Sunday, September 18, 2011

Genre Favorites to Root for During Tonight's Emmy Awards

by Sara N.

The Emmy Awards are tonight. Yay, TV! How we love you! Without you, we'd be able to get through our TBR pile of books, and we'd have to have actual conversations with our family members. As Homer Simpson once said of his television, "Teacher. Mother. Secret lover."

Buuuuut enough about my conflicted relationship with the glowing blue box. If you don't have a favorite show competing in any of the categories tonight, why not root for someone from one of your favorite science fiction, fantasy or horror shows, both past and future? Turns out, most of the nominated actors and actresses have a genre project or two lurking in their closets.


Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law Starred in two of Stephen King's non-supernatural movies, Misery and Delores Clairborne. She's also one of three nominated actors to appear in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights Appearing in this fall's hotly anticipated new show American Horror Story.

Mireille Enos, The Killing Cast in the upcoming (and sure to be disappointing) World War Z film.

Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU —Slim pickings here. Guest starred on Freddy's Nightmares?


Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (right) Ethereal as Morgaine in the TV version of The Mists of Avalon.

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Appeared in the tragically short-lived TV show Invasion.



Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama
 
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire — She played Helena Ravenclaw in the final Harry Potter installment.


Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife —Punjabi appeared in Life on Mars (the superior BBC version, not the sad American version). Ergo, she's probably met John Simm, the lucky duck.


Christine Baranski, The Good Wife — Fabulous character actor, but not many genre credits. The Jim Carrey Grinch movie is about as close as she comes.


Margo Martindale, Justified —Hmmm ... she was in 28 Days, which is easily confused with 28 Days Later when you're in a hurry at the video store.


Michelle Forbes, The Killing Forbes gave memorable guest starring turns in True Blood and Battlestar Galactica.

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (left) Hello, Mrs. Reynolds! Hendricks was unforgettable in her Firefly episodes.


Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire — Buscemi has been in several genre films: The Island, Ghost World, Armageddon, Escape from L.A. No surprise given his lengthy film resume.

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (right) Early Edition! Hey, a time-traveling newspaper counts as genre, right? OK, fine, also Super 8, The Day the Earth Stood Still and King Kong.


Michael C. Hall, Dexter —He appeared in the underrated sci fi gem Paycheck, but it was hard to see him past Ben Affleck's big white choppers.


John Hamm, Mad Men — He was in The Day the Earth Stood Still with Chandler. Plus, he's so darn handsome that he has to be the subject of a genetic engineering experiment.


Hugh Laurie, House — Am I nuts, or does this Brit have very few genre shows to his credit?


Timothy Olyphant, Justified — The zombie-ish film The Crazies and the alien film I Am Number Four featured the acting talents (and sheer handsomeness) of Olyphant.



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (left) — Tyrion is the finest genre role for any actor, ever, frankly. On top of that, he was in the excellent and cruelly cancelled Threshold


Josh Charles, The Good Wife — Not a lot of genre work, but let's all agree that we'll love him forever be cause of Dead Poet's Society, OK?


Alan Cumming, The Good Wife — What up, X-Men 2's Nightcrawler?


Walton Goggins, Justified — His roles in Cowboys & Aliens and Predators are made slightly less edgy by his appearance as Almanzo Wilder in Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder.


John Slattery, Mad Men —He was in Iron Man 2 and The Adjustment Bureau.


Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age The Mist, The Andromeda Strain, 'Salem's Lot, City of Angels ... Yeah, he's done some stuff.



Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie —I recognized no genre films on her resume. Am I missing something?

Tina Fey, 30 Rock — The fabulous Ms. Fey isn't much of a sci fi gal, but Mean Girls is such a perfect little movie that we'll give her a pass.


Laura Linney, The Big C The Truman Show had interesting things to say about media, reality and social control. Also, she was in the best-forgotten Congo

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly — Starred in The Nines, which had bizarre supernatural overtones ... and Ryan Reynolds' abs.


Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope — Goonies never say die! If that's not genre enough (pirates  and booby traps count, right?), she also guest starred in Fringe and Medium.


Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (right) —She was in Southland Tales, set in a dystopian future L.A.



Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy

Jane Lynch, Glee —She's better known for her comedy, although she was in this year's alien romp Paul, and she guested on an X-Files episode.


Betty White, Hot In Cleveland — Does the monster movie Lake Placid count?


Julie Bowen, Modern Family — Although she should probably never admit it, she was in An American Werewolf in Paris.
 
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (left) — Not a lot of genre work for this funny lady.


Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live —She also was in Paul, along with the not-especially-funny Rickey Gervais film Ghost Town.


Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock —Guested on Early Edition and Young Indiana Jones.

  
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (right) Beetlejuice! Prelude to a Kiss! The Adventures of Pluto Nash? You can't win 'em all, Alec.

Louis C.K., Louie —Really more of a comedian than a genre actor.


Steve Carrell, The Office —I guess Get Smart had gadgets. He was also the funniest part of Bruce Almighty, which lead to Evan Almighty. Oh, and Bewitched.


Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory — He was in Hancock and Prancer. Prancer, people!


Matt LeBlanc, Episodes — We've all forgotten about Lost in Space, yes?


Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory —This show is pretty much his sole genre role, save for a guest spot on the Super Hero Squad Show.
 







Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy

Chris Colfer, Glee —He's got a scant resume so far; no real genre standouts.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family —Like Colfer, a short-ish resume leads to not much genre work.


Ed O'Neill, Modern Family —The former Ed Bundy was also a troll king in the miniseries The 10th Kingdom.


Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family — He appeared in The Island and an episode of the much-missed Pushing Daisies. (Come back to TV, Lee Pace!) Also, he was in something called Ninja Cheerleaders. Not sure what that is, but it's got to be genre. And awesome.


Ty Burrell, Modern Family (left) — Deliciously obnoxious as a mall survivor in the Dawn of the Dead remake. He was also in The Hulk and a National Treasure movie (but let's not hold that against him).


Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men — He survived Chafrlie Sheen for seven years. That was probably a lot like science fiction for him.



Outstanding Drama

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

Outstanding Comedy

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


Clearly, the genre votes goes to Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory.

So who are you rooting for tonight?
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