Emmys Watch: Who MUST win?

18374__mariska_lCountdown to Emmys stands at T-minus four days, and… um… uff da, who am I kidding getting all NASA on you guys? Especially when deep down, you know I’m regurgitating Aunt Sassy catchphrases to the point that friends and coworkers probably want to pitch me out the window. With that in mind, then, for today’s Emmy discussion, I’m going to trust that the awards gods are taking care of The Comeback‘s Lisa Kudrow (and for that matter, The Office‘s Steve Carell), and plead someone else’s case for a change: It’s time Mariska Hargitay (pictured, at left) got herself an Emmy for her work on Law & Order: SVU, damn it!

Now I know what some of you folks are thinking: ”She’s on a procedural! How hard can that be?” But au contraire, I’d argue SVU‘s paucity of big, scenery-chewing moments actually raises the degree of difficulty for Hargitay. If you were lucky enough to catch ”911,” the episode for which she landed her third Emmy nomination, you’ll know what I mean: Hargitay’s Det. Benson spends most of the episode grilling a confused, kidnapped child over a speakerphone, and yet what’s essentially a static hour of television plays as an emotionally harrowing thrill ride that, to me, stacks up against anything her competitors threw down in the last season. So what if Hargitay isn’t Secretariat coming down the stretch of the Belmont Stakes? Week after week, Hargitay is one of TV’s most reliably terrific workhorses. If that’s not worthy of a statuette, then my name doesn’t sound like a certain brand of Land of the Lost baddies.

If you could only choose one winner on Emmy night, who would it be and why? Look over the list of nominees and weigh in now.

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  • Gretchen Weiners

    I agree – Olivia Benson is one of my heroes. However, I liked her performance in the episode with Lou Diamond Phillips as the crazy murderer/rapist much better. The one where she had to decide whether or not to shoot him or Elliott. Yeah that was a good one.

  • Josh

    If I could only pick one, I’d pick “Scrubs” to win best comedy. Love “The Office,” love “Arrested Development,” but “Scrubs” has been consistently underrated and overlooked for years. Plus, it had a great season… but yet again NBC holds it for midseason, why? “Scrubs” is also the only comedy out there that can pull stunts off like weddings and pregnancies and guest stars, and actually still feel fresh and funny.

  • Lorenzo

    “24” – Outstanding Drama
    Kiefer Sutherland – Best Actor, Drama (But if Dennis Leary win, I wouldn’t mind)
    Mariska Hargitay – Best Actress, Drama (Kyra Sedgwick not far behind)
    Gregroy Itzin – Supporting Actor, Drama
    Jean Smart – Supporting Actress, Drama
    “The Office” – Outstanding Comedy (By default, really. How can they not nominate “Entourage”?)
    Steve Carell – Best Actor, Comdey
    Don’t Care – Best Actress, Comdey (they didn’t nominate Marcia Cross nor T’nicha Arnold from “Everybody Hates Chris” So I don’t care.)
    Jemery Piven – Supporting Actor, Comdey
    Elizabeth Perkins – Supporting Actress, Comdey
    These are the people who SHOULD win but probably won’t because the Emmys does award crap like “Two and a Half Men”. Seriously, “Two and a Half Men”? Really? Why? How? God, help us all if they win.

  • Brad in Edmonton

    Two wishes: Lisa Kudrow for best actress and Arrested Development for best comedy. Please, please, please…

  • Graeme

    Well since Jennifer Garner never got her Emmy, I have no problem with Hargitay or Conroy never getting one either :)
    I really want to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gregory Itzin, and “The Office” win. Other than that, the nominations really suck.

  • babaloo

    I really hope that Six Feet Under walks away with some emmys…they totally deserve it!

  • Brett Colbo

    This is how it is going to boil down folks…
    Outstanding Drama: 24
    Outstanding Comedy: The Office
    Best Actor, Drama: Keifer Sutherland, 24
    Best Actress, Drama: Mariska Hargitay, L&O: SVU
    Best Supporting Actor, Drama: Gregory Itzin, 24
    Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Jean Smart, 24
    Best Actor, Comedy: Steve Carell, The Office
    Best Actress, Comedy: Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
    Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Jeremy Piven, Entourage
    Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Jaimy Pressly, My Name Is Earl
    I’m so excited for Sunday!

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  • Craig G

    Please please please…Lisa Kudrow. She’s in another class compared to the other 4, it’s absurd.
    Also, Frances Conroy was amazing on Six Feet Under’s last season…showed real restraint and incredible ache. I still don’t understand where Edie Falco is, goddamn it!
    I really hope two and a half men don’t win anything, and are never nominated again- how embarrassing.
    The emmys annoy me so much, but of course I’ll watch every minute of it.

  • Lora

    Denis Leary

  • jenna von oy

    Can’t you people narrow it down to one? Like Valerie Cherish?

  • Ed

    Hey Slezak – missed you!
    I swear, I see something new everytime I watch The Comeback on DVD! Lisa Kudrow better win! This Valerie scene fits this blog; “I just love award shows…, WHERE’S THE LOVE!
    As for the others, who cares!

  • Marie-Claire

    Well, with the understanding that most of the people and shows I most wanted to see nominated didn’t get the bid, I’d have to say the one impossible dream I have remaining is that Peter Krause win Best Actor in a Series for “Six Feet Under”. I wouldn’t cry if Keifer Sutherland or Martin Sheen won, although Sheen would be getting it for the wrong season of “WW”, but Krause did such a superb job of making an increasingly unlikeable character accessible and understandable that I’d love to see him win something for it.

  • Jason

    Usually I agree with Slezak, but I have to disagree when it comes to Hargitay and Law and Order SVU. I think that ever since she was awarded a nomination for what I like to call “Emmy Bait” a couple of years ago, the show has been nothing but crap. That ridiculous episode she’s nominated for this year is a joke. The child on the phone sounds like a bad cartoon character’s voice and Mariska’s performance is vomit inducing. I have stopped watching SVU thanks to that very annoying episode. Just because an actor is emoting like crazy doesn’t mean it’s a good performance and it definitely doesn’t make for good television. Now Christopher Meloni being recognized for his fine work in Wet Hot American Summer or Harold and Kumar is something I could get behind.

  • Marnie

    Drama Series: Grey’s Anatomy
    Drama Actress: Mariska Hargatay (SVU)
    Drama Actor: Dennis Leary (Rescue Me)
    Drama Sup Actress: Chandra Wilson! (Grey’s Anatomy)
    Drama Sup Actor: Gregory Itzin (24)
    Comedy Series: The Office
    Comedy Actress: Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback–only because T’china Arnold nor Lauren Graham are nominated)
    Comedy Actor: Steve Carell (The Office)
    Comedy Sup Actress: Jamie Pressley (My Name is Earl)
    Comedy Sup Actor: Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
    And now for a laugh…
    Reality Show Competition: America’s Next Top Model–he he he

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