Magazine article Variety

All in the Eyes of Gold Beholders

Magazine article Variety

All in the Eyes of Gold Beholders

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As in all competitions, there are favorites and then there are those that are equally deserving but. for one reason or another, don't roll into the big awards night as consensus pack-leaders. Here, Variety staffers pick their wish list of slightly left-field contenders in the heated race for Emmy kudos.

- Malina Saual

BEST COMEDY SERIES

"THE 1UG KANG THEORY" (1) (CBS)

When Is a billiondollar mega-hit an "underdog?" In the case of "The Big Bang Theory," only at the Emmys. Yet the CBS sitcom has only gotten better through the years, and conspicuously becomes the last multicamera sitcom standing in a field dominated by "Modern Family" in recent years and that has expanded to accommodate "Orange Is the New Black." Besides, It would be fun to read producer Chuck Lorre's vanity cards once he thinks you like him, you really like him.

Brian Lowry

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

JON IIAMM (2)

Mail Mi'll" (A MC >

It's a sad fact of life: We often take wonderful things for granted. For example, Jon Hamm in "Mad Men." Since the show won four consecutive drama series Emmys, some may assume Hamm also won. He hasn't, ever. And over the years, his Don Draper has become more horrifying, sympathetic and fascinating, all at the same time. Many pundits see this category as a showdown between Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey: "Breaking Bad" ended its run on a high (so to speak) and "True Detective" stirred up endless buzz as TV's new kid. But let's not overlook what's right in front of us and that is Hamm's work - richer and more complex than ever.

Tim Gray

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

MAYIM BIAI.IK (3)

'The Big Bang Theory"(CBS)

As Amy Farrah Fowler, Mayim Bialik delivered some of her best work last season on "The Big Bang Theory." Bialik endlessly brings a refreshing dynamic to the table as the devoted yet frustrated girlfriend to Jim Parson's Sheldon Cooper, with performances that highlight the heart and quick wit of her wellloved role. …

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