What television stars and programs will win Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010?
Each year, the Primetime Emmy Awards honor the top television programs and performances. Gleaming golden statuettes are presented to the winners in many different categories (from acting to artwork and from directing to scriptwriting).
Who are the 2010 nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards?
Here are the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award nominees for the top categories (listed alphabetically within each category)and our picks:
Best Comedy Series:
Six television comedy series have been nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award. These include Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO), Glee (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), The Office (NBC) and 30 Rock (NBC).
Has 30 Rock passed its prime for the Primetime Emmys? Glee and Modern Family are popular favorites for this category.
Best Comedy Actor
Half a dozen actors await the August 29th announcement of the winner of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedy Actor. These include Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk).
Although Alec Baldwin has picked up two consecutive Emmy Awards for his role on 30 Rock, handicappers are looking to Matthew Morrison, Jim Parsons or Tony Shalhoub to break that mold.
Best Comedy Actress
Five actresses are contenders for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedy Actress. These include Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Lea Michele (Glee) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation).
Toni Colette took home the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedy Actress in 2009, but newcomer Lea Michele of Glee is the odds-on favorite for 2010. Edie Falco and Amy Poehler may make the outcome a bit more entertaining and uncertain, however.
Best Supporting Comedy Actor
Six comic actors are vying for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Comedy Actor. These include Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family).
Modern Family’s Ty Burrell sounds like a shoe-in for this Primetime Emmy, although cast mates Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet are respectable alternatives. Besides, Neil Patrick Harris was way funnier during his brief appearance on Glee than all season on How I Met Your Mother.
Best Supporting Comedy Actress
A roster of six funny ladies fit the bill for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Comedy Actress. These include Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live).
Who will win? Hands-down, the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Comedy Actress ought to go to Jane Lynch for her sarcastic staying power as the cheer coach everyone loves to jeer on Glee.
Best Drama Series
Six intriguing television series are nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. These include Breaking Bad (AMC), Dexter (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), Lost (ABC), Mad Men (AMC) and True Blood (HBO).
Which show takes the 2010 Primetime Emmy for Best Drama? Mad Men may have won the past two years, but the late great Lost is likely to take home the prize for 2010.
Best Drama Actor
A half-dozen leading men have been tapped as nominees for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Drama Actor. These include Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Matthew Fox (Lost), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House).
TV analysts may look to Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston to grab the 2010 Primetime Emmy, but House’s Hugh Laurie and Dexter’s Michael C. Hall stand as worthy contenders as well.
Best Drama Actress
Six solid female performers round out the nominee list for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Drama Actress. These include Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).
The Closer‘s Kyra Sedgwick may be a popular favorite, but television critics resound almost unanimously for Julianna Margulies (formerly of ER) for her understated, yet powerful, work as The Good Wife.
Best Supporting Drama Actor
Nominees for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Drama Actor include six favorites. Here they are: Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age), Michael Emerson (Lost), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Martin Short (Damages) and John Slattery (Mad Men).
Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul deserves the 2010 Primetime Emmy on acting merit, but Lost‘s Michael Emerson or Terry O’Quinn may swoop in for the win.
Best Supporting Drama Actress
Half a dozen amply qualified thespians are up for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Drama Actress. These include Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Rose Byrne (Damages), Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife).
Burn Notice‘s Sharon Gless (formerly of Cagney & Lacey) is a popular entry here, but Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks will likely walk off with the Primetime Emmy this time, if her cast mate Elisabeth Moss does not grab it instead.
Best TV Movie
Six made-for-TV movies received 2010 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. These include Endgame (PBS), Georgia O’Keefe (Lifetime), Moonshot (History), The Special Relationship (HBO), Temple Grandin (HBO) and You Don’t Know Jack (HBO).
The 2010 Primetime Emmy will likely end up on display at the home of Temple Grandin.
With just two nominations, the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Miniseries is apt to go to HBO’s military drama The Pacific, rather than PBS’ Return to Cranford.
Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Six top actors were nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. These included Jeff Bridges (A Dog Year), Ian McKellen (The Prisoner), Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack), Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship) and Michael Sheen (The Special Relationship).
Al Pacino’s turn as Jack Kevorkian (aka “Dr. Death”) was spot on, sealing his fate as the likeliest winner of the 2010 Primetime Emmy.
Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominees for 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie included these six leading ladies: Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keeffe), Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Hope Davis (The Special Relationship), Judi Dench (Return to Cranford) and Maggie Smith (Capturing Mary).
Clare Danes’ time has come, as her apt portrayal of autism in Temple Grandin puts her in the forefront for the 2010 Primetime Emmy.
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Who will take home the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie? Pick from these five nominees: Michael Gambon (Emma), John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack), Jonathan Pryce (Return to Cranford), Patrick Stewart (Hamlet) and David Strathairn (Temple Grandin).
Many television critics have lauded David Strathairn’s powerful performance Temple Grandin, but Patrick Stewart’s turn in Hamlet may just eclipse the others to win the 2010 Primetime Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Five skillful performances earned nominations for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. These included Kathy Bates (Alice), Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack) and Brenda Vaccaro (You Don’t Know Jack).
Certainly, it is hard to vote against the consistently talented Kathy Bates. But Brenda Vaccaro’s work in You Don’t Know Jack positively fit the bill, making her a prime pick for the 2010 Emmy.
What are the Emmy Awards?
The annual Emmy Awards recognize excellence in television entertainment. As such, the Emmy Awards represent the TV counterpart to the Oscars/Academy Awards (motion pictures), the Grammy Awards (music) and the Tony Awards (live theater).
Three entities combine to present the annual Emmy Awards. These include the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS).
In 2010, the Emmy Awards will be presented at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday, August 29th, with the 62nd Primetime Emmy Award ceremony televised live on NBC TV. Hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon (Late Night and Saturday Night Live), the Emmy Award show will begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
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