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Published:September 14th, 2011 10:44 EST
Revered Acting Coach John Pallotta's Emmy 2011 Picks

Revered Acting Coach John Pallotta's Emmy 2011 Picks

By SOP newswire2

A New York City Acting Teachers View of The Emmys for 2011 ...    

The Race For The 2011 Emmys Draw Near  

Who do you think will bring home the Emmy? My Emmy Predictions List covers my best educated guess - a - mation as to who will be the winners and my reasons why. As an acting teacher in New York City I have always pushed my   actors to be the best that they can be within themselves. I have taught them   that, "Acting is "A STATE OF MIND" Its about Innocence, Imagination and  Vulnerability. Its about practicing the potential qualities that you were born   with. The less you think like an actor and the more childlike and innocent you   are, the more productive and in the moment you will be." (Harry Mastrogeorge   Quote). 

As I watch the nominee picks this year, in all categories (as an Acting   Teacher and Published Playwright) I have a tendency to look and dig deeper as   to who should win an why. While the average viewer just sees the surface, they   must realize acting is what they see on the screen and the performance takes   place in the editing room. They must also realize that there are many people   behind the scene that makes that one person look so darn good. 

When you strip away the costumes, the lighting and sound, the cinematic   effects, the director, and everything else that adds to the over picture, the   best acting should be based on this:

Acting is standing up totally naked and turning around very slowly and   telling the truth.

With that being said, here are my predictions for 2011:

Best drama series:  

Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Mad Men. 

Don`t hate me on this one but Boardwalk Empire will not win Best Drama   Series. A few good shows and 50 Million Dollars for an open doesn`t make you a   shoe-in. Alot of these are past their prime. Loved Mad Men, but many episodes   were boring unless you were a fan glued to the tube and did not watch anything   else. My choice: Game of Thrones.

Best comedy series:

Modern Family, 30 Rock, Glee, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation. 

Parks and Recreation. This being the third time around, week after week   after week I am still watching. With each episode, and the addition of   talented cast members makes this my choice. Perfect structural writing, an   ensemble cast full of talent, and Amy Poehler at the helm, this is an   Emmy-winning show.

Drama actress:

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Mariska   Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU; Kathy Bates, Harry`s Law; Connie Britton,  Friday Night Lights and Mireille Enos, The Killing. 

Julianna Margulies should have won last years Emmy but did not. Margulies   is as good as it gets and will triumph this year. I am not only basing it on   her submitted episode "In Sickness," but overall performance as an actor.   Margulies is as versatile and dynamic an actor as Meryl Streep.

Comedy actor:

Steve Carell, The Office; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Jim Parsons, Big   Bang Theory; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Louis C.K., Louie; Johnny Galecki, Big   Bang Theory.

Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) should win from my point of view but won`t. He is   not only a great actor, he is a Master of his Craft. If you have ever been   lucky enough to sit in the same room as him and watch him talk to actors on   the craft of acting you would bypass the Emmys and give him an Oscar. But   because the Academy has a tendency of wanting to give Hardware away (Emmys)   for sentimental reasons it will in fact go to Steve Carell (undeserved for a   poor season) but he will win. My choice for 2012 if he keeps it up will be   Louis C.K.

Drama actor:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Kyle Chandler,   Friday Night Lights; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Hugh Laurie, House; Timothy Olyphant, Justified.

It`s anybody`s game this year, except Steve Buscemi.  Though gifted,   Buscemi is not up to the acting chops of the others in his category. As I   mentioned earlier, Acting is standing up totally naked and turning around very   slowly and telling the truth. Hamm does that and will win, win, win...

Comedy actress:  

Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and   Recreation; Laura Linney, The Big C; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope;   Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly.

Hands down, Amy Poehler, (Parks and Recreation). Any actors goal is to   reach the maximum effect with the least amount of effort when it comes to   acting. All of these woman are gifted and talented. She works her ass off to   make it look that easy.

Supporting drama actor:  

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age; John Slattery, Mad Men; Alan   Cumming, The Good Wife; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The   Good Wife; Walton Goggins, Justified. 

This year brings another group of talented actors into the mix, new and   old faces alike. I would like Josh Charles to win only because I`ve had the   honor of running lines with him back in 2008 for a Broadway audition for the   play Orphans. Even though Peter Dinklage is a fan favorite, my money is on   Alan Cummings.

Supporting comedy actor: Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Jesse Tyler Ferguson,   Modern Family; Ed O`Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Jon   Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Chris Colfer, Glee. 

In this case, I wish I could "recommend" instead of predicting. Honorable   mention firstly to Jon Cryer for doing a damn good staright man against you   know who. Chris Colfer on the other hand did not have to suffer as Jon did and   will probably walk away with the hardware this year. He is an immense acting   talent and can play comedy as easily as the more dramatic.  

Supporting comedy actress: Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Kristen Wiig,   Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock. 

This is the category that I really wish they would drop for this year. No   one does anything for me this year in this category. If I had to make a choice   I would probably go with Bowen.

Supporting drama actress: Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Michelle Forbes, The   Killing; Margo Martindale, Justified; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.

A career to follow, from Julliard to Broadway. Christine Baranski has it   all with Tony Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, American Comedy Award and yes   she has won an Emmy. Baranski is a great actress and nobody in my opinion has   her range.

Judyth Piazza chats with Revered Acting Coach John Pallotta