3 Potential Upsets to Watch for at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

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3 Potential Upsets to Watch for at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Actress/writer/director Lena Dunham may just be a two-time upset winner at the Emmys this weekend.

Television's biggest night is rapidly moving toward us. On Sunday, September 23 the 2012 Primetime Emmy awards will take place, hosted by late night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The stars of all the big, hit shows will be out in their finest dresses and tuxedos, hoping to take home one of the coveted statues for their work this past season.

Each year there are always a couple surprises in terms of who wins and who doesn't. This year, the chances for an upset in one of the categories seems to be a little higher, with there being so many great shows that made their mark in the last year. Here are three of the biggest upset contenders at this year's Emmys.

Lena Dunham, "Girls" - Lena's not just an actress on her hit HBO series, she's also the writer and director of all the episodes. Her portrayal of Hannah Horvath, a lost twenty-something in New York trying to live out her dreams of being a writer was a breath of fresh air. Every episode seemed to get better, and Lena's performances were always honest and natural. She's got a great future, and though this is her first time being nominated, she may just surprise the rest of the veterans and take home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Louis C.K. - If Louis wins the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series it may not be that much an upset. His show, "Louie," is one of the best comedies on TV now, and C.K. has been become a household name in the last eighteen months after his independently-produced comedy special was a massive hit, and in the wake of his show's meteoric rise to critical success. Like Dunham, Louis wears the writer and director hats on his show as well. The third season of "Louie" wraps up this Thursday, just a couple of days before the Emmys, but will Louis get lucky?

"Girls" - The Outstanding Comedy Series category has two nominees that would probably be everyone's odds-on favorites, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family." Both shows are well-loved by both audiences and critics, and both shows have had Emmy success in the past, whether as a series, or individual actors taking home statues. This year though, "Girls" is also nominated, and the show that broke so much new ground for young, female writers, directors and actors may just pull off the upset. Driven by Dunham's scripts and performances, "Girls" is the kind of show that could swoop in and knock out the favorites, especially if they split the votes. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that it's on HBO, the network that seems to win Emmy awards without even trying sometimes.

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