By Neal Justin
I blew it. In the 12 races I predicted, I only got three right. Granted, there were the three biggies – best comedy, best drama, and best movie – but still…not good odds. I should have recognized that Emmy voters love old favorites and movie stars, both of which dominated the winner’s circle. But did they deserve it? Here’s a rundown of the winners – and my take.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY: “30 Rock”
Good year for a solid sitcom. Can’t argue with the results, although I would have liked to have seen “Weeds” pull an upset. But this might have been the strongest year for the show.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA: “Mad Men.
Yes, it’s slightly overrated, but given the competition, it deserved to win, especially considering the second season was stronger than the first.
OUTSTANDING MOVIE: “Gray Gardens”
No brainer. This has Emmy written all over it.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY: Toni Collette, “Tara.”
Not sure how “hilarious” Collette is, but she did play more than four roles – and Emmy loves that. She’s also an Oscar nominee, which is a big plus in her department. I wish she would have given a better acceptance speech.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY: Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)
How did Baldwin do it again? The episode he submitted had him playing two roles (a foreign soap opera star and Jack). Again, Emmy loves the multiple roles, especially when one is an “evil twin.” My hopes that Jim Parsons would win for “Big Bang Theory” died hard.
BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA: Glenn Close, “Damages”
I rooted for Close last year, and have no big problem with her repeat win. Still, this was Rose Byrne’s season to shine, not Close. She should have been in this category – and won.
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad.”
Cranston’s win last year was my favorite upset in years – so I was a bit stunned that he did it again. But he’s a great guy and a great actor. I’m thrilled that he slipped by my early pick, Jon Hamm.
BEST ACTRESS, MOVIE: Jessica Lange, “Gray Gardens.”
Right project, wrong star. Lange was terrific, as always, but co-star Drew Barrymore was a revelation. This should have been her night.
BEST ACTOR, MOVIE: Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm.”
I like Gleeson, but he was following in the footsteps of Albert Finney, who played Churchill in the earlier film, “The Gathering Storm,” one of the best performances I’ve ever seen – period. In comparison, Gleeson was just OK.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Michael Emerson, “Lost.”
OK, “Lost” deserves to win something. Might as well be for Emerson. Sorry, Mr. Slattery.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Cherry Jones, “24.”
Not a great year for “24.” Great year for Rose Byrne. She was robbed.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men.”
The evening’s biggest head scratcher. Holland Taylor won an Emmy for her work in this show a few years ago. That should have been enough.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Kristin Chenoweth, “Pushing Daisies”.
Thank you, Kristin, for actually being enthusiastic about winning. And thank you for being so gosh darn cute. Call me!