costars here, but hey, where's Ed O'Neill? He was snubbed years ago for "Married … with Children" too, which was one of the longest-running TV series never to win an Emmy.
BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" ("My Funky Valentine")
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock" ("Black Light Attack")
Jane Lynch, "Glee" ("Power of Madonna")
Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men" ("Give Me Your Thumb")
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" ("Not in My House")
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" (host James Franco)
SPOTLIGHT: Repeat winners often dominate this category (Doris Roberts won four times, Megan Mullally twice), but the coast is clear with no past champs. However, there are several repeat nominees who are overdue: Krakowski, Taylor and Wiig.
BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Maggie Smith, "Capturing Mary"
Joan Allen, "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"
SPOTLIGHT: Over the last decade, this category has been won six times by Oscar champs, including Smith, who prevailed in 2003 for portraying an eccentric British novelist in "My House in Umbria." Smith's only Oscar rival here is Dench, who lost when she was nominated for the original "Cranford" at the 2007 Emmys. Front-runner is probably Danes as a real-life woman who triumphed over autism.
BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Jeff Bridges, "A Dog Year"
Ian McKellen, "The Prisoner"
Michael Sheen, "The Special Relationship"
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"
SPOTLIGHT: Seven of the last 10 winners portrayed real people, including Pacino who triumphed as Roy Cohn in "Angels in America" (2004). Currently, Pacino is nominated as Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian, Sheen as Tony Blair, Quaid as Bill Clinton and Bridges as a writer who matches wits with his crazy border collie.