So I got 3/4 right on the Guest Acting, and too be honest, I'm glad I was wrong about the one I missed. I made a shot about the outside possibility of Loretta Devine winning, but I was really just posturing, and probably just wanted it to happen. Well, by God, it actually did. I am thrilled for her, as she is a fantastic actress, and a hard working one, and deserves this honor. I also was happy to get the Variety Special, Reality, Special Class, and Host right, although none of them were particularly difficult. Now I have to admit that while I did well in some of the major categories, I know absolutely nothing about the technical categories at the Emmys, and promise to do more research before next year, so that I do not embarrass myself as much as I did. Now here are a few tidbits that might be useful for predicting the big ceremony next weekend:
1) Boardwalk Empire won 7 awards, meaning that it has a lot of support from the technical branches, and Mad Men only won 1. I think I am still going to predict Mad Men, but it looks like there is a real race here.
2) Mildred Pierce could also not be as strong as once thought, as it lost many of its supposedly slam-dunk technical wins to programs such as The Kennedys and Downton Abbey, both of which could give it a run for its money.
3) Game of Thrones will NOT win Best Drama Series
4) Modern Family wins based on the Writing and the Acting, as it only one one (I think one, if not very few) of its technical nods.
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTOR
Paul McCrane, "Harry's Law"
BEST DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Loretta Devine, "Grey's Anatomy"
BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Justin Timberlake, "Saturday Night Live"
BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTRESS
Gwyneth Paltrow, "Glee"
BEST REALITY SERIES
BEST REALITY HOST
Jeff Probst, "Survivor"
BEST VARIETY SPECIAL
"The Kennedy Center Honors"
BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
Lonny Price, "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert"
BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING
Dave Boone, Matt Roberts and Mo Rocca, "64th Annual Tony Awards"
BEST ANIMATED PROGRAM
BEST SHORT-FORM ANIMATED PROGRAM
"Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa"
BEST CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
"A Child's Garden of Poetry"
BEST CHILDREN'S NONFICTION REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
"Nick News With Linda Ellerbee: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics"
BEST NONFICTION SPECIAL
BEST NONFICTION SERIES
EXCEPTIONAL MERIT IN NONFICTION FILMMAKING
BEST NONFICTION PROGRAMMING DIRECTING
Josh Fox, "Gasland"
BEST NONFICTION PROGRAMMING WRITING
Stanley Nelson, "Freedom Riders"
BEST SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM
"64th Annual Tony Awards"
BEST SPECIAL CLASS SHORT FORMAT - LIVE ACTION ENTERTAINMENT
"The Daily Show Correspondents Explain"
BEST SPECIAL CLASS SHORT FORMAT - NONFICTION
"Jay Leno's Garage"
(Tie) Mia Michaels, "So You Think You Can Dance" and Tabitha Dumo and Napoleon Dumo, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Born of Fire - Chrysler 200
BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA
"Oscar Digital Experience"
BEST MAIN TITLE DESIGN
"Game Of Thrones"
BEST STUNT COORDINATION
BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Maurice LaMarche, "Futurama"
BEST ART DIRECTION - MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
"Hot in Cleveland"
BEST ART DIRECTION - SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
BEST ART DIRECTION - MINISERIES OR MOVIE
BEST ART DIRECTION - VARIETY, MUSIC, OR NONFICTION PROGRAMMING
"2010 MTV Video Music Awards"
BEST CASTING - COMEDY SERIES
BEST CASTING - DRAMA SERIES
BEST CASTING - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
"Two and a Half Men"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
"Boardwalk Empire", "Home"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - NONFICTION
"Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - REALITY
BEST COSTUMES - SERIES
BEST COSTUMES - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING - DRAMA SERIES
BEST PICTURE EDITING - COMEDY SERIES
"How I Met Your Mother"
BEST SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST SHORT-FORM PICTURE EDITING
"2010 ESPY Awards"
BEST PICTURE EDITING - SPECIAL
"Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden
BEST PICTURE EDITING - NONFICTION
BEST PICTURE EDITING - REALITY
BEST HAIRSTYLING - SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
"Mad Men", "Christmas Comes but Once a Year"
BEST HAIRSTYLING - MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL
"Dancing With the Stars"
BEST HAIRSTYLING - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST LIGHTING DIRECTION - VARIETY SERIES
"So You Think You Can Dance"
BEST LIGHTING DIRECTION - VARIETY SPECIAL
"53rd Annual Grammy Awards"
BEST MAKEUP - SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
BEST MAKEUP - MULTI-CAMERA SERIES OR SPECIAL (NON-PROSTHETIC)
"Saturday Night Live"
BEST MAKEUP - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES (NON-PROSTHETIC)
BEST PROSTHETIC MAKEUP
"The Walking Dead"
BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
"Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr., in Concert on Broadway"
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC AND LYRICS
"Saturday Night Live" - "Justin Timberlake Monologue"
BEST ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
BEST SOUND EDITING - SERIES
BEST SOUND EDITING - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
"The Pillars Of The Earth"
BEST SOUND EDITING - NONFICTION
BEST SOUND MIXING - HALF-HOUR COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES AND ANIMATION
BEST SOUND MIXING - ONE-HOUR COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES
BEST SOUND MIXING - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
BEST SOUND MIXING - VARIETY SERIES OR SPECIAL
BEST SOUND MIXING - NONFICTION
BEST TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL - SERIES
BEST TECHNICAL DIRECTION, CAMERAWORK, VIDEO CONTROL - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES OR SPECIAL
Don Pasquale - Great Performances At The Met"
BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS - SERIES
BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS - TV MOVIE/MINISERIES OR SPECIAL