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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Gasp, I’ve been doing my personal TV awards so long they’re old enough to drive. I just finished picking my nominees, so I thought I’d share them, starting with two new categories I’m introducing this year.

    Individual Performance in a Drama and Comedy – Combining men and women, lead, supporting, and guest, considering the best performance by actors in individual episodes as opposed to entire seasons. I think of it sort of like “the Emmy tape award.”

    Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Series 

    – Jim Rash – “Community” (Documentary Filmmaking: Redux)

    – Diane Ladd – “Enlightened” (Consider Helen)

    – Cobie Smulders – “How I Met Your Mother” (Symphony of Illumination)

    – Louis C.K. – “Louie” (Subway/Pamela)

    – Doug Stanhope – “Louie” (Eddie)

    – Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation” (Win, Lose, or Draw)

    Best Individual Performance in a Drama Series

    – Jason Isaacs – “Awake” (Say Hello to My Little Friend)

    – Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad” (Crawl Space)

    – Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad” (End Times)

    – Karen Gillan – “Doctor Who” (The Girl Who Waited)

    – Mireille Enos – “The Killing” (72 Hours)

    – Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock” (The Reichenbach Fall)

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    Raylan
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    nice to see Cobie Smulders and Jason Isaacs

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    willrobinson
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    Interesting categories—looking forward to the rest of your nominations!

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The next categories I’ll announce are for new programming.

    These are sort of my Best New Artist of awards, and it’s interesting to look back on the great shows I honored here (“Lost,” “Buffy,” “Arrested Development,” “The Sopranos”), some of the great shows I didn’t honor here (“24,” “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad”), and other great winners cut down too soon (“Boomtown,” “Pushing Daisies”).

    Best New Television Series

    Homeland, Showtime

    The Hour **, BBC America

    New Girl, FOX

    Revenge, ABC

    Suburgatory, ABC

    Up All Night, NBC

    ** For the purposes of my awards, I’m considering “The Hour” a drama series. Same goes for “Sherlock” and “Luther.” Any appearances those shows make will be in the series categories. 

    Best Actor in a New Television Series

    Jason Isaacs, “Awake”

    Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”

    Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

    Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

    Dominic West, “The Hour”

    Ben Whishaw, “The Hour”

    Best Actress in a New Television Series

    Claire Danes, “Homeland”

    Romola Garai, “The Hour”

    Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

    Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”

    Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”

    Kat Dennings, “2 Broke Girls”

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Next up: Special Class

    This is sort of my catch-all category for miscellany. I don’t usually watch enough reality shows, game shows, variety shows, movies, miniseries, specials, documentaries, etc. to make categories for all of them, so they always end up in this tasty mixed-bag soup. Enjoy!

    Best Special Class Series

    The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

    Conan, TBS

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS

    MythBusters, Discovery

    Portlandia, IFC

     

    Best Special Class or Dramatic Special**

    Game Change, HBO

    Page Eight, PBS

    Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, HBO

    ** Slim pickings in this category, partly a consequence of considering so many of the Emmy contenders in the series categories (“The Hour,” “Sherlock,” “Luther”) and partly a consequence of some high-profile disappointments (“Appropriate Adult” and “Great Expectations” were okay but uneven and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” just wasn’t that good). There’s also a lot I missed, including “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Five.” I only watched the first episode of “American Horror Story” so I don’t know if I’d consider it a series or miniseries, but since I wasn’t impressed enough to watch beyond the pilot, it may be a moot point.

     

    Best Special Class Ensemble

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

    Game Change, HBO

    MythBusters, Discovery

    Page Eight, PBS

    Saturday Night Live, NBC

     

    Best Lead Performer in a Special Class Series

    Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report”

    Conan O’Brien, “Conan”

    Craig Ferguson, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

    Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, “MythBusters”

    Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia”

    Dan Savage, “Savage U”

     

    Best Lead Performer in a Special Class or Dramatic Special

    Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”

    Dominic West, “Appropriate Adult”

    Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”

    Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

    Bill Nighy, “Page Eight”

    Neil Patrick Harris, “65th Annual Tony Awards”

     

    Best Featured Performer in Special Class

    Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”

    Gillian Anderson, “Great Expectations”

    Josh Robert Thompson**, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

    Judy Davis, “Page Eight”

    Michael Gambon, “Page Eight”

    Kyle MacLachlan, “Portlandia”

    ** This is my first ever nomination for a voice-over performance. Thompson provides the voice of robot sidekick Geoff Peterson and never appears on screen.

