Christina Applegate by Randy Holmes/ABC, Kyle Chandler by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo, Jim Parsons by Robert Voets/CBS Christina Applegate by Randy Holmes/ABC, Kyle Chandler by Virginia Sherwood/NBC Photo, Jim Parsons by Robert Voets/CBS

On Thursday morning at some ungodly hour, nominations will be announced for the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 21 on ABC. My own picks, detailed here at the L.A. Times' GoldDerby.com, look a little something like this:

Drama Series: Damages, Friday Night Lights, Grey's, Lost and Mad Men
Why Grey's?: Because my wife likes it, and finding shows we both love is so rare.

Comedy Series: The Office, Pushing Daisies, 30 Rock, Two and a Half Men, Weeds
Why Men?: Crass, sure. Uncouth, you bet. Funny? Yes.

Lead actor, Drama: Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie
Why Cranston?: Dude deserves an award if only for starring in a promo campaign that featured him standing in dirty underwear.

Lead actress, Drama: Patricia Arquette, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss and Kyra Sedgwick
Why Moss?: Playing a cool psychic, ruthless lawyer or tough cop is glam. But a frumpy, geeky steno gal?

Lead actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, David Duchovny, Tony Shalhoub and Jim Parsons
Why Parsons?: His Big Bang nerd repeatedly reminds us why Kaley Cuoco's hottie would want nothing to do with these notties.

Lead actress, Comedy: Christina Applegate, Marcia Cross, Anna Friel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker
Why Louis-Dreyfus and Parker?: I have a thing for hyphenated names.

I, of course, am extremely fallible and, even more so, am subject to blatant prejudices and bias. So this is your chance to share your final, pre-noms take on who will land on the short list. Tell me where I have erred. - Matt Mitovich