Ever since the nominations for Sunday's Emmy awards were announced, I've been thinking — a lot — about who will be taking home the trophies. While there are always surprises (sometimes big ones), these are my best guesses. Don't forget to make yours in my ballot for a chance to win a Samsung HDTV!
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
My prediction: Mad Men. It's got the buzz, the quality, and the critical success.
Secretly rooting for: House or Damages, two strong series that also deserve some recognition.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
My prediction: 30 Rock. It's hilarious, it's irreverent, and it makes fun of the television industry, which should get some votes.
Secretly rooting for: The Office. It finished the season so strong that I wouldn't mind if it got a boost.
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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
My prediction: Jon Hamm, whose Don Draper takes Mad Men to another level.
Secretly rooting for: Hugh Laurie, who simply must win an Emmy someday for his crotchety Dr. House.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
My prediction: Glenn Close, who had me wrapped around her finger through all of the twists and turns of Damages.
Secretly rooting for: Just Close. This award really should be hers.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
My prediction: Christina Applegate, who's gotten virtually nothing but raves for her return to TV in Samantha Who?
Secretly rooting for: Tina Fey. As Liz Lemon, she's really come into her own as a performer.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
My prediction: Michael Emerson. I thought this Lost star would get the Emmy last year, and he might have been even better this time around.
Secretly rooting for: John Slattery or Ted Danson, both of whom delivered incredible, career-best performances.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
My prediction: Candice Bergen. I just don't know if I can see this Emmys passing without at least one win for Boston Legal.
Secretly rooting for: Chandra Wilson, who can brighten up even the most mediocre episodes of Grey's Anatomy.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
My prediction: Neil Patrick Harris. What can I say, he's legen— wait for it . . .
Secretly rooting for: I really want Harris to take it, but Rainn Wilson's not far behind.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
My prediction: Vanessa Williams, Wilhelmina Slater extraordinaire.
Secretly rooting for: Kristin Chenoweth (will she sing if she wins?) or Amy Poehler, whose contributions to SNL really should be recognized before she leaves.