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Inside track on Emmys: Drama actresses

June 18, 2010 |  1:37 pm
Glenn close damages Julianna Margulies the good wife

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
(Front-runners)
Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters"
Lauren Graham, "Parenthood"
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU"
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
January Jones, "Mad Men"
Melissa Leo, "Treme"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love"

SPOTLIGHT: "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies is a good bet to reign. Not only did she win a Golden Globe and a SAG Award earlier this year, but she was an Emmy fave during her heyday as nurse Carol Hathaway on "ER." Margulies was nominated six times (four in lead, twice in supporting), winning the supporting trophy in 1995.

(Possible)
Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Regina King, "Southland"
Evangeline Lilly, "Lost"
Mary McCormack, "In Plain Sight"
Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy"
Jada Pinkett Smith, "Hawthorne"
Kate Walsh, "Private Practice"

(Long shots)
Kim Delaney, "Army Wives"
Emily Deschanel, "Bones"
Marg Helgenberger, "CSI"
Anna Torv, "Fringe"

BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
(Front-runners)
Khandi Alexander, "Treme"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Calista Flockhart, "Brothers & Sisters"
Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice"
Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
S. Epatha Merkerson, "Law & Order"
Chloe Sevigny, "Big Love"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

SPOTLIGHT: When actors switch Emmy categories while performing one role, they usually move up from supporting to lead — as Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") just did and Allison Janey ("The West Wing") did famously in years past, winning in both. Last year, Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") was nominated in lead, but now she's dropped down to supporting, apparently to create room for costar January Jones, who was nommed in lead twice at the Golden Globes but hasn't yet broken into the Emmy contest. That's classy.

(Possible)
Bonnie Bedelia, "Parenthood"
Jennifer Carpenter, "Dexter"
Lisa Edelstein, "House"
Ginnifer Goodwin, "Big Love"
Katherine Heigl, "Grey's Anatomy"
Yunjin Kim, "Lost"
Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife"
Monica Potter, "Parenthood"
Amanda Seyfried, "Big Love"

(Long shots)
Morena Baccarin, "V"
Julie Benz, "Dexter"
Erika Christensen, "Parenthood"
Emilie de Ravin, "Lost"
Michelle Forbes, "True Blood"
Mary Lynn Rajskub, "24"
Rutina Wesley, "True Blood"
Mae Whitman, "Parenthood"

Photo: Glenn Close in "Damages" (FX), Julianne Margulies in "The Good Wife" (CBS)

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Ms. Wesley routinely gives a sullen, petulant performance on "True Blood." I don't know if it's the lines the writers give her to deliver or her acting, but she's really annoying.

In a perfect world the nominees would look like this:

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close, Damages
Lauren Graham, Parenthood
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Katey Segal, Sons of Anarchy
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Bonnie Bedelia, Parenthood
Michelle Forbes, True Blood
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Yunjin Kim, Lost
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Chloe Sevigny, Big Love

Ah, I wish True Blood's Rutina Wesley could get a bit more credit. The woman is an amazing talent and deserves to be recognized!


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