The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live on FOX Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 8-11 p.m. ET.
What shows will win the big prizes and what stars deserve a chunk of gold? Here's a look at the list of 2011 nominees and a complete breakdown of who will likely win and, more importantly, who should win!
The list of nominees for the 63rd annual Emmy Awards is stocked largely with the same series as previous years (The Office, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Dexter, etc.). However, there are some notable newcomers, including HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones and NBC's long-snubbed Friday Night Lights.
Without further adieu, here's a look at the complete list of nominees and our predictions for who will win Sunday night. Who we think deserves the prize will appear underlined. Who we think will actually win the Emmy will appear in bold. If the two coincide, the answer will appear underlined and in bold. Got it?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!
Outstanding Drama Series
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
AMC's Mad Men has a monopoly on this award. Nearly every critic predicts that the slow-burn period drama about an advertising agency will win again this year. Mad Men, is truly a work of television art, don't get me wrong, but the completely underrated and under-watched Friday Night Lights deserves every bit of its nomination after four seasons going unrecognized by the Emmys. One can hope, right?
Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family or 30 Rock - that is the question. NBC's 30 Rock dominated this category until ABC's Modern Family swept in during the 2010 awards and snatched the prize. Modern Family's second season kept the laugh-o-meter pretty dang high, and we're predicting another spot at the top for the quirky mockumentary in 2011.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
This one is pretty much guaranteed. 2011 will likely be the year that Jon Hamm finally gets his long awaited Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama. Why this year? Due to the show's timing, three-time winner Bryan Cranston, of AMC's Breaking Bad, is not in the running.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andrew Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
This one is always tough, as it's a category that favors variety. There have been no repeat winners since 1996 and none of this year's nominees have ever won this category. While John Slattery may win after four nominations, he didn't have the strongest plot line on the last season of AMC's Mad Men. Our vote's on Peter Dinklage of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
We vote for Connie Britton whose dramatic decision in the final episodes of NBC's Friday Night Lights brought women across America to tears. That said, CBS' The Good Wife is right up the Academy's alley, and the voters love Margulies.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Critics are unanimous that Margo Martindale's riveting portrayal of Mags Bennett, the matriarch of a crime family in FX's Justified, is a shoe-in for the win. There's no argument here. We couldn't agree more.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carrell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
After six straight nominations and no more chances (since he's off the show), this is without a doubt Steve Carrell's year for his role in NBC's The Office. However, no actor was more fearless and fascinating to watch last year than Louis C.K.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Winning the Golden Globe in January, it looks like Chris Colfer of FOX's Glee may have the momentum for the prize. However, in our book, this one is all about the supporting actors in ABC's Modern Family. They're all so hysterical that it's hard to choose. Eric Stonestreet won last year, but if anyone deserves the award in 2011, it'd be the devastatingly funny Ty Burrell.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
This year, it looks to be Laura Linney's turn for her role in Showtime's The Big C. The Academy loves to choose actresses in shows that tiptoe across the Comedy/Drama line. That said, we're still in love with Edie Falco's neurotic, pill-popping performance in Showtime's other dramedy, Nurse Jackie.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Long live Betty White. The former Golden Girl and five time Emmy winner looks primed to add another piece of gold to her collection. However, our vote's on the night's presenter, Jane Lynch, of FOX's Glee.
Outstanding Reality Show
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
For seven years, CBS' Amazing Race owned this category. Then, in 2010, Bravo's Top Chef finally ousted the long-time champ to come out on top. Will Amazing Race fight its way back to the top? Our bet is on another win for Top Chef.
Outstanding Variety, Comedy Or Musical Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
First things first, note that Conan was nominated for an Emmy, while Jay Leno's The Tonight Show was not. Will he win? Probably not. Our vote is on Emmy and fan-favorite The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as it has taken the top prize for eight years running.
Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
The Pillars of the Earth
Too Big To Fail
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy
Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy
Idris Elba, The Big C
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Matt Damon, 30 Rock
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Outstanding Leading Actor in an Mini-Series or Movie
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Idris Elba, Luther
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce
Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Bryan F. O'Byrne, Mildred Pierce
Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
James Woods, Too Big to Fail
So what do you think? Who will take home the big award Sunday night? Share your thoughts below!