Emmy nominations are just a day away, and you know what that means: It’s time to get our prayers in order. Before the noms are released, we’re voicing ten of our biggest hopes for Thursday morning’s announcement. Be sure to add your own, because these are only the first ten I needed to share. Phew. I’m already feeling better.
1. Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Matt Czuchry, The Good Wife
Here’s what I look for in a dependable dramatic presence: sternness; eyebrow-shiftiness; the ability to wear fine suits; adorable Fisher Price Little Person eyes; hair the color of fresh Wheat Thins; saucy rapport with Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, and Archie Panjabi. The man who fits the bill is Matt Czuchry, and as Cary on The Good Wife he’s dealt with a whole bunch of annoying b.s. this season (including being beat up by Kalinda’s ex’s henchman). I’m sick of Czuchry being left out of this series’ annual Emmy coup.
2. Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Veep is excellent, and one of the reasons for that is Anna Chlumsky, who is both a fine straight man character and harshy hilarious as Amy. She is scary and ruthless and necessary to Selina’s pseudo-sanity. Since Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a shoo-in for a Lead Actress nom (if not win), why not throw some love Chlumsky’s way too?
3. Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Yes, I’m a Jane Krakowski/Jenna Maroney superfan, but this year Jenna and her mile-high delusions need superfan support more than ever. She missed a nomination last year, and this time’s her last chance to snatch Emmy gold. Krakowski deserves it for Jenna’s final episode arc alone, when she tried out a cameo on Law & Order SVU and feared all the pretty people at the Los Angeles airport.
4. Actress in a Drama Series: Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Bates Motel is such a weird show, and not just because it’s a prequel to Psycho set in the present day. Tonally it weaves between a claustrophobic family drama and an eerie small town caper, and while I don’t think the show resolves that schism well enough, star Vera Farmiga is always a hair-raising, harried spectacle as Norman Bates’ mother Norma. She has secrets, as well as unknown motives — and her mystery and sheer strangeness make her a one-of-a-kind dramatic character: a kooky Clytaemnestra who shops at Charlotte Russe.
5. Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
This is the likeliest of the nominations I’ve listed so far, but let’s take time to make sure it happens, ‘k? Jane Fonda invigorated The Newsroom with hotter stakes when she appeared as CEO Leona Lansing, a demanding and menacing doyenne with designs to tank Will McAvoy. No one but the Klute legend could gamely deliver a parable about Jesus and Moses that ends with the line, “‘Look. You wanna play golf or you wanna f*ck around?” An icon, everyone!