Emmys 2011 Preview: 10 Reasons to Watch the Awards

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch, host of the 2011 Emmys
We're all set to watch the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards this Sunday night (8 pm ET, FOX), are you? There's lots to look forward to on the show -- from celebrity sitings, gorgeous red carpet style, and the brilliant host pick (yeah you, almighty Jane Lynch) to the LONG list of hottie celebrity presenters, a surefire shocker win (and lose) here and there, and some seriously competitive, nail-biting rivalries in the best of television this year.

Here's a 10-part preview of what's to come and what not to miss on the Emmys, as they happen live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Check it out!


1. The Amazing Jane Lynch! This year's Emmy host is none other than the hilariously funny Jane Lynch, our favorite Sue Sylvester from Glee. Can't wait for the laughs! Plus, she's nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Go, Jane!

2. Gleek Love! We already told you Jane Lynch is nominated for her Glee role, but so is Chris Colfer (Kurt) for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series! Well, Lea Michele (Rachel) will also be presenting PLUS Glee itself is nominated for Best Comedy this year. I'm pretty sure that means we can expect to see the whole cast of the show on the red carpet and perhaps even up on stage if they can beat out Modern Family. There are even rumors the Glee cast might be joining Jane Lynch on stage for a number! Are we being too hopeful to wish for a song and dance?

3. Bring on the Celeb Hottie Presenters! Hello and hubba hubba, Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men), Zooey Deschanel (The New Girl), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Minka Kelly (Charlie's Angels), Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Will Arnett (Up All Night), Lea Michele (Glee), Katie Holmes (husband pulled some strings ... again), Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore, and Maria Bello (Prime Suspect). Can't wait to see these hottie presenters, to name just a few, all dressed up for Emmy award presentations.

4. We Heart Christina Hendricks! Hendricks is nominated for best Supporting Actress in Mad Men for the second consecutive year. Love her and even if she doesn't win, I always love to see her dresses.

5. Swoon, Kyle Chandler! The pretty-eyed Friday Night Lights star was nominated for best Actor in a Drama Series. Need I say more? Miss you, Coach ...

6. Mariska Hargitay for the win! Julianna Margulies, for her character in The Good Wife, is bound to give Mariska Hargitay a run for her money for the best Actress in a Drama Emmy. Will this be the year, after eight consecutive losses, that Hargitay will finally take home the Emmy for her role as Detective Benson Law & Order: SVU? Love Margulies, too, but really hope Hargitay takes it! Finally!

Edited: I stand corrected. Hargitay has been nominated seven times (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011), and she did win the Emmy in 2006 for this role. Gosh, I feel so much better now.

7. We Love Celebrity Moms! Just cause we're home in our comfies and shoving our kids into bed as fast as we can so we can watch the Emmys doesn't mean we can't also live vicariously through our favorite strong, beautiful moms looking their best on the red carpet: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Jane Lynch (Glee), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) are all Emmy-nominated moms!

8. Yes, Drama & Suspense! For the Lead Actor in a Drama Series, we have Kyle Chandler (FNL) who has been nominated for this role once before, Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) who have both been nominated for their roles four times, as well as Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) who has been nominated for his role five frickin' times! Also thrown into this suspenseful mix of incredibly talented nominees is Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) and newbie Timothy Olyphant (Justified). I can't take it!

9. Movie Star Nominees in the House! Sure, the Emmy Awards are for TV shows, but the ceremony also brings in some movie star quality. Movie actors Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Diane Lane (Cinema Verite), Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood Marshall), Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce), and Taraji P. Henson (Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story), among many other great movie talents, are all up for their parts in a TV Miniseries or Movie this year. We hope to see them all there!

10. A GREEN Red Carpet? That's right. Fox recently announced this year's Emmys' environmentally friendly status in a news release. Along with solar panels and low-energy lighting, they're using a recycled red carpet. Awesome!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing on the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards?


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