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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    I normally complete my nominations sooner, but I was waiting for “Treme” to finish its season, and I’m glad I did. Since I’ve got a lot of categories I like to roll them out piecemeal, and I’ll start with the General Field contenders. Winners to be announced at a later date.

     

     

    BEST ART DIRECTION

    Boardwalk Empire, HBO

    The Borgias, Showtime

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Sherlock, PBS

     

     

    BEST CASTING

    Any Human Heart, PBS

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Justified, FX

    Louie, FX

     

     

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Any Human Heart, PBS

    Boardwalk Empire, HBO

    The Killing, FX

    Mildred Pierce, HBO

    Sherlock, PBS

     

     

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    Boardwalk Empire, HBO

    The Borgias, Showtime

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    Mildred Pierce, HBO

    Treme, HBO

     

     

    BEST EPISODE

    Community, “Critical Film Studies,” NBC

    Doctor Who, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon,” BBC America

    Louie, “God,” FX

    Louie, “Poker/Divorce,” FX

    Mad Men, “The Suitcase,” AMC

    Sherlock, “A Study in Pink,” PBS

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    Riley
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    BEST ART DIRECTION

    Boardwalk Empire, HBO

    I had forgotten how beautiful this show was.

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    Spenser Davis
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    That is one thing I can say about Boardwalk Empire. The scenery and art direction in this series are gorgeous, even though it is populated by male characters who are dead-on-arrival.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The design of “Boardwalk Empire” is definitely its highlight. I wasn’t as big a fan of the show overall as many were, though I think it improved steadily over the course of its season.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    On to the Special Class categories, which is my catch-all for movies, miniseries, specials, variety, and reality shows, because I don’t usually watch enough of those to create separate categories for all of them.

     

    You might notice the conspicuous lack of “Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock,” and “Luther.” You’ll see each represented in later categories, because I considered each three drama series rather than miniseries.

     

     

    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 Channel

    Robot Chicken, Cartoon Network

     

     

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Any Human Heart, PBS

    Carlos, Sundance Channel

    If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, HBO

    The Sunset Limited, HBO

     

     

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS ENSEMBLE

    Any Human Heart, PBS

    Carlos, Sundance Channel

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

    MythBusters, Discovery Channel

    The Pillars of the Earth, Starz

     

     

    BEST HOST OF A SPECIAL CLASS SERIES

    Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central

    Conan O’Brien, “Conan,” TBS

    Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central

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

    Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, “MythBusters,” Discovery Channel

    Suzanne Sena, “Onion News Network,” IFC

     

     

    BEST LEAD PERFORMER IN A SPECIAL CLASS OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Jim Broadbent, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Matthew MacFadyen, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos,” Sundance Channel

    Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO

    Samuel L. Jackson, “The Sunset Limited,” HBO

    Tommy Lee Jones, “The Sunset Limited,” HBO

     

     

    BEST FEATURED PERFORMER IN SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAMMING

    Hayley Atwell, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Kim Cattrall, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Sam Claflin, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Andy Richter, “Conan,” TBS

    Brian F. O’Byrne, “Mildred Pierce,” HBO

    Natalia Worner, “The Pillars of the Earth,” Starz

     

     

    BEST WRITING FOR SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAMMING

    Any Human Heart, PBS

    The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

    Conan, TBS

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

    Robot Chicken, Cartoon Network

    The Sunset Limited, HBO

     

     

    BEST DIRECTING FOR SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAMMING

    Michael Samuels, “Any Human Heart,” PBS

    Olivier Assayas, “Carlos,” Sundance Channel

    Spike Lee, “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” HBO

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Today, the three New Series races:

     

    Best New Television Series

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Game of Thrones, HBO

    The Killing, AMC

    Louie, FX

    Raising Hope, FOX

    Sherlock, PBS

     

    Best Actor in a New Television Series

    Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO

    Holt McCallany, “Lights Out,” FX

    Louis CK, “Louie,” FX

    Idris Elba, “Luther,” BBC America

    Lucas Neff, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock,” PBS

     

    Best Actress in a New Television Series

    Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO

    Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey,” PBS

    Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones,” HBO

    Mireille Enos, “The Killing,” AMC

    Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Emmy Rossum, “Shameless,” Showtime

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    Best Comedy Series

    Community, NBC

    Louie, FX

    Modern Family, ABC

    The Office, NBC

    Parks and Recreation, NBC

    30 Rock, NBC

     

    Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series

    Community, NBC

    Modern Family, ABC

    The Office, NBC

    Parks and Recreation, NBC

    30 Rock, NBC

    United States of Tara, Showtime

     

    Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Joel McHale, “Community,” NBC

    Louis CK, “Louie,” FX

    Steve Carell, “The Office,” NBC

    Lucas Neff, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC

    John Corbett, “United States of Tara,” Showtime

     

    Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

    Patricia Heaton, “The Middle,” ABC

    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime

    Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

    Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC

    Toni Collette, “United States of Tara,” Showtime

     

    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    Chevy Chase, “Community,” NBC

    Donald Glover, “Community,” NBC

    Danny Pudi, “Community,” NBC

    Ed Helms, “The Office,” NBC

    Aziz Ansari, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

    Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

    Adam Scott, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

     

    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Alison Brie, “Community,” NBC

    Yvette Nicole Brown, “Community,” NBC

    Gillian Jacobs, “Community,” NBC

    Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC

    Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,” ABC

    Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock,” NBC

     

    Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

    John Oliver, “Community,” NBC

    Robert Kelly, “Louie,” FX

    Tom Noonan, “Louie,” FX

    Will Ferrell, “The Office,” NBC

    Matt Damon, “30 Rock,” NBC

    Will Forte, “30 Rock,” NBC

     

    Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

    Pamela Adlon, “Louie,” FX

    Amy Landecker, “Louie,” FX

    Amy Ryan, “The Office,” NBC

    Megan Mullally, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

    Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock,” NBC

    Sherri Shepherd, “30 Rock,” NBC

     

    Best Writing for a Comedy Series

    Community, “Critical Film Studies,” NBC

    Futurama, “Attack of the Killer App,” Comedy Central

    Louie, “God,” FX

    Louie, “Poker/Divorce,” FX

    Modern Family, “The Musical Man,” ABC

    The Office, “Search Committee,” NBC

     

    Best Directing for a Comedy Series

    Community, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,” NBC

    Community, “Critical Film Studies,” NBC

    Community, “A Fistful of Paintballs/For a Few Paintballs More,” NBC

    Louie, “Bully,” FX

    Louie, “God,” FX

    30 Rock, “100,” NBC

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    Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Joel McHale, “Community,” NBC

    Louis CK, “Louie,” FX

    Steve Carell, “The Office,” NBC

    Lucas Neff, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC

    John Corbett, “United States of Tara,” Showtime

     

    Is John Corbett really a lead actor?

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    [quote=”Daniel_Montgomery”]

    Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Joel McHale, “Community,” NBC

    Louis CK, “Louie,” FX

    Steve Carell, “The Office,” NBC

    Lucas Neff, “Raising Hope,” FOX

    Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC

    John Corbett, “United States of Tara,” Showtime

     

    Is John Corbett really a lead actor?

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    As much as Martha Plimpton is on “Raising Hope,” as much as Jane Kaczmarek was on “Malcolm in the Middle.” I’ve nominated him this race two years in a row for two reasons: (1) lead actor is a slim field these days and there’s no room for him in supporting actor, and (2) even though Toni Collette is clearly the star of the show, so much of the story is about how the family unit copes, in particular her husband played by Corbett, especially in the third season.

     

    This season, the Marshall character made a short film about his family, and in doing so realized that the story he was telling about his psychotic mother was really the story of his father, and I feel that way about the show. Corbett is a borderline case and would be fairly placed in the supporting category, but even though he doesn’t have the showier role, I think the show turned out to be as much about him as about her.

     

    I actually think it would have been sound strategy for Corbett to submit as a lead. The category is weak this year and he’s got no chance of making it into supporting, so he might actually have had a chance in the lead race. He certainly has more business being there than Rob Lowe.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Best Drama Series

    Big Love, HBO

    Caprica, Syfy

    Doctor Who, BBC America

    Friday Night Lights, DirecTV

    Mad Men, AMC

    Treme, HBO

     

    Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series

    Big Love, HBO

    Downton Abbey, PBS

    Friday Night Lights, DirecTV

    Parenthood, NBC

    Southland, TNT

    Treme, HBO

     

    Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Matt Smith, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV

    Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment,” HBO

    Timothy Olyphant, “Justified,” FX

    Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC

    Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock,” PBS

     

    Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    Ginnifer Goodwin, “Big Love,” HBO

    Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love,” HBO

    Jeanne Tripplehorn, “Big Love,” HBO

    Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men,” AMC

    Lauren Graham, “Parenthood,” NBC

    Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarcy,” FX

    Khandi Alexander, “Treme,” HBO

     

    Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    Matt Ross, “Big Love,” HBO

