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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    By this I mean, their performances weren’t especially outstanding, but they might show up anyway just because of notoriety or familiarity.

     

    John Slattery could join Jon Hamm as the next “Mad Men” star nominated for a guest turn on “30 Rock.”

     

    Betty White wasn’t especially memorable in her  “Community” guest spot, but she’s such a beloved figure she could be nominated just for showing up. Also, I doubt many voters watched her in “The Lost Valentine,” but I’m pretty sure they’re going to nominate her for it anyway.

     

    Elaine Stritch‘s annual cameo on “30 Rock” will probably yield another nod this year. I actually don’t think she’s undeserving this season, but there have been more memorable guest appearances.

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    Ronnie Boadu
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    Shohreh Aghdashloo for L&O: SVU. While she wasn’t as awful as the episode was, it still wasn’t a performance that warrant an Emmy nomination. But considering that most of the winners in this category (and from that show!) in recent years weren’t deserving, I won’t be shocked nomination morning when I see her name.

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    Spenser Davis
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    We’re only talking about guest spots?

     

    Justin Timberlake’s SNL episode far and away the best this season. But even without that, he probably would be nominated in Guest Actor Comedy no matter what. I think that Emmy voters know by now that, when it comes to hosts, he is in the top tier. 

     

    I thought that Bryan Cranston’s SNL stint would have gotten in, no doubt about it. But it was practically universally panned, to the extent that I don’t think that voters will pay it any mind. That’s a shame. But let’s be honest. The moment they threw the man a hat and cane during the monologue, we knew this wasn’t going to work out. Hopefully next time, they’ll have some actual skits written for him.

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    Riley
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    This is kind of related: has anyone noticed how weird some of Tom’s predictions are?

     

    Drama Lead Actor: He has William H. Macy in second place.

    Drama Supporting Actor: He has John Slattery in sixth place and Walton Goggins in first place.

    Drama Supporting Actress: Debra Winger and Sharon Gless are his top two.

    Comedy Lead Actor: He has Rob Lowe in fourth place and Matthew Perry in sixth.

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    Spenser Davis
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    As great as a Walter Goggins nomination would be for Justified fans, I don’t see him as the #1 spot in the least.

     

    A funny glitch, though? Look at his Drama Supporting Actor. The #4 slot is occupied by the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Not even one of the actors in it. The entire production. For some reason, I don’t see that happening.

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    Ronnie Boadu
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    Carol Burnett is another one for guest.

     

    As for the main acting categories, Jeremy Irons and Bill Macy for lead actor drama.

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    iskolar
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    Tina Fey for SNL. Since it’s her weakest SNL guesting, and she’s missing half of the episode. But since it’s Tina AND SNL, they’ll automatically throw her a bone.

     

    Same goes for Kristen Chenoweth and Glee. She was an Emmy winner two years ago, then Emmy nominated for the same role last year, voters might think she has the same meaty material she had last year.

     

    All those movie stars especially in Guest categories (Matt Damon, Jim Carrey) and the Movie/Miniseries category.

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    iskolar
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    Kathy Bates as well!

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    Spenser Davis
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    Kathy Bates as well!

     

    Good call. I don’t know a single schmuck (term of endearment) who watches that show. But I do know one Emmy voter who, when he sees her name, won’t hesitate to circle it (or check-mark, or rubber-stamp, or whatever the official nomination ballots look like).

     

    I also think that’s what happened with Andre Braugher last year. I doubt very seriously that all of the voters watched Men of a Certain Age enough to see his performance day after day. But unlike in film, where people knew him at best as “that guy with the glasses in Glory,” Braugher has received accolades numerous times at the Emmys. Like Raul Esparanza at the Tonys, I doubt anybody in a seperate acting format would recognize him on the street; but when his name is on the ballot, those voting almost certainly know who it is.

     

    And what luck that Braugher had such a good tape last year too. (But thank goodness Aaron Paul won…. bitch.)

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Andre Braugher certainly got in on name alone, but he’s one of those ironic cases where the Academy got it right by accident, because Braugher actually deserved his nomination for “Men of a Certain Age.” However, I think he really belonged in the lead category, because the three men on that show (Braugher, Romano, Bakula) are a lot like the three women of “Big Love” — they’re all co-leads.

     

    A few years ago, when the panel system was still in place, I remember Jane Alexander made the top ten for supporting drama actress in “Tell Me You Love Me.” I thought it was so surprising that Emmy voters were keen enough to recognize her. But of course she was the only blip “Tell Me” made on Emmy’s radar, so it was obvious Alexander got in for her reputation alone. It’s funny when Emmy voters get it right (or come close to getting it right) despite themselves.

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    The guest acting categories is definitely a place to expect some names to get in without merit.  I agree that Tina Fey, who I love, will get a nod for hosting SNL without really deserving it.  Justin Timberlake will too, and while he did a good job hosting, he was surely made to look better by the fact that the writers and rest of the cast stepped it up for his episode.

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    John Nova
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    Tim Conway for Hot In Cleveland

    Liam Neeson for The Big C

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    Kathy Bates. But only this year. Sally Field is a big name and she hasn’t been nominated every year for Brothers & Sisters. Repeat nods for Kathy will not be as influenced by her star power as her potential first one for Harry’s Law.

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    Spenser Davis
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    Andre Braugher certainly got in on name alone, but he’s one of those ironic cases where the Academy got it right by accident, because Braugher actually deserved his nomination for “Men of a Certain Age.” However, I think he really belonged in the lead category, because the three men on that show (Braugher, Romano, Bakula) are a lot like the three women of “Big Love” — they’re all co-leads.

     

    I agree with all of these points.

     

    Name recognition got him in, and then voters discovered that he had a tape that was good enough to potentially win.

     

    Also, the way that Men of a Certain Age is structured, I almost feel like you do — that each man is a co-lead. It seems that they each have their own storylines that, occasionally, intersect. But I think people immediately assumed that Ray Romano was the lead, and so the show decided to submit him as such.

     

    I also think that ‘name recognition’ can assist networks as well. I stand by the belief that a mediocre TV movie on HBO stands a better chance of being nominated than a terrific TV movie on Boomerang or some other lesser known network. It does look like, in the case of Series, though, that who the network is is mattering less and less when compared to the overall quality of the program.

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    Andrew Pickett
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    I’m sure these people are nominated because of the way the ballot is done.

     

    If a voter had to write down the nominees they wanted then most of these people wouldn’t get near a nomination but because they are sent a massive list of names (and photos) after they have checked off the people they like they then see what names they recognise and think they must be good without seeing any of the show.

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