by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
September 18, 2005
There is a big difference between who will win and who should win a Primetime Emmy Sunday night. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is notorious for finding a favorite then sticking with that favorite for years (see: Bergen, Candace; Hunt, Helen). Here are some predictions for the main acting categories.
Lead Actor – Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Eric McCormack, Will &
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Will win – Though I wouldn’t be surprised if the Academy somehow gave the award to Kelsey Grammer even though “Frasier” has been off the air for two years, it will probably go to current darling Tony Shalhoub.
Should win – Zach Braff, who won many over with his indie-hit movie “Garden State,” or Jason Bateman of the critically-acclaimed, ratings-challenged “Arrested Development.”
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
Patricia Heaton, Everybody
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle
Will win - Though all four leads on D.H. are great (including Eva Longoria, who wrongly wasn’t nominated), Marcia Cross was the most talked about character on the most talked about show of the year.
Should win – The Emmys like “Desperate,” so Cross will likely follow co-star Teri Hatcher’s win from last year.
Hank Azaria, Huff
Hugh Laurie, House
Ian McShane, Deadwood
James Spader, Boston Legal
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Will win - Lots of omissions such as Anthony LaPaglia from “Without a Trace,” Christopher Meloni from “Law & Order: SVU” and William Peterson from “CSI.” Of the nominees, Hugh Laurie created the most buzz on “House,” but expect Spader to win for the second year in a row.
Should win – Kiefer Sutherland goes through more drama in a day, than many do in a lifetime.
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Glenn Close, The Shield
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Will win – Glenn Close will probably get rewarded for “slumming” and doing television.
Should win- Frances Conroy of “Six Feet Under” deserves a going-away Emmy.