     

    Best Special Class Writing

    The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

    Game Change, HBO

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS

    Page Eight, PBS

    Portlandia, IFC

     

    Best Special Class Directing

    Game Change, HBO — Directed by Jay Roach

    Page Eight, PBS — Directed by David Hare

    Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, HBO — Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Next up: General Field

    These are four craft categories that incorporate candidates from all other fields, as well as one biggie category at the end: Best Episode of the Year, in which I select the best single episodes of any series (comedy, drama, and miniseries where applicable).

    Best Episode has always been one of my favorite categories, because I enjoy looking back at past winners to see how they hold up. “Buffy” is the all-time champ with 4 wins in the category (“Graduation Day,” “Hush,” “The Body,” and “Chosen“). Other previous winners include “Pie-Lette” (“Pushing Daisies”), “Long Term Parking” (“The Sopranos”), “Final Grades” (“The Wire”), and “Peekaboo” (“Breaking Bad”).

    Best Art Direction

    Doctor Who, BBC America

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Great Expectations, PBS

    Hell on Wheels, AMC

    The Hour, BBC America

    Best Casting

    Game Change, HBO

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Hell on Wheels, AMC

    The Hour, BBC America

    Louie, FX

    New Girl, FOX

    Best Cinematography

    Breaking Bad, AMC

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Great Expectations, PBS

    The Hour, BBC America

    The Killing, AMC

    Best Costume Design

    Boardwalk Empire, HBO

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Great Expectations, PBS

    Hell on Wheels, AMC

    Best Episode of the Year**

    Crawl Space, “Breaking Bad” — Sam Catlin (Writer), George Mastras (Writer), Scott Winant (Director)

    The Girl Who Waited, “Doctor Who” — Tom MacRae (Writer); Nick Hurran (Director)

    Blackwater, “Game of Thrones” — George R.R. Martin (Writer), Neil Marshall (Director)

    Episode 6, “The Hour” — Abi Morgan (Writer), Jamie Payne (Director)

    What I Know, “The Killing” — Veena Sud (Writer), Dan Nowak (Writer), Patty Jenkins (Director)

    Duckling, “Louie” — Louis C.K. (Writer/Director)

    ** Two of the shows nominated for Best Episode have won in previous years (“Breaking Bad” for “Peekaboo” in 2009; “Louie” for “God” in 2011). If one of them wins (I haven’t decided yet), it will be the first show since “Buffy” to win this category more than once.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Next up, I’ll reveal Comedy Acting.

    Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Joel McHale, “Community”

    Louis C.K., “Louie”

    Neil Flynn, “The Middle”

    Adam Scott**, “Parks and Recreation”

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

    Will Arnett***, “Up All Night”

    ** I was thinking of moving Scott up even before his Emmy move. In this case, it also gave me a chance to give some welcome relief to the already overcrowded Supporting Actor category (see below).

    *** I’d have to go back and check, but I think Arnett is the first comedy actor I’ve nominated for lead (“Up All Night”), supporting (“Arrested Development”), and guest (“30 Rock”).

    Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

    Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

    Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

    Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”

    Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

    Kat Dennings, “2 Broke Girls”

    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series**

    Donald Glover, “Community”

    Danny Pudi, “Community”

    Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

    Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

    Jake Johnson, “New Girl”

    Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation”

    ** I expanded this category to 7 because, honestly, there were probably another 15 guys who would have been worthy in this category.

    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series**

    Alison Brie, “Community”

    Cobie Smulders, “How I Met Your Mother”

    Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

    Rashida Jones, “Parks and Recreation”

    Aubrey Plaza, “Parks and Recreation”

    Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

    Maya Rudolph, “Up All Night”

    ** Another category with too much talent to limit to just 6. And I still left out a lot of people I love.

    Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

    Doug Stanhope, “Louie”

    Justin Long, “New Girl”

    Paul Rudd, “Parks and Recreation”

    Will Forte, “30 Rock”

    James Marsden, “30 Rock”

    Chris Diamantopoulos, “Up All Night”

    Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

    Pamela Adlon, “Louie”

    Joan Rivers, “Louie”

    Rusty Schwimmer, “Louie”

    Patricia Clarkson, “Parks and Recreation”

    Kathryn Hahn, “Parks and Recreation”

    Kristen Schaal, “30 Rock” 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The rest of the Comedy categories:

    Best Comedy Series

    Community, NBC

    Louie, FX

    Modern Family, ABC

    Parks and Recreation, NBC 

    South Park, Comedy Central

    30 Rock, NBC

    Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series

    Community, NBC

    How I Met Your Mother, CBS

    The Middle, NBC

    Modern Family, ABC

    New Girl, FOX

    Parks and Recreation, NBC

    Best Writing for a Comedy Series

    Remedial Chaos Theory, “Community” — Written by Chris McKenna

    Virtual Systems Analysis, “Community” — Written by Matt Murray

    Consider Helen, “Enlightened” — Written by Mike White

    Symphony of Illumination, “How I Met Your Mother” — Written by Joe Kelly

    Subway/Pamela, “Louie” — Written by Louis C.K. 

