The Emmy nominations are fast approaching and I’m worried several deserving contenders may be forgotten. I’ve already posted on some of my comedy favorites, and now, here’s a quick list of people I hope the Emmy voters remember alongside favorites like Juliana Marguiles, Glenn Close, Hugh Laurie and Michael C. Hall. So, take a look at my list, let me know your thoughts and suggestions and watch for my predictions in the upcoming weeks and the official nominations on July 8!
Matthew Fox (Lost): how on Earth Fox has never received an Emmy nom for his work as man of science turned man of faith Dr. Jack Shepard on Lost has me, well, completely lost. He has been amazing for 6 years and in the final season, his work was breath-taking. The Golden Globe nominee had better finally get his name called or else I may just have to storm the Academy in protest.
Josh Holloway (Lost): the never nomm’d actor was the heart and soul of the show in season 5 with his romance with Juliet (the brilliant Elizabeth Mitchell who should’ve had 3 nominations by now). This season his return to sullen anti-hero grieving over her death was extraordinary. He deserves some much overdue recognition.
Yujin Kim (Lost): another criminally under recognized actor from Lost, Kim deserved noms in seasons 2 and 3 and again this year. She does heartbreak like nobody’s business and in her touching final scenes with Jin (the wonderful Daniel Dae-Kim), you couldn’t deny her pain and unflinching love.
Matthew Bomer (White Collar): as the charismatic con man and star of USA’s hit White Collar, Bomer has become a star who’s not only incredibly easy on the eyes, but incredibly adept at assuming different personas equally at home in comedy and drama.
Jessica Capshaw (Greys Anatomy): easily the most consistently likable character on Greys, Capshaw’s Arizona dealt with a lot of relationship turmoil this season with the also Emmy worthy Sara Ramirez’s Callie not to mention the deaths of some of her young patients, a gun-toting madman in the hospital and Callie’s homophobic family. Through it all, she remained the only consistently positive character on the series and Capshaw’s performance was lovely, grounded and inspiring.
Mary Lynn Raskub (24) as the always irksome and brittle tech whiz Chloe on 24, Raskub has become the only indispensible character to last through the series along with Kiefer’s Jack Bauer. She was robbed of noms back in seasons 4 & 5, but with her standoff with her friend in the series finale, she may finally hear her name called on July 8.
Annie Wersching (24): arguably the most interesting part of this season’s 24 was the return, redemption and murder of Wersching’s troubled agent Renee Walker. She stole Jack’s heart, committed acts of torture and revenge, and heroically helped CTU and Jack find the Russian connection to the terrorist plot. Through it all, Wersching was spell-binding and should grab a nomination. (Heck she should’ve gotten one last season too!)
John Noble (Fringe): as the brilliant and kooky scientist Peter Bishop who literally ripped the fabric of time and space out from under us, Golden Globe nominee Noble is nothing short of brilliant. Straddling comedy, tragedy, and scientific mumbo jumbo with aplomb, Noble roots it all in the lovely relationship with his onscreen son Peter played by the increasingly good Joshua Jackson. Of all the people on my list, I think he has the strongest shot of actually grabbing a nod.
Regina King & Michael Cudlitz (Southland): as a tough female cop and a tough drug addled gay cop fighting LA’s inner city’s criminals, King and Cudlitz represent two fascinating and disparate characters on this great yet little watched show.
Alexander Saarsgard (True Blood): as the sexiest vampire in history (sorry Bill Compton, and Edward Cullen, for that matter), Saarsgard’s Eric in intense, intellectual and undeniable. He’s easily the standout male cast member on the show and that’s saying something considering Nelson Ellis’s wonderful work as Lafayette.
Michelle Forbes (True Blood): her crazy demonic debaucherous character wrecked havoc all over the show in season two and Forbes was fantastic in every single crazy second of it.
Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters): The Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee from Ally McBeal has never received any kudos for her exemplary work on Bro & Sis, but with her dropping to the supporting race this year and a storyline dealing with her cancer battle, political travails, marriage woes and her husband’s death, Flockhart may finally be welcomed back into the Emmy spotlight.
Other names it might be nice to see on the list this year: the aforementioned Sara Ramirez (Greys Anatomy), plus the never nomm’d Ellen Pompeo (Greys) who did her best work this year, the coolest spy around Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), the absurdly debonair Nathan Fillion (Castle), the ever reliable Lisa Edelstein (House) and Joely Richardson for her fantastic guest work on The Tudors as Henry’s final Queen.