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Emmy pundits agree: 'Mad Men' star Elisabeth Moss is front-runner to win

May 7, 2010 |  6:56 pm

Our Emmy gurus Robert "Rob L" Licuria (Awards Heaven) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum mostly agree when handicapping the race for best supporting actress in a drama series. Also see their predictions for these races: lead drama actor, best drama actress, best supporting drama actor,  best drama series, best comedy series, best lead comedy actor, supporting comedy actor.

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1. Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men")
2. Rose Byrne ("Damages")
3. Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love")
4. Khandi Alexander ("Treme")
5. Christine Baranski ("The Good Wife")
6. Cherry Jones ("24")

Alternates -- Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy"), Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: This category is WIDE OPEN for new nominees with the loss of both "In Treatment" ladies. One of the wisest decisions I have ever heard was the one made by Elisabeth Moss to move from lead to supporting. Not only will she be nominated, but she is now the favorite to win.

Rose Byrne should also be back from last year's nominees since she is almost a co-lead on her show and stands her ground with Glenn Close. Chloe Sevigny is coming off a recent Golden Globe win and probably gets her first nomination for "Big Love." Khandi Alexander is getting some of the best reviews of her career, so here's hoping she receives the first of many awards over the next few months and years.

Christine Baranski has earned several Emmy nominations due to her over-the-top acting style, so I think she will pick up another this year. Last year's winner Cherry Jones might be snubbed based on lack of material most of this season, but she might just sneak into the category once again.

1. Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men")
2. Rose Byrne ("Damages")
3. Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love")
4. Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men")
5. Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy")
6. Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy")

Alternates: Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy"), Khandi Alexander ("Treme")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: Moss has smartly moved to supporting this year, which almost seals the deal as far as a nomination is concerned. Byrne should return as well, and will fight it out with Moss for the crown, I think.

Sevigny should have been nominated last year, and coming off of a Golden Globe win, this is her best chance to make it in this category this time around. I hold out hope for Ginnifer Goodwin ("Big Love") to also sneak in, but at this stage, I think Christina Hendricks will (finally) make the short list along with perennial nominees Oh and Wilson. However, with "Grey's Anatomy" falling off the radar somewhat, anything could happen here, with such contenders like Melissa Leo and Khandi Alexander ("Treme") and my personal hope Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") in with a shot. Wouldn't it be great to see Al and Peggy Bundy make the Emmy short list after al these years?

Photo: Elisabeth Moss in "Mad Men" (AMC)

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