    The Last of the Meheecans, “South Park” — Written by Trey Parker 

    Best Directing for a Comedy Series

    Basic Lupine Urology, “Community” — Directed by Rob Schrab

    Remedial Chaos Theory, “Community” — Directed by Jeff Melman

    Virtual Systems Analysis, “Community” — Directed by Tristram Shapeero

    Consider Helen, “Enlightened” — Directed by Phil Morrison

    Symphony of Illumination, “How I Met Your Mother” — Directed by Pamela Fryman

    Duckling, “Louie” — Directed by Louis C.K. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Here are my choices for Drama Acting. As always, any and all comments, questions, and opinions are welcome. 

    Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

    Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”

    Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

    Matt Smith, “Doctor Who”

    Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”

    Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

    Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    Kelly Macdonald**, “Boardwalk Empire”

    Karen Gillan, “Doctor Who”

    Claire Danes, “Homeland”

    Romola Garai, “The Hour”

    Mireille Enos, “The Killing”

    Lauren Graham, “Parenthood”

    ** I’ve always thought of Macdonald as a co-lead on “Boardwalk,” similar to Edie Falco in “The Sopranos.” And this season there was especially significant focus on her moral dilemma as the girlfriend of a career criminal.

    Supporting Actor in a Drama Series**

    Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”

    Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

    Arthur Darvill, “Doctor Who”

    Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

    Brent Sexton, “The Killing”

    Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”

    Michael Cudlitz, “Southland”

    ** Probably the most crowded category. Pretty much anyone in my top 20 would have been a deserving nominee. Just missing out in eighth place for me was Brendan Coyle from “Downton Abbey.”

    Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

    Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

    Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

    Monica Potter, “Parenthood”

    Mae Whitman, “Parenthood”

    Regina King, “Southland”

    Guest Actor in a Drama Series**

    Mark Margolis, “Breaking Bad”

    Judd Hirsch, “Damages”

    Yasiin Bey, “Dexter”

    Cal Macaninch, “Downton Abbey”

    Michael B. Jordan, “Parenthood”

    Andrew Scott, “Sherlock”

    ** I’m stricter about my guest placements than the Emmys are. For instance, I left out good performances by actors like Chris Messina and the “Justified” men because I instead considered them all in the supporting category.

    Guest Actress in a Drama Series

    Roxann Dawson, “The Closer”

    Alex Kingston, “Doctor Who”

    Claire Skinner, “Doctor Who”

    Ruth Wilson, “Luther”

    Alexis Bledel, “Mad Men”

    Lara Pulver, “Sherlock” 

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    uncreativename
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    So glad to see the love for Consider Helen; it was a beautiful thirty minutes of television.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    So glad to see the love for Consider Helen; it was a beautiful thirty minutes of television.

    Thanks! I only gave “Enlightened” three nominations, and they’re all for “Consider Helen.” The show in general I found a bit tiresome, sour, and sometimes quite mean. I don’t usually respond well to that kind of cynicism (see also: “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Veep”).

    “Consider” was like watching a completely different show, and I wished the rest of the series had been more like it, with more compassion, nuance, and insight. I learned more about Helen in that one episode than I learned about Amy during the whole season.

    I’m normally a big fan of Mike White, and that episode reminded me why. Credit must also go to director Phil Morrison, who also directed the great underrated film “Junebug” which got Amy Adams her first Oscar nod.

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    Raylan
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    Love all your nominees here, though i would have loved to see some Happy Endings or Sons of Anarchy love

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    FEDEclown
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    With Sherlock, do you mean only Scandal in Belgravia or all 3 parts/episodes? Because if you considered all 3, then I would have nominated Andrew Scott instead of Martin Freeman. He’s peformance as Moriarty in the last episode was mind-blowing.
    I wish he was eligible for emmy consideration too.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    It still confuses me why you choose thos pictures and if they will be the winners could you explain.

    Your nominees are good and you seem to like to place some of you nominees in the categories you want them to be in.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Thanks Kip!

    I don’t watch “Happy Endings,” except for one episode this season that I thought was just okay (it was one where Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr. pretend to be fighting to make their friends happy).

    I was thisclose to nominating Katey Sagal for Drama Actress. I nominated her the last two years, but this year I decided to go another way. I think Maggie Siff was probably in my top 12 for Drama Supporting Actress, but that category was just too crowded this year. I liked “Sons of Anarchy” a lot last season, and were it not for that cop-out of a season finale, I’d have said it was the best season of the show since I started watching it in season two.

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