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2010 Emmys: What Won, What Lost (Pun!)

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you, with great fanfare, the Emmy results for the categories we care most about. Way to go, Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lith-wow, and Ryan Murphy!

(The winners are in bold)

Best Drama Series

• Breaking Bad
• Dexter
• The Good Wife
• Los
Mad Men
• True Blood

Best Comedy Series

• Curb Your Enthusiasm
• Glee
Modern Family
• Nurse Jackie
• The Office
• 30 Rock

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
• Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
• Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
• Hugh Laurie (House)
• Matthew Fox (Lost)
• Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
• Glenn Close (Damages)
• Connie Britton (FNL)
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
• Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU)
• January Jones (Mad Men)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
• Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
• Matthew Morrison (Glee)
• Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
• Steve Carell (The Office)
• Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

• Lea Michele (Glee)
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures…)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
• Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
• Tina Fey (30 Rock)
• Toni Collette (United States of Tara)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

• John Slattery (Mad Men)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
• Martin Short (Damages)
• Terry O’ Quinn (Lost)
• Michael Emerson (Lost)
• Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

• Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
• Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
• Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
• Rose Byrne (Damages)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

• Beau Bridges (The Closer)
• Ted Danson (Damages)
John Lithgow (Dexter)
• Alan Cumming ( The Good Wife)
• Dylan Baker (The Good Wife)
• Robert Morse (Mad Men)
• Gregory Itzin (24)

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

• Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
• Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
• Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
• Lily Tomlin (Damages)
Ann-Margret (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
• Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• Chris Colfer (Glee)
• Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
• Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
• Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Lynch (Glee)
• Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
• Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
• Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
• Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men)

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

• Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
• Fred Willard (Modern Family)
• Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
• Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
• Will Arnett (30 Rock)

Notable Other Winners In Categories I Didn't Consider When Drafting This List

• Best Directing for a Comedy Series: Ryan Murphy (Glee)
• Best Directing for a Drama Series: Dexter


  1. I was really hoping Matthew Fox might get some recognition this year. But as usual, shows I love were pretty much ignored. At least Glee got some recognition. And John Lithgow massively deserved his Emmy for his amazing performance on Dexter.

    Thanks so much for doing this, Josie. I hate the Emmys. :)

  2. I slightly disagree, Billie. Lithgow should have won in the Supporting Actor category, not Guest Appearance. He was in all episodes last season, for Christ's sake!

    I knew the Academy would be conservative and unimaginative, but they surprised me. Kyra Sedgwick, again? Mad Men, for the third freaking year in a row? I don't watch it, but people who do say this season wasn't as good as the first 2. And Breaking Bad had one of the best seasons of any show I've ever seen. And what would be the problem of giving it to LOST as a sort of "prize for all the series"?

    I think, though, that in the comedy category the award were almost spot on. Modern Family has yet to deliver a bad episode (can you say the same about Glee?) and their cast, writing and direction are fantastic. Nurse Jackie is a bad show disguised as a good one, but Eddie Falco does a good job indeed. And Sue is pretty much the only reason I would come back to watching Glee again.

    Josie, when I said Lith-wow here I didn't think it would catch on. I'm hopeful proud of myself now. Thank you!

  3. I was very happy for Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, and Jim Parsons. I was disappointed that someone other than Bryan Cranston didn't win. I didn't think Matthew Fox really had a shot, but it should have been Michael C. Hall or Hugh Laurie this year. I hear Cranston is quite good, but he won the last two years!

    Gustavo, this was Kyra's first Emmy. She's won some other awards for The Closer, but has never won the Emmy. Other than Cranston and Mad Men, they didn't actually do too many repeat winners this year. I'm impressed!

  4. I absolutely cherish Breaking Bad and am very pleased Aaron Paul won his first Emmy, but I have to agree with Jess about Cranston. I actually watch each show that had a nomination for leading actor in a drama and while he just might be the best of the bunch, the others are also very deserving and they should have spread the wealth.

    And as for Lost, it had been my favorite obsession since the pilot aired but the past few seasons have rubbed me the wrong way, especially the finale. That shouldn't take away from Matthew Fox but better writing always serves the actors well when it comes to winning these awards.

    Cheers for Modern Family! Love that show and honestly they could have given the supporting actor role to almost anyone (I prefer Phil best) but Eric Stonestreet is great. Looking forward to season 2.

  5. I'm very happy for Eric Stonestreet, but really just delighted it didn't go to Jon Cryer again. Yay for Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory getting a little recognition, because regardless of what you think of the show as a whole, HE is brilliant on it.
    Jane Lynch deserved it, no questions asked. And as much I adore NPH (and frankly, who doesn't?), I really feel that Mike O'Malley should have won for his incredible portrayal of Kurt's dad on Glee.
    Lastly, just how much does Jimmy Fallon suck?


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