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Follow the bouncing Emmy contenders: Katey Sagal moves up, Calista Flockhart drops down

June 2, 2010 | 12:13 pm
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Emmy voters will spy lots of curious things on the ballot when voting commences Friday.

"Glee" star Cory Monteith has entered the supporting race rather than lead for the freshman season of this Fox hit comedy.

Moving up to lead drama actress status from supporting and hoping for their first nominations: Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy").

Dropping down to supporting actress status from lead: Calista Flockhart ("Brothers and Sisters"), whose TV mom Sally Field landed lead bids for each of the first three seasons of the show, and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"), a contender last year.

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Emmy nominees confess nerves, fear ... the need for beer

September 9, 2008 |  9:01 am


Newsweek gathered together five Emmy nominees — Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"), John Slattery ("Mad Men"), and Rainn Wilson ("The Office") — for a lively discussion.

While it may have been called a roundtable, Griffiths, a four-time nominee, found a way to sit at the head of it, so to speak. She held forth on a variety of subjects, including the need to bring cash for the bar at the 2007 Emmy ceremony: "Last year I was trying to borrow $5 from a man I've never met. I promised I'd send it back to him, and it took so long to get the money to get the beer to calm the nerves. I look up and Sally Field's on the television and ... I go running and bang on the door, like, 'You have to let me back in. That's my mother up there!' They said, 'I'm sorry, Ma'am, we're in lockout.'"

Parker is the lone Emmy champ among the participants; she won for supporting actress in 2004  for the miniseries "Angels in America." Though a double nominee last year — as lead actress in both a comedy series ("Weeds") and mini or movie ("The Robber Bride") — she admits, "I didn't prepare a speech for either because I knew I was going to lose twice."(And indeed she did, to America Ferrara for "Ugly Betty" and Helen Mirren for the final "Prime Suspect," respectively.)

Wilson talks about losing his first bid in the supporting race last year: "I was really nervous. I didn't think I was going to be, and then I got in the seats, and then when the announcer is, like, 'Up next, after this commercial, the best-supporting-actor comedy award!' Then all of a sudden my heart was just pounding — I really thought my heart was going to explode and I was going to vomit blood. And then they read Jeremy Piven's name and I was, like, Whew."

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Veterans rule the Emmy nominations for best drama actress

July 17, 2008 |  3:16 pm

Before today, the five women competing for lead actress in a drama series had tallied up an impressive 28 Emmy nominations among them. All but Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") have won at least one Emmy and Sally Field ("Brothers & Sisters") and Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU") are both previous champs in this category.


Field's other two Emmys (out of seven noms) came for starring in the telefilm "Sybil" in 1977 and guesting on "ER" in 2001. Glenn Close ("Damages") won her only Emmy (out of 10 noms) for starring in the 1995 telefilm "Serving in Silence" while Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace") won two Emmys (out of 5 noms) for headlining the telefilms "Roe vs. Wade" (1989) and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleading-Murdering Mom" (1993).

1993 was a great year for Hunter as she won her only Oscar as well for her starring role in "The Piano" and picked up a second supporting nod for "The Firm." Hunter has two other Oscar noms (1987 lead -- "Broadcast News;" 2004 supporting –- "Thirteen") for a total of four. Field has only two Oscar nominations but she won both times for her leading roles in "Norma Rae" (1979) and "Places in the Heart" (1984). While Close lost all five of her Oscar bids, she is one of the rare performers to win lead Tony Awards for both plays ("The Real Thing," 1984, and "Death and the Maiden," 1992) and a musical ("Sunset Boulevard," 1995).

While Sedgwick has not won an Emmy yet (her two previous nods were for the first two seasons of "The Closer"), she did pick up her first Golden Globe (out of 5 noms) last year for the series. Close won that same award this year for "Damages" adding to the one (out of 6 noms) she won in 2005 for the telefilm "The Lion in Winter." Close has lost all three of her movie Globe races. Hunter won her only movie Globe (out of 3 noms) for "The Piano" and has lost all four of her TV Globe races. Field won her only movie Globes (out of 7 noms) for the same roles that won her those Oscars and she has lost both of her TV Globe bids. While Hargitay won her only Globe race in 2005 for "SVU," this year marks her fifth consecutive year as an Emmy nominee for the show.


VOTE: Who'll win Emmys as TV's best drama actor and actress?

