THE DIVINE MISS T: For our Emmy predictions this year, we turn to our favorite seer, wifty, wacky Madame Trelawney, the divination teacher in the Harry Potter world, who is known for having made two correct predictions in her life.
She's as good a go-to person as anyone to try to figure out whom those often wifty, wacky members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor tonight. Here are the responses she gave us _ and their translations _ when we asked her to predict the major award winners.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: "The one who has seen the sun set on the golden age of his life and sees bleak years of obscurity ahead will rally his colleagues for a final affirmation of his ability to do one thing well."
TRANSLATION: Kelsey Grammer for the final season of Frasier.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: "A great injustice will be perpetrated on the more deserving when the winged one will land once again in the hands of the pretender to the godfather's throne."
TRANSLATION: James Gandolfini, The Sopranos.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: "Look to the goddess of all that is mysterious and wonderful about women and fashion to emerge triumphant at last."
TRANSLATION: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: "The spirits that have guided the messenger all year will not fail her now."
TRANSLATION: Amber Tamblyn, the teen visited by God each week in Joan of Arcadia.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: "The eyes that have been watching while most others have not will bring light to the one that has toiled in so many prisons."
TRANSLATION: Jeffrey Tambor, the imprisoned family patriarch in Arrested Development.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: "He who compels you to watch him, yearn for him and mourn him and wish him back cannot be resisted."
TRANSLATION: Steve Buscemi for his one-season stint on The Sopranos.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: "Infighting among the truly deserving will lead to a triumph by their lesser."
TRANSLATION: Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond, after the three other Sex and the City women divide the vote.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: "The fates swear that she has risen to a rare place in the hills of gold."
TRANSLATION: Robin Weigert for her hard-drinking, hard-talking, yet soft-hearted Calamity Jane in Deadwood.
LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: "Angels I have heard on high . . ."
TRANSLATION: Al Pacino, Angels in America.
LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: "Sweetly singing over the planes . . . but I find the words hard to decipher. . . ."
TRANSLATION: Either Emma Thompson or Meryl Streep for Angels in America. But we think Madame Trelawney's ears are sentimentally clogged because Thompson portrayed her in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We'd go with Streep.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: "And the mountains in reply. . . ."
TRANSLATION: Jeffrey Wright, Angels in America.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: "Echoing their joyous strains. . . ."
TRANSLATION: Mary-Louise Parker, Angels in America.
BEST COMEDY SERIES: "Restlessness fills the heavens for so long, but finally a big picture emerges."
TRANSLATION: Sex and the City (with a nod to its Mr. Big).
BEST DRAMA SERIES: "The much-favored son remains so."
TRANSLATION: The Sopranos.
BEST MINISERIES: "Glooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrriaaaaaaaaa! In excelsis deo!"
TRANSLATION: Angels in America.
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