My 2012 Predictions:
- Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
- Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family (ABC)
- Ed O’Neill - Modern Family (ABC)
- Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation (NBC)
- Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
All four men from Modern Family are a lock to get a nomination this year. No debating, no speculating, that’s it
I wholeheartedly think that 2012 will finally be the year that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences give a nomination to Park and Recreation star Nick Offerman. Offerman steals every scene in Parks and Rec, and has been overlooked for a nomination for the past two years, despite Amy Poehler being in the running the past two years, and the show itself being nominated for Best Comedy last year. I really think this is his year not just because of his solid work on the show, but the ATAS announced that he will be announcing the nominees on Thursday, July 19th.
For the past couple of years, suspected Emmy nominees have had the opportunity to announce the Emmy announcements. In 2010, Sofia Vergara was a sure thing to be nominated for the first season of Modern Family, she announced her own name for a nomination. In 2011, Melissa McCarthy was surprised to see her name on the Best Actress in a Comedy Series ballot while she was an announcer, and she eventually ended up winning the award. My theory is that Nick Offerman will get a nomination and while announcing the Emmy nominations. What better way to earn your first Emmy nomination?
Even though Neil Patrick Harris was absent from the category in 2011, I think he may make a return this year. Harris has been nominated for his role as Barney Stinson four previous times (2006-2010), as well as winning Emmys for hosting The Tony Awards and a guest role on Glee (both in 2010), so the Emmys know who Neil Patrick Harris is. How I Met Your Mother benefited from an unexpected spike in the ratings this past year, and it was also one of its best seasons in the last couple of years. Harris’ Barney Stinson wasn’t the same womanizing bachelor as he was in years past. He played a maturing, and showing a softer side of the character. In the eyes of the Emmy voters, that could be beneficial to him returning to this category this year.
Watch Out For…
- Max Greenfield - New Girl (Fox). If Neil Patrick Harris doesn’t get a nomination, his spot will most likely go to this newcomer.
- Jeremy Piven - Entourage (HBO). Piven hasn’t been in this category since 2007, but won the Emmy three consecutive times (2005, 2006, 2007) in this category. The Emmy voters may not be in love with Ari Gold like they once were, but he was pretty good in the final season of Entourage, and the Academy may want to reward him with one final nomination.
- Bill Hader - Saturday Night Live (NBC). The light on Bill Hader has been shining bright the last couple of years on SNL, and 2012 was a pretty good season for him. One of his most known characters, Stephon, has the audiences laughing during each sketch. It’ll be hard for Hader to break into the acting category at the Emmys since the Emmys only seem to recognize the female cast members (Kristin Wiig, Amy Poehler). It’ll be even harder for Hader to break into this category because of the four men from Modern Family.
- Jason Gann - Wilfred (FX). Wilfred is not an Emmy-type show whatsoever, but I bet people said the same thing about Louie during its first season. If anyone from Wilfred would ever be nominated, it would be Elijah Wood, but without Wilfred, there would be no show. Even though it’s a long shot, if Louis C.K. can breakthough to Emmy voters, Jason Gann should be able to also…eventually.
- Nolan Gould - Modern Family (ABC). Its near impossible for children to be nominated for Emmys (but it’s happened before). Nolan Gould is quickly becoming the character on Modern Family you look to for quick laughs inbetween the bigger laughs, and Gould always delivers. If only the adult actors would submit themselves in the leading categories so the younger cast (Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter) would have the chance to compete in the supporting categories.