July 15, 2008 | 12:43 pm

Remember, we don't want to know who you want to win, but who you predict will prevail! Show us what a brilliant kudos forecaster you are! That's a dare!

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Emmy pundits' predix smackdown: Tom vs. Ray

July 15, 2008 | 12:35 pm

Ray Richmond of the Hollywood Reporter and I don't really hate each other, though I'm sure it might look like that when we get into our frequent slugfests over award predix. In fact, I absolutely love beating up on Ray more than any other journalist — really, and that's saying something. Here we go at it over what will be nominated for Emmys this Thursday morning and, to prove what a noble gent I am, I let Ray have the first word (so that I — ha, ha, ha — could have the last . . . well, at least until nominations come out).

RAY: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Family Guy," "The Office," "Pushing Daisies," "30 Rock"
TOM: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Office," "Pushing Daisies," "30 Rock," "Two and a Half Men"

RAY: Yes, "Family Guy" makes the cut -- not necessarily because it deserves to, but because the TV Academy loses its marbles every once in a while. And this is that once. The only other question is whether "Pushing Daisies" gets pushed out by its ABC sister "Ugly Betty," but Betty has so dropped from the radar I'm thinking not. "Weeds"? Only if Woody Harrelson takes over the voting process from those bean counters in suits.


TOM: Obviously, Ray, you were partying with Woody when you made these Emmy predix if you really think that "Family Guy" will get in over "2.5 Men." The latter's been nominated every year that the TV academy has had these panels — that is, the last two years. The last (and ONLY) time a cartoon sneaked into this comedy lineup was "The Flintstones" MORE THAN 45 YEARS AGO — back before computers, cable TV and double Pinkberry scoops — when the Emmy counters were using real beans.

RAY & TOM: "Boston Legal," "Damages," "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Mad Men"

RAY: "Mad Men" and "Damages" are locks. "House" probably is too. I'm thinking "Grey's" gets in over "Lost." "Boston Legal" is in because it is written that David Kelley shall always be in the running in some fashion. "The Wire"? No matter how deserving, it's probably a miracle it made it even this far.

TOM: Uh-oh. Ray and I are in total agreement here. Why does that terrify me so?

RAY: Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), James Spader ("Boston Legal")
TOM: Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), James Spader ("Boston Legal")

RAY: Spader's a lock because he talks so slowly and intensely, it seems, but he ain't winning this time. Hamm's the one to beat seemingly. And the AMC momentum with "Mad Men" could — I pray — carry Cranston in. He is SO deserving. But he could get beaten out by Byrne, just because he's Gabriel Byrne. Hall deserves a nom for sure, and Laurie has deserved to win for three years running. He still does. But he won't. But if he doesn't get nominated, I say firebomb the ATAS headquarters and let's just start over.

TOM: Yeah, Hamm, Laurie and Spader are in. Ray (amazingly) is right about those, but he's wrong about Spader not winning again. Come on, Spader's NEVER LOST. He's gone three for three in this race and the reason he won repeatedly in the past was because writer/producer David E. Kelley kept penning him those grandstanding speeches he'd spew to juries at the end of each episode of "Boston Legal" that he submitted to Emmy judges. This year Spader submits his BIGGEST speech doozy ever — in which he chews out the whole U.S. Supreme Court. How can Hollywood lefties NOT vote THAT? READ MORE

As for Ray's deluded hope that Cranston will get in — well, I'd cheer that if it happened, but it won't. Cranston would have to rank in the top seven or so places in the popular vote and I think that's unlikely for a new, lowly rated, cable show about a guy toying with crystal meth and terminal cancer. Denis Leary's been nommed consistently for the past three years, surviving all wacky, radical changes in the voting process. I see no reason why he suddenly gets bumped now.

RAY & TOM: Glenn Close ("Damages"), Minnie Driver ("The Riches"), Sally Field ("Brothers & Sisters"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")

RAY: This is probably the easiest major category to handicap. It's difficult for me to see it being anyone other than Close, Driver, Field, Hunter and Sedgwick, though Arquette or Moss could pull an upset if enough of their relatives are permitted to vote (and Moss surely would deserve it). Field could also be victimized by backlash to last year's dead-on but controversial acceptance speech ("You gagged me, you really gagged me!"). Close will win, however. End of story.

TOM: Ray and I are in agreement again. Shoot me.

RAY: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies"), Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")