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Friday, September 20, 2002

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Emmy preview: Psst... I think Friends is gonna win

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Mark Polishuk
Gazette Staff

Ah, the Emmys. Some will win, some will lose, some will get their egos bruised. Some will smile, some will cry, some will get cut off by the orchestra because they just keep going on and on during their acceptance speech like people watching actually give a damn about them thanking their hairdresser or their cousin Jethro back home. Ahem. Anyway, on to the preview.


BEST COMEDY

After eight years, it looks like Friends will finally get a win on the strength of its highest rated season ever. This is the good thing about the Emmys; eventually, pretty much everyone wins (coughcoughSusanLuccicough). Friends has been a decent show for enough years that they deserve it. They're also helped by the fact that three of the other nominees have had average seasons (Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City, Will & Grace). Curb Your Enthusiasm is the best and most original of the nominees, but it's a cable show and, thus, probably not enough voters have seen it.

Mark's Pick: Friends
Deserves To Win: Curb Your Enthusiasm


COMEDY ACTING AWARDS

Find a dartboard, since the acting honours are pretty wide open this year. Jennifer Aniston (Friends) is the favourite for Best Actress, ahead of Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) and inexplicable two-time winner Patricia Heaton (Raymond). Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry might split the Friends vote in the Best Actor category, opening the door for Bernie Mac, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) or the man everybody loves, Ray Romano. The supporting categories are a total crapshoot, with every nominee having a reasonable chance of winning.

Mark's Picks: Lead – Romano, Aniston, Supporting – Peter Boyle (Raymond), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City)
Deserves To Win: Lead – LeBlanc, Aniston, Supporting – Brad Garrett (Raymond), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)


BEST DRAMA

The dramatic category is pretty easy to call: West Wing all the way. This past year, the show slumped to about a 50:50 ratio between episodes that were TV at its finest, and episodes that were preachier than a, uh..., preacher. HBO's Six Feet Under was nominated for almost as many awards as West Wing, but since its in first year, its chances of winning are slim. It's wait until next year for CSI, Law & Order and 24.

Mark's Pick: West Wing
Deserves To Win: West Wing


DRAMA ACTING AWARDS

West Wing has an amazing nine nominations for acting, including Mary-Louise Parker and Stockard Channing for Best Supporting Actress, despite the fact that, between them, they appeared in about a dozen episodes. Despite all of the attention, the only West Wing lock is John Spencer as Supporting Actor. You'd think that Martin Sheen would be the big dog as Best Actor, but he'll have to deal with his son's Young Guns co-star Kiefer Sutherland (24). Janel Moloney is the only West Wing Supporting Actress who actually showed up in every show, so she'll win. Best Actress is between Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Rachel Griffiths and Francis Conroy from Six Feet Under, two-time defending Supporting Actress champ Alison Janney (West Wing) and (yeesh) Jennifer Garner from Alias. Your guess is as good as mine.

Mark's Picks: Lead – Sheen, Griffiths, Supporting – Spencer, Moloney
Who Deserves To Win: Lead – Sheen, Janney, Supporting – Spencer, Moloney


BEST ANIMATED SERIES

The Simpsons will once again win this joke of an award. This category is like the NHL creating a "Best Team From Detroit" trophy for the Red Wings to play for instead of the Stanley Cup. Suffice it to say, if Friends deserves a Best Comedy Emmy, The Simpsons deserves about six of them.

Mark's Pick: Simpsons, who ALWAYS deserve to win.


The Emmys air Sunday at 8a.m. on NBC.

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