In case you are interested in American TV's most prestigious awards show, the Emmy's took place last night and you can see all the winners right here : http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2010/08/29/2010-primetime-emmy-awards-winners/20100829atas01/
The Emmy's are voted on by a specifically chosen group of people who either work or used to work in television. They don't always see all the TV on each season and the awards are given based on seeing only one submitted episode from the actors and shows. This system can often lead to anger amongst TV critics but last night's results were surprisingly fair according to Alan Sepinwall who knows a thing or two about it http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/emmy-analysis-bring-on-the-new-blood
I don't watch all the shows but I wanted to comment on a couple of winners:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
ERIC STONESTREET as Cameron Tucker ABC Modern Family
I have absolutely no problem with this one. Cam was the most consistently funny character on Modern Family. The character is often very broad but Stonestreet plays him with unquenchable enthusiasm and heart.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
JIM PARSONS as Sheldon Cooper CBS The Big Bang Theory
This was a big surprise to me but is absolutely the right result. Parsons was up against Larry David, Steve Carrell and Alec Baldwin amongst others. I would say none of them was as consistently funny as Sheldon this season. But more than that, Sheldon is a wonderfully written comic creation that takes what could be an average show and more often than not turns it into something really funny. His performance is so consistent and so nuanced that he richly deserves this recognition. It clearly meant a lot to him too which was lovely to see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8KJ7bqctZ0
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
AARON PAUL as Jesse Pinkman AMC Breaking Bad
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
BRYAN CRANSTON as Walter White AMC Breaking Bad
You won't be surprised to learn that I wholeheartedly endorse these two as winners in the drama category. I of course would have chosen Breaking Bad ahead of Mad Men or Lost or indeed anything else as the best drama on TV. The show is written with an intensity, a focus on characterisation and sense of consequence that no other show (that I watch) has right now. These two men are superb in their roles; nuanced, believable and powerful.
I don't watch enough TV to really argue strongly for or against the other awards and the short lists. But in a theoretical awards show I might have wanted to find an award for Josh Holloway who I think will always be underrated for his performances on Lost. I would have given an award to the episode of Community called "Modern Warfare" which was an exceptional piece of writing, directing and producing. I would liked to have given an award to Spartacus: Blood and Sand for doing a better job than Prison Break ever did of showing how a drama in a confined space can be completely addictive (and for recovering from such a poor start).