'Modern Family's' Emmy dilemma: Who to vote for?

modern-family-emmys.jpgVoting for the 2010 Emmys finished on Monday (June 21), and we'll know the results when the nominations are announced in a couple of weeks. Among the races we'll be most interested to see are those for supporting actor and actress in a comedy series -- mostly because of what the cast of "Modern Family" did with its submissions.

No member of the ABC show's cast submitted him- or herself in the lead actor categories. Instead, they're all in the supporting races, showing admirable team spirit but also giving voters a huge dilemma: Which actor or actress gets the vote?

The race among the women is easier to sort out. Sarah Hyland, who plays Phil ( Ty Burrell) and Claire ( Julie Bowen) Dunphy's elder daughter Haley, didn't submit her name, and while Ariel Winter is very good as sarcastic middle child Alex, but kids tend to be overlooked in the series categories.

That brings it down to Bowen and Sofia Vergara as trophy wife Gloria. Bowen has the more fully fleshed-out character in harried control freak Claire, but Vergara has shown remarkable comic timing as Gloria. Based on the range of things she gets to play (and better name recognition), we'd give the slight edge to Bowen.

Things get really complicated with the "Modern Family" men. Five guys from the show -- Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez and Eric Stonestreet -- are competing in the supporting actor category, which makes for a very real possibility that they'll split votes dilute each other's chances. O'Neill is the best-known, Burrell is on a lot of favorites' lists and Stonestreet was a breakout star. But we can't really sit here and argue that any of them were miles better than Ferguson, whose slow burn is a joy to watch, or Rodriguez, the wisest 11-year-old on television.

Our fear is that with so many names in the same category, votes will be spread too thin for anyone to get a nomination. Both supporting categories are pretty deep, and it would be a shame to see "Modern Family's" cast slighted just because they think of themselves as an ensemble. 

Viewers and members of the media don't get Emmy ballots, but that doesn't mean we can't vote. In the polls below and in the comments, tell us which "Modern Family" cast member you think is most deserving of Emmy recognition.



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