Best Television Series - Drama
Game of Thrones: the freshman year of this daring, fantasy series was strong enough that I believe it could take the prize. While multiple story lines can sometimes get convoluted, this show manages to entwine them in such a way that they remain fresh and keep the viewer thirsting for more (yes, it's that good).
Honourable Mention: Boardwalk Empire had a strong year too, so this could be a tight race. And I'm a little disturbed by how much I'm drawn to American Horror Story, frankly.
Best Performance by an Actress - Drama
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife: her ability to juggle Alicia Florrick's roles of evolving, confident lawyer, concerned mom, and still have time for a sensual private life this season, was something to behold.
Honourable Mention: Mireille Enos - The Killing -a soft-spoken cop on her last day of work is called to investigate a missing girl and is pulled into a mystery the likes of which I haven't seen since Laura Palmer. One to watch. Madeleine Stowe - Revenge - as the matriarch of a powerful and deceitful Hamptons clan, Stowe is at her ethereal-but-venomous best.
Best Performance by an Actor - Drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire: Nucky Thompson showed some new (scary) sides to his personality this season and I can't wait to see what he's going to do next.
Honourable Mention: Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad is definitely the one to beat as this series nears its end, and Damian Lewis of Homeland does an excellent job of playing an American war hero/possible terrorist, considering he's actually British.
Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical
Modern Family: this show is just consistently funny and has one of the best ensembles ever.
Honourable Mention: New Girl is fun to watch and I'm loving the dynamic between sweet/loopy Jess and her 3 male roomies, Episodes is an entertaining show about a British couple who moves to LA to produce an American version of their hit UK show and experience the insanity that is Hollywood for the first time.
Best Performance by an Actress - Comedy or Musical
Tina Fey - 30 Rock: is there anything this woman can't do? Plus, her book made me laugh out loud. A lot.
Honourable Mention: Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation - I would vote for Leslie Knope. Zooey Deschanel - New Girl - she's random and geeky and lovely and I sometimes relate to her in ways that surprise me.
Best Performance by an Actor - Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock: Jack Donaghy is quite simply one of the most magnificent characters ever created. Just ask him.
Honourable Mention: Matt LeBlanc - Episodes - playing himself in a way that is funny, but not in a Joey-kinda-way.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Downton Abbey: they should just call this Masterpiece Crack Pipe, because that's how addictive it is.
Honourable Mention: Mildred Pierce - Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce? Watch your backs, Grantham's!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce: she's unstoppable.
Honourable Mention: Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey - playing an American heiress in a noble family of Brits, she is at times, steely, delicate, manipulated and manipulative. Always fun to watch.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey: he's just so tall and well, properly British. I'd love to hug him,but it might appear unseemly.
Honourable Mention: this one's a neck-and-neck horse race, as well.
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: never mind the fact that she's Jessica-Freakin'-Lange, her role as aging Southern belle, Constance, is a study in old-world charm, delicacy, and ball-breaking fierceness.
Honourable Mention: Kelly MacDonald - Boardwalk Empire - her character continued to surprise me this season, which I love. Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey - there aren't a lot of laughs in this series, but as the prissy, observant Dowager Countess of Grantham, she provides most of them, stealing almost every scene she's in.
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones: I've loved him since The Station Agent and his character, Tyrion, is one of the most interesting (and funny) characters to hit the small screen in a long time. Plus, he pulls off all the best lines.
Honourable Mention: again, this one's a crap shoot.
...And I can't believe I'm quoting Jessica Alba, but I liked what she said about Ricky Gervais hosting tonight:
You kind of have to just know that he's a comedian and he's poking fun and that's it and not take it personally. We play dress-up for a living, so at a certain point you can't take yourself that seriously.
ENJOY THE SHOW TONIGHT, FOLKS!