2012 Emmys have several solid options to honor

For years, it’s been hip/intelligent/cultured/whatevered for people to scoff at the notion of watching TV, acting as if saying “I don’t even own a TV” qualifies them for some sort of high-intelligence honor. I pity those people, as this is truly an amazing era of television.

While movies are driven my directors, mostly with an eye on financial success, TV remains a medium in which writers remain hugely important, thus providing actors with fantastic opportunities to latch on to amazing roles. As a result, there are more great shows out there now than perhaps ever before, if you’re willing to dig past some of the reality crap.

Sunday’s Emmy Awards will honor some of the year’s best, and here are my picks on what will win (predictions are in bold):

Outstanding Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Note: Breaking Bad is the best of this bunch, but I think it, Mad Men (coming off its strongest year ever) and Downtown Abbey (a weaker second season) will split the vote, thus allowing the timely Homeland to walk away with a win.

Lead Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock
Note: The simple fact neither Louie nor Parks and Recreation are on this list makes this a pointless category. Of the ones listed, Veep is the funniest, but Modern Family will keep winning.

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Note: Louis-Dreyfus was fantastic, but Poehler deserves it a bit more.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfiel, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

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