September 14th, 2011 11:44 EST
Revered Acting Coach John Pallotta's Emmy 2011 Picks
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.