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2005 Emmy Predictions

by Rachel Cericola, TV editor

The Emmys are coming up tomorrow. Everyone and their mother have made their predictions -- now it's my turn. If you want to place office bets check out Entertainment Weekly. My predictions are based on the assumption that the academy has taste, the planets are aligned and that the following nominees have been extra good this year.

Lead Actor, Comedy

braff The Nominees Are

  • Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"
  • Zach Braff, "Scrubs"
  • Eric McCormack, "Will & Grace"
  • Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

And the Winner Should Be

Everyone could love Raymond, especially since it's his last hurrah. Shalhoub is a huge favorite, so he might take it. I love Bateman and firmly believe that the entire ensemble should get Emmys as well as sports cars. And don't even get me started on "Will & Grace."

The bottom line: It would be a crime if the presenters didn't call Braff's name on Sunday. This TV doc has the best bedside manner as well as timing. It's about time that someone recognized it.

Lead Actress, Comedy

heaton The Nominees Are

  • Marcia Cross, "Desperate Housewives"
  • Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives"
  • Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives"
  • Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle"

And the Winner Should Be

Kaczmarek was award-worthy about five years ago, so there is no way that she will penetrate the band of "Housewives." However, I am guessing that the academy might have trouble choosing between the three, and since Heaton can out-shrew them all, she could take the cake -- and the award.

Supporting Actor, Comedy

piven The Nominees Are

  • Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"
  • Jeffrey Tambor, "Arrested Development"
  • Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
  • Peter Boyle, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond"

And the Winner Should Be

This might be the toughest category, but it really comes down to a two-person race. Boyle should have owned this category as Raymond's crotchety father, but the academy really missed the boat by not awarding him for previous seasons when the guy really deserved it. I'm going to have to hug it out and give this one to Piven, bitches.

Supporting Actress, Comedy

walter The Nominees Are

  • Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace"
  • Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Jessica Walter, "Arrested Development"
  • Conchata Ferrell, "Two and a Half Men"
  • Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men"

And the Winner Should Be

It's a battle of the moms. Roberts might have more Emmys than every nominee combined. She also might need to make more room on the mantel, but I am going out on a limb for Walter. Lucille Bluth is one bitch that everyone can get on board with -- and she's damn funny too.

Comedy Series

arrested The Nominees Are

  • "Desperate Housewives"
  • "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • "Scrubs"
  • "Will & Grace"
  • "Arrested Development"

And the Winner Should Be

The fact that "Desperate Housewives" was nominated in this category has made more headlines than the "Housewives" themselves (actually nothing could top that). But let's face it: The show just isn't funny. I realize that knee-slapping yuks do not always make funny. I'll give it the dramedy monkier, but that's even a stretch. If Emmy voters have a funny bone in their bodies, it will go to "Arrested Development."

Lead Actor, Drama

laurie The Nominees Are

  • Hank Azaria, "Huff"
  • Keifer Sutherland, "24"
  • Ian McShane, "Deadwood"
  • Hugh Laurie, "House"
  • James Spader, "Boston Legal"

And the Winner Should Be

Azaria stunned everyone (is that show still on?), Spader and Sutherland are perfect in their respective roles, and McShane is downright scary. However, Laurie is Dr. House. It's hard to distinguish yourself in a sea of hospital shows, but this guy is a real standout. He even makes you forget that he's English! ABC News recently reported that Laurie is anti-social on the set. Who cares? It's called acting people; the guy knows what he's doing.

Lead Actress, Drama

close The Nominees Are

  • Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
  • Glenn Close, "The Shield"
  • Jennifer Garner, "Alias"
  • Frances Conroy, "Six Feet Under"
  • Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

And the Winner Should Be

All of these ladies deserve the nomination, but it's going to be a Close call. Put an A-lister into a hit TV show and you're bound to draw some press and a few new viewers. But she came in, shook up one of the strongest shows on TV, and it worked -- and that's not easy to do against male lead Michael Chiklis.

Supporting Actor, Drama

oquinn The Nominees Are

  • Naveen Andrews, "Lost"
  • Terry O'Quinn, "Lost"
  • William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
  • Oliver Platt, "Huff"
  • Alan Alda, "The West Wing"

And the Winner Should Be

If Shatner's hair got the nomination, come talk to me. Slated to perform in the "Emmy Idol" competition, it looks like he might be humiliated twice in one night. My guess is that Sulu will be watching! Alda has received a lot of props for his role as a politician, but there's no denying that the "Lost" boys have been the buzz of the year. While both give stellar performances, O'Quinn should edge out his co-star and take home the prize.

Drama Series

lost The Nominees Are

  • "24"
  • "Lost"
  • "Six Feet Under"
  • "Deadwood"
  • "The West Wing"

And the Winner Should Be

"Lost" was one of the shows that saved network TV -- not to mention ABC's ass. If the network's other ratings-grabber, "Desperate Housewives," were in this category, then we'd have a fair (and interesting) fight going, but I believe the castaways would still reign supreme. A great ensemble cast, thrilling storylines and a huge following will allow this must-see show to walk away with the prize.

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. (EST) on CBS.

Posted by Rachel Cericola on September 17, 2005 10:38 AM
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If Terry O'Quinn doesn't win, the Emmy committe should be put under federal investigation.

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