Jim Parsons and Jesse Ferguson are the only Gay actors in major races this year
by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
2012 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
September 23, 4 p.m. PT
Where have all the Gay actors gone? Glancing over the list of 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees, one immediately notices the scarcity of LGBT community representatives compared to the past few years. Jim Parsons, who officially came out a few months ago, could win his third gold statuette for his role on The Big Bang Theory. Jesse Tyler Ferguson could land his first for playing whiny, nelly Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. But aside from them, it's a pretty straight lineup - Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Alan Cumming, and Chris Colfer, all in the running last year, didn't make the cut this time around. Still, there are some incredibly tight races that will be decided Sunday night when awards for TV's finest are given out. The ceremony will be broadcast live, just like the Oscars, for the first time ever, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting. Here are my picks in the top categories.
Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Homeland, Game of Thrones
Will Win: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or Homeland. There's real drama this year for the big prize, with two standout AMC shows and an HBO upstart vying for the honor. Mad Men could win a record fifth in a row.
Should Win: Breaking Bad. Mad Men was excellent last season - that LSD episode was a trip! Homeland is gritty and intense. But there's nothing else on TV like Breaking Bad, and the fourth season was pure genius.
Nominees: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock, Veep, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory
Will Win: Modern Family. A three-peat is inevitable for this mainstream sitcom, still laugh-out-loud hilarious after three seasons - the 'Tableau Vivant' episode had me rolling. This is top-notch comedy.
Should Win: Girls. Slightly better than Modern Family last year was Lena Dunham's bold, nerdy freshman series about 20-something women experiencing life's oohs and blahs, produced by Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up).
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Nominees: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
Will/Should Win: Cranston. He's so damn good that I don't even feel sorry for Hamm or Lewis, who were riveting on their respective dramas.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Nominees: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), Claire Danes (Homeland), Glenn Close (Damages)
Will/Should Win: Danes. Nobody can touch her stellar work from Homeland's first season, not even the otherwise deserving Moss.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Nominees: Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Louis C.K. (Louie), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Will Win: Cheadle. I'm going on a whim - Cheadle, an Oscar nominee for Hotel Rwanda, is the newcomer in this category (aside from Cryer, who got promoted from supporting), and occasionally Emmy voters go with a fresh face.
Should Win: Parsons. Everything that comes out of Sheldon Cooper's mouth is hysterical, thanks to this guy.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Nominees: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Will Win: Louis-Dreyfus. This pretty much has had her name on it since the pilot episode, and honestly she's a hoot.
Should Win: Dunham or Poehler. Dreyfus is great, but both these women are more deserving.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Nominees: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Will Win: Harris. OMG, was he not irresistible last season on Mad Men?! I loved to hate him.
Should Win: Paul. Seriously, this is the toughest category of the night. With the exception of Carter, all of these guys deserve it - even Coyle's shy and reserved performance on Downton is sensational. Paul, however, had so much on his plate in season four that it would be a shame not to reward him again (he got it in 2010).
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Nominees: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Will Win: Smith. Nobody throws out one-liners like she does on Downton, and she's a beloved veteran who can still act rings around her competitors.
Should Win: Gunn. It's a feat in itself that she finally got nominated. And in this field of solid nominees (hats off to Hendricks in 'The Other Woman' episode), she turned a silent housewife into an unabashed drug conspirator.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Nominees: Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Will/Should Win: Ferguson. Someone from Modern Family is going to win, but who? Seeing that Stonestreet and Burrell have taken the award home in 2010 and 2011, respectively, it's finally Ferguson's turn. Unless O'Neill gets it in an upset.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Nominees: Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Will Win: Wiig. This category is really up in the air - even the late Joosten has a shot. I'm just trying not to jinx Vergara by picking Wiig.
Should Win: Vergara. She's overdue, so let the Colombian goddess reign on Sunday night! My second pick, however, is Bialik, and I won't pout if she gets it.
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