    Sasha Roiz, “Caprica,” Syfy

    Michael B. Jordan, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV

    Dane DeHaan, “In Treatment,” HBO

    Irrfan Khan, “In Treatment,” HBO

    Michael Cudlitz, “Southland,” TNT

     

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Magda Apanowicz, “Caprica,” Syfy

    Amy Ryan, “In Treatment,” HBO

    Debra Winger, “In Treatment,” HBO

    Margo Martindale, “Justified,” FX

    Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men,” AMC

    Mae Whitman, “Parenthood,” NBC

     

    Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

    Bruce Dern, “Big Love,” HBO

    Jonny Lee Miller, “Dexter,” Showtime

    Michael Gambon, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights,” DirecTV

    Phil Davis, “Sherlock,” PBS

    Hal Holbrook, “Sons of Anarchy,” FX

     

    Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

    Ellen Burstyn, “Big Love,” HBO

    Suranne Jones, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Alex Kingston, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Rebecca Creskoff, “Justified,” FX

    Valerie Perrine, “Lights Out,” FX

    Ally Walker, “Sons of Anarchy,” FX

     

    Best Writing for a Drama Series

    Caprica, “Apotheosis” (Kevin Murphy, Jane Espenson), Syfy

    Doctor Who, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon” (Steven Moffat), BBC America

    Downton Abbey, “Episode 1” (Julian Fellowes), PBS

    Mad Men, “The Suitcase” (Matthew Weiner), AMC

    Sherlock, “A Study in Pink” (Steven Moffat), PBS

    Treme, “Do Watcha Wanna” (David Simon), HBO

     

    Best Directing for a Drama Series

    Doctor Who, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon” (Toby Haynes), BBC America

    Friday Night Lights, “Always” (Michael Waxman), DirecTV

    Lights Out, “War” (Norberto Barba), FX

    Mad Men, “The Suitcase” (Jennifer Getzinger), AMC

    Sherlock, “A Study in Pink” (Paul McGuigan), PBS

    The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye (Pilot)” (Frank Darabont), AMC

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Some noteworthy stats:

     

    – “Community” and “Louie” lead all programs with 15 nominations apiece. PBS’s miniseries “Any Human Heart” follows with 11. “30 Rock” has 10. Though it is not nominated for Best Drama Series, “Sherlock” is nevertheless the most nominated drama with 9.

     

    – 10 out of “Louie’s” 15 nominations go to Louis CK, the most ever nominations for an individual in a single year. Louis CK is also the first individual ever to be nominated for writing, directing, performing, and producing.

     

    Steven Moffat is the first writer to be nominated for penning different series in the same year. He’s nominated twice for Best Drama Writing — for “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who.” Those episodes are also nominated for Best Episode.

     

    15 – “Louie” and “Community”

    11 – “Any Human Heart”

    10 – “30 Rock”

    9 – “Sherlock”

    8 – “Big Love” and “Doctor Who”

    7 – “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men,” “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation”

    6 – “Friday Night Lights”

    5 – “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” “In Treatment,” “Modern Family,” “Raising Hope,” and “Treme”

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I’ve finally decided all my winners, so I think I’ll start gradually rolling them out. I’m going to go in no particular order, so I’ll start with Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series. The nominees are:

     

    Ellen Burstyn, “Big Love,” HBO

    Suranne Jones, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Alex Kingston, “Doctor Who,” BBC America

    Rebecca Creskoff, “Justified,” FX

    Valerie Perrine, “Lights Out,” FX

    Ally Walker, “Sons of Anarchy,” FX

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The Sidney Award goes to …

     

     

    This was an easy decision. For most of this year this was a very weak category, with a lot of good candidates but few I was passionate about until Kingston made her vivacious return to “Doctor Who.” This is her third guest actress nomination and her first win for a season in which viewers learned her origin. I watched “ER” for almost all of her run, but Elizabeth Corday was never as vibrant a character as cheeky, playful, mysterious time traveler River Song.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The nominees for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series are:

     

    Pamela Adlon, “Louie,” FX

    Amy Landecker, “Louie,” FX

    Amy Ryan, “The Office,” NBC

    Megan Mullally, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC

    Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock,” NBC

    Sherri Shepherd, “30 Rock,” NBC

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    The Sidney Awards goes to …

     

     

    The biggest challenge for a Jack Donaghy love interest is to cast an actress who can hold her own against Alec Baldwin. Other big-name actresses have tried (Salma Hayek, Edie Falco, Julianne Moore) and Elizabeth Banks, as the strident conservative who both compliments and challenges him, proved exactly the right fit.

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