by pat howard

EMMYS ’07 | The Manifesto’s predictions

In 30 Rock, Elizabeth Perkins, Grey's Anatomy, Mary-Louise Parker, Predictions, Primetime Emmys, Weeds on September 16, 2007 at 4:55 pm

In just a little while, at 8p/7c, Ryan Seacrest hosts the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox (nominees). Here are my stabs in the dark at who will (or at least who should) be walking away with a statuette this evening.

(Never mind that the ubiquity of television makes it nearly impossible to create a level playing field and that just because something is good doesn’t mean people will watch it. These are the kinds of realities we leave behind on this most self-congratulatory of evenings of the TV year, a celebration of the last season’s worth of primetime programming, for better or for worse.)

My hunches, suspicions, and hopes:

Supporting Actor – Drama
It seems like if buzz is a determining factor here, it’s between Heroes‘ Masi Oka and The Sopranos‘ Michael Imperioli. I doubt that anyone will be surprised if The Sopranos cleans up in its final Emmy outing.

Supporting Actress – Drama
Another Sopranos category, but if Lorraine Bracco doesn’t get it just because The Sopranos is gone for good, it belongs in the deserving hands of Sandra Oh, who had remarkable range in a dark season of Grey’s Anatomy.

Supporting Actor – Comedy
I haven’t seen enough of any of these shows this season to make an educated judgment, so my shot in the dark is Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother.

Supporting Actress – Comedy
I’ve got a blind spot for Weeds, I suppose, but only because it is so fantastic. From the writing to the amazing cinematography and savvy soundtrack, and of course, the brilliant and talented cast, including Elizabeth Perkins, who did great work as Celia Hodes in season two last fall.

Lead Actor – Drama
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos.

Lead Actress – Drama
If not Edie Falco (The Sopranos), then old reliable Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters.

Lead Actor – Comedy
I think it’s between the once and future Office stars, Ricky Gervais for Extras and Steve Carrell for The Office stateside. Advantage: Gervais.

Lead Actress – Comedy
Mary-Louise Parker’s face alone could take on any of the other ladies in this category, but I suspect the Academy will look fondly on newcomer America Ferrara of Ugly Betty.

Outstanding Drama
I will be shocked if The Sopranos doesn’t take the title one last time.

Outstanding Comedy
My money’s on Tina Fey’s newcomer 30 Rock.

There you have it. We’ll see how good a guesser I am later tonight.

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