Top 10: Likely 2010 Emmy Award Winners in Comedy

Tony Haslam August 27, 2010 Comments Off


The 62nd Annual Emmy awards take place on August 29th, and with competition as fierce as ever for the coveted winner’s trophy; the likes of 30 Rock, Modern Family and Glee are expected to sweep the awards in the comedy categories this year.

There may be a few surprises in store, but don’t be alarmed to see the stars of the above mentioned walking away with their hands full on August 29th. Here is our break down of the anticipated winners in the comedy categories this year:

30 Rock – Comedy Series

30 Rock is expected to take this one, having won it for the last 3 years running. Despite lower viewer ratings this year, 30 Rock has picked up 22 nominations in total, so get your money on Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin getting their hands on the trophy again.

The nominees are:

  • Curb your enthusiasm
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Glee

Alec Baldwin – Lead actor in a comedy series

This is a two horse race between Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub; who have won this award twice and three times respectively. Jim Parsons could sneak in with a surprise win, having seen his role evolve into a critically acclaimed position this year, however history often dictates the future, and with 30 Rock on it’s current pedestal; it’s going to be hard to see this award going elsewhere.

The nominations are:

  • Larry David – Curb your enthusiasm
  • Tony Shalhoub – Monk
  • Steve Carrell – The Office
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

Edie Falco – Lead actress in a comedy series

Tina Fey, Toni Collette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have all won this award before, however this one could go to either Lea Michele of Glee, or Edie Falco from Nurse Jackie; which has taken the nation by storm with Edie’s performances of late, which have been described as “wicked, heartbreaking and funny” so don’t count on 30 Rock walking away with this one.

The nominations are:

  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – New adventures of old Christine
  • Lea Michele – Glee
  • Toni Collette – United States on Tara
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Ty Burrell – Supporting actor in a comedy series

Jon Cryer picked up this award last year; however it is clearly Modern Family’s time to grab this one, with 3 nominations in the same category. It is hard to choose between the 3, but Ty Burrell should take this after seeing his work recognized by being nominated for the 2010 Television Critics Association Award.

The nominations are:

  • Jesse Tyler – Modern Family
  • Chris Colfer – Glee
  • Jon Cryer – Two and a half men
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family
  • Neil Patrick Harris – How I met your mother

Kristen Wiig – Supporting actress in a comedy series

Kristen Wiig should win this, after her performances on Saturday Night Live, taking on many different personas; however Jane Lynch will probably take it after the Madonna episode of Glee, in which she remade the Vogue video in one of the funniest episodes of the year. Modern Family have two nominations in this category, but it’s only fair that someone else gets a crack of the whip.

The nominations are:

  • Jane Lynch – Glee
  • Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live
  • Julie Bowen – Modern Family
  • Jane Krakowski – 30 Rock
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
  • Holland Tyler – Two and a half men

Glee – Writing for a comedy series

30 Rock has picked up two nominations in this category, however Glee has become an international hit because of it’s soundtrack. Created by Ryan Murphy (creator of Nip/Tuck), Glee has already won a Golden Globe and a People’s choice award, so it’s more than likely they will run away with this one too.

The nominations are:

  • The Office
  • Modern Family
  • Glee
  • 30 Rock (Tina Fey & Kay Cannon)
  • 30 Rock (Matt Hubbard)

Bill Maher – Writing for a variety, music or comedy special

Bill Maher is expected to win this one; having been nominated for this and the outstanding variety, music or comedy special, along with 2 nominations for the same awards for a series.

The nominations are:

  • Bill Maher – But I’m not wrong
  • Wanda Sykes – I’ma be me
  • The Kennedy Centre Honours
  • 63rd Annual Tony awards
  • 82 Annual academy awards

The Daily Show – Variety, music or comedy series

Saturday Night Live has had some great contributors over the years, with the likes of Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey reprising roles on a regular basis, however the ‘fake news’ program: The Daily show with Jon Stewart will win this, picking on political figures, media organisations and recent headlines, all with a satirical twist which often over exaggerate claims or chains of events.

The nominations are:

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily show with Jon Stewart
  • Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Real time with Bill Maher

Glee – Directing for a comedy series

The Office took this award last year, but with Glee being nominated twice; there can only be one winner in this category. Glee’s choreography and costumes contribute massively to this series, so recognition is deserved with this award.

The nominations are:

  • Nurse Jackie
  • 30 Rock
  • Glee (Ryan Murphy)
  • Glee (Paris Barclay)
  • Modern Family

Already decided Emmy Acard in the comedy category

Some of the comedy awards have already been decided; with the following all picking up their awards early:

  • Outstanding guest actor in a comedy series: Neil Patrick Harris – Glee
  • Outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series: The Colbert Report
  • Outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series – Glee
  • Outstanding picture editing for a comedy series (single or multi camera) – Modern Family
  • Outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy series – Saturday Night Live
  • Outstanding casting for a comedy series – Modern Family

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