Even More EMMY Semifinalists Leaked!

Today’s question of the day: As the flood of EMMY Semifinalists [courtesy of theenvelope.com] continue to leak out, put yourself in an actor’s position. Is there any consolation in knowing that you made it to the final round, before NOT getting nominated for an Emmy? Or would you prefer to just not know! As per usual, this TV Addict’s picks for final five are highlighted in orange.

Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment” (“Paul and Gina: Week 4”)
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights” (“Last Day of Summer”)
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (“Pilot”)
Patrick Dempsey, “Grey’s Anatomy” (episode?)
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” (“There’s Something About Harry”)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (“The Wheel”)
Eddie Izzard, “The Riches” (“Last Temptation of Wayne”)
Hugh Laurie, “House” (“House’s Head”)
Denis Leary, “Rescue Me” (“Babyface”)
James Spader, “Boston Legal” (“The Court Supreme”)

Patricia Arquette, “Medium” ( “Aftertaste”)
Glenn Close, “Damages” (“Pilot”)
Minnie Driver, “The Riches” (“Dead Calm”)
Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters” (“History Repeating”)
Mariska Hargitay, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” (“Undercover”)
Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” (“Tacos, Tulips, Duck and Spices”)
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” (“The Hobo Code”)
Mary McDonnell, “Battlestar Galactica” (“Faith”)
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” (“Manhunt”)
Jeanne Tripplehorn, “Big Love” (“Take Me As I Am”)

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men” (“Meander to Your Dander”)
Kevin Dillon, “Entourage” (“The Dream Team”)
Justin Kirk, “Weeds” (“Bill Sussman”)
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother” (“The Goat”)
John Krasinski, “The Office” (“Branch Wars”)
Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock” (“Episode 210”)
Tracy Morgan, “30 Rock” (“Secrets and Lies”)
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage” (“The Day F***ers”)
Fred Willard, “Back to You” (“Cradle to Grave”)
Rainn Wilson, “The Office” (“Money”)

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  • Mana

    Patrick Dempsey… it just makes no sense.

  • Mana, I couldn’t agree more! I mean everybody loves McDreamy, but a best actor nod. Matthew Fox must be pissed!

  • I don’t know that there are many SVU fans here, but I’m glad to see Mariska Hargitay getting well-deserved recognition for “Undercover”. She was incredible — I was physically uncomfortable watching the last half of the episode. Some of the best work I’ve seen her do on the show, hands down.

  • Mark

    Patrick Dempsey? Are you joking me? You’re right TVaddict, Matthew Fox IS going to be pissed.

    I’m glad they recognized at least ONE person from BSG, I wouldn’t have been surprised they skipped over the show just because it was SciFi. Now all we need the Academy to do is look at people who are actually talented instead of making the whole charade one big popularity contest. Seriously, James Spader last year? It’s a shame so many actors do incredible work, just to be snubbed by the Academy. Hugh Laurie never winning an Emmy comes to mind, and the fact that Jensen Ackles has never (and will never) be nominated, is not right.

  • I haven’t been as much of a Mary McDonnell advocate as most people — until this year. She has definitely impressed me this season, and I’m glad to see her in the top 10 list. In fact, she’s my top pick. It’s just a shame that Edward James Olmos isn’t in the the top 10 for men, because he’s been extra great this year too.

    For me, Hugh Laurie, James Spader, and Denis Leary are always great picks. I don’t totally comprehend the inclusion of Patrick Dempsey. He’s good enough but not super.

    A common response to the men’s list over at TV Guide is, “James Spader AGAIN ?!?” I believe it would be a crime if he weren’t nominated. For me, my top choice is a toss up between him and Hugh Laurie. Funny stuff, political commentary, emotional moments, introspective monologues, physical humor, interaction with William Shatner, looong but eloquent & dramatic closing arguments — James Spader handles a full range of acting challenges in almost every episode, and he blows me away every time. If you don’t like him or his character or the show, or you just don’t think he should win because he has in the past, that’s okay. But, whoever thinks he shouldn’t at least be in the top 10 clearly doesn’t watch the show, especially not the episode he was nominated for, in which he was brilliant. In fact, as good as Hugh Laurie was in the House episode for which he’s nominated (part 1 of the 2-part season finale), Spader may be tough to beat. (In fairness, I don’t watch a lot of the other shows from which the top 10 originate, so maybe they’re excellent too. But, I go with what I know, and I have no doubt Spader at least belongs in that list, if not on stage accepting the award – – again.)

  • Jacob

    I’m sorry but I refuse to take the Emmy’s seriously now. First Yunjin now Matthew. Does ANYONE watch LOST?