Emmy predix: Who will win best guest actor/actress in comedy/drama

ausiello-predixImage Credit: Michael Yarish/Fox; Dana Edelson/NBC; Randy Tepper/Showtime;The proliferation of stunt casting has turned the typically mundane guest-acting races into major Emmy spectacles. To wit, for the first time in history I’m handicapping all four of the categories! (Note: The winners will be announced this weekend at the increasingly scrumptious Emmy appetizer known as the Schmemmys.)

Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men)
Betty White (Saturday Night Live)

The Front-runner: White. The indefatigable Golden Girl is a virtual lock.

The Dark Horse: Chenoweth. No one expected her to win last year for Pushing Daisies. Maybe she’s got another trick up her sleeve?

The Most Egregious Snub: Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock and/or Modern Family). Take your pick. She was hilarious in both.

Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
Lily Tomlin (Damages)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)

The Front-runner: Tomlin. Her Damages widow was ruthless, desperate, and—here’s the amazing part—wholly sympathetic.

The Dark Horse: Spacek. Her role as Bill Paxton’s nemesis was one of the only bright spots in Big Love‘s disappointing fourth season.

The Most Egregious Snub: Sara Gilbert (Grey’s Anatomy). The Roseanne star displayed surprising dramatic chops as a terminal-cancer patient.

Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
Fred Willard (Modern Family)
Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
Will Arnett (30 Rock)

The Front-runner: O’Malley. He loves his gay son. ‘Nuff said.

The Dark Horse: Arnett. Should voters deem O’Malley’s work too dramatic for a comedy category, Arnett could pull off an upset.

The Most Egregious Snub: Michael Sheen (30 Rock). He played Liz’s imperfect boyfriend perfectly. Voters will likely get a shot to right this wrong, since he’s expected back this season.

Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Ted Danson (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife)
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Gregory Itzin (24)

The Front-runner: Lithgow. I don’t believe an explanation is necessary here.

The Dark Horse: It seems silly to name a dark horse when I know for a fact that Lithgow will win, but if I have to pick someone, I guess I’ll go with Danson. His Arthur Frobisher was almost as creepy as Trinity.

The Most Egregious Snub: Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights).  Emmy voters are going to feel really stupid when they finally get around to watching “The Son.”

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  • mr.ocd

    bah, why isn’t Elizabeth Mitchell a front runner.

    • E-Ross


      • Jersey Jeff

        Oh what a suprise! Ausillo picks the father who loves his Gay son. Nothing to do with his acting, just hat he loves his gay son.

      • Dave

        Mitchell is always my front runner!

      • tomm

        yes, “Jersey Jeff”, because only people like you deserve life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Enjoy Jersey!

      • M

        Jersey Jeff:

        First off, it’s Ausiello.

        Second of all, if you even watched one of the scenes between Colfer and O’Malley, you would realize that he does deserve it, and that his acting is head and shoulders above the other nominees.

        Homophobia has no place in this world, and neither do homophobes like you. May the pollution of New Jersey deform you and your spawn.

      • Kris

        Mike O’Malley IS the front runer he always has been it has nothing to do with Ausiello. His performances have been amazing.

      • Mikos

        Probably cuz she was in Lost for about 90 seconds this season. Love her but you just can’t do that.

      • Ben

        As an ardent Lost fan who thinks that Lost should win in every other category, there is no way in hell that Elizabeth Mitchell should win this gong. Enough said. Mike O’Malley should though – every appearance managed to make a comedy genuinely hit home better than most dramas.

      • Karen

        Seriously I LOVE ELIZABETH MITCHELL. She should have been nominated the three years before, so this is the Emmy people making up for it and SHE BETTER WIN or I will never watch the Emmys ever again.

    • Mac

      I would love to see her win (still pissed she wasnt nominated in season 3), but i dont think she is a front runner mainly due to lack of screen time.
      Did she submit the premier or finale?

    • Woot

      She isn’t a front runner because she had about 5 minutes of screen time in an hour and 45 minute episode. She should be thankful even to be nominated. Though I would not be upset if she won.

    • Matt

      She’d be my vote.

    • t.t

      dark horse for male drama should be cumming his character is charming, annoying, and interesting all at once!

      • Dave

        He shouldn’t even be a dark horse, but a favorite. Ari is an awesome role and Cumming steals every scene he’s in.

    • Jetouellet

      I’d say her death scene (while unnecessary) was good enough to be nominated, but lacking the oompf enough to win. Her finale scenes weren’t that special either.

