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Looks like Mary McDonnell of 'Battlestar Galactica' and Elisabeth Moss of 'Mad Men' are on the Emmy top 10 list

July 1, 2008 |  9:52 pm

A poster in the message boards at Mary McDonnell's fan site claims to have seen the top 10 Emmy list of contenders for best drama actress ("My grandmother is voting for that category.") and insists that "Battlestar Galactica" star made the cut. I have a Mary_mcdonnell_battlestar_galactica hunch that this is accurate info because this poster lists Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men" as one of the other nine gals. I happen to know some of the finalists in this race and I can confirm that Moss is among them. Ditto a few others, but since Moss is such a longshot call (most Emmy-watchers don't know she opted for the lead race over supporting), the odds that someone would include her on such a list is remote. (BTW, thanks go to our poster PaulHan for pointing out this item at McDonnell's site!)

Listed below with each entry is the title of the episode being evaluated by judges, who are viewing these DVDs at home and must return ballots by July 10. Nominations will be announced July 17.

Patricia Arquette, "Medium" ( "Aftertaste")
Glenn Close, "Damages" ("Pilot")
Minnie Driver, "The Riches" ("Dead Calm")
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters" ("History Repeating")
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" ("Undercover")
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace" ("Tacos, Tulips, Duck and Spices")
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" ("The Hobo Code")
Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica" ("Faith")
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" ("Manhunt")
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love" ("Take Me As I Am")

Most notable snubs are the actresses who were on the top 10 list of semifinalists last year but are missing now: Calista Flockhart ("Brothers and Sisters") and Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy"). We're pretty sure that Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") was on that rundown last year too, but never got it confirmed. (The TV academy does not reveal any of these actors' lists officially, but Gold Derby snoops via trusty sources.) Now Lilly is truly lost.

Also missing in Emmy action: Kate Walsh ("Private Practice") and those "Big Love" gals Ginnifer Goodwin and Chloe Sevigny.