Lead Actor, Comedy
Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
A pair of two-time winners lead the pack: Parsons, so great as uber-nerd Sheldon on "Big Bang," and Baldwin, for his last hurrah as "30 Rock's" boss man Jack Donaghy. Critics were mixed on the revived "Arrested Development," but we loved it, and Bateman is the glue that holds the Bluth family together. LeBlanc and Cheadle are hurt by the fact that their shows draw tiny audiences. And we're big Louis C.K. fans, but acting is not exactly his strong suit; we'd rather see his show win than him.
Should Win: Bateman never won an Emmy for "Arrested's" original run; we'd like to see that injustice corrected here.
Will Win: Baldwin, as long as he doesn't go off on any more offensive rants between now and the ceremony.
Lead Actress, Comedy
Laura Dern, "Enlightened"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
First of all, yay for Laura Dern and "Enlightened"! HBO canceled it after two seasons, but it's finally getting the Emmys attention it deserves. Louis-Dreyfus is the reigning champ here as bumbling VP Selina Meyer, and "Veep" has only improved. Like Louis C.K., the multi-talented Dunham is better suited to the writing and directing categories. Falco is a marvel, and BFFs Poehler and Fey are always welcome here, with Poehler especially deserving for her work as chirpy go-getter Leslie Knope.
Should Win: We'd love to see Dern and "Enlightened" go out in a blaze of glory.
Will Win: Our latest polls indicate that Louis-Dreyfus will be reelected in a landslide.