    • wingster

      Because she was absolutely unimpressive this season?

    • Kate

      I thought Elizabeth was fantastic. She deserves to win

    • Kate

      I thought Elizabeth was fantastic. She absolutely deserves to win!

      • Kate

        opps that came up twice

  • Mac

    Isn’t Mary Kay Place a series regular on Big Love? She was in I believe every episode last season and she has been with the series since the begining?

    • Snsetblaze

      I thought the same thing – even if she’s not in every episode – her role is big enough and she’s in enough episode’s not to be a “guest star.”

    • LAJackie

      Heather Locklear was a special guest star in her whole run on Melrose Place (six, seven years?). I’m guessing it’s how they’re billed in the credits. However, I haven’t seen Big Love so I don’t know in this instance.

  • anna

    Elizabeth Mitchell ftmfw! she deserves that emmy.

  • Mariah

    I agree with Mike O’Malley. His performance made me cry. I can’t believe that he is the same guy I watched host GUTS when I was a kid! Such a great perfrormance in Glee.

    • Jersey Jeff

      Made me puke

      • Ford

        Poor Jersey Jeff the whole world is moving forward openly,intelligently,and with consideration while you still sit in your cave and wonder how those other cavemen made that damned fire and wheel!If you and your opinion were worth it,you’d make us puke!

    • tomm

      guess what Joisey, the world is changing. No more 2nd class citizens to pick on to make low lifes feel good about their sad lives.

    • Katyo

      Ditto Mariah, the relationship between Kurt and his father is one of the most real and touching things on Glee. They are both perfect in their roles.

  • Peter

    More than any other categories at the Emmys, Guest Actor/Actress slots are always popularity contest. You’ll almost NEVER see an “up and coming” person nominated in these categories- which is a shame. In a just world, Zach Gilford would’ve easily gotten a nod along with PLENTY of lesser known single episodic performers.

    They might as well renamed the award to “Best Performance By An Established Actor/Actress In A Limited Role”.

    • Zach

      So true. I always thought that during the first season or two of Grey’s Anatomy when these relative nobodies came in and gave the performance of their careers.

    • Boar expert

      Wasn’t Michael Emerson considered “up-and-coming” when he won for The Practice? Still, Gilford should have been nominated.

    • MCS

      It’s true that John Lithgow isn’t an up and comer, but anyone who has seen Lithgow’s performance knows he is deserving of it. I’m a big fan of Gilford, but this is deservedly Lithgow’s.

  • jordan

    yeah she was amazing on the lost finale!

  • Julz

    Agree on Zach Gilford. He should absolutely been nominated and won.

  • EARL

    Don’t count out Elizabeth Mitchell just yet! She was only in a few scenes during the last season of Lost, but they were pretty freakin’ awesome! The scene with Sawyer and Juliet at the hospital vending machine should win her than Emmy!!!

  • Dan

    Baranski, Mitchell, Harris and Baker to win!

  • pop

    Wesley Snipes (Michael Sheen for those of you who don’t watch 30 rock) was the best.

    • Woot

      “There is only one Wesley Snipes!”…… “You know that’s not true.”

  • Jethro

    This category is so dumb, as most of them are regulars on these show. Guest starring at one time was a one shot episode, but by the look of the amount of nominees in this category, it’s appears to be the leftovers that did not make the supporting categories.

    If you remove the ones that appeared in more than one episode then the category and its titled should remain the same.

    Kathryn J. from D/H has one the Emmy twice for this role, and has been on the show since the first season, what gives and just makes no sense.

  • the tenor

    They even had an EXTRA nominee in Guest Actor Drama and STILL didn’t nominate Zach Gilford?! Seriously people. Beau Bridges in The Closer, Really?

    • Buffy Freak

      Beau Bridges seems like a really nice guy but his performance on the Closer was just ridiculous….I can’t believe he landed an Emmy nom for it…

  • Flávia

    I don’t think Elizabeth Mitchell will win, but I would love to be wrong, because she deserves to win. She is fantastic.
    And so is Zach Gilford. He should have been nominated and won. He made me cry in “The son”.

  • Bellie

    Ooh, yes, Zach Gilford and Michael Sheen should’ve DEFINITELY been nominated.

  • J

    Gilford’s snub is sickening, but maybe if all the buzz around him mentioned the correct category he was in, he would have been nominated. Can’t blame voters not seeing “The Son” when they all had the entire 4th season sent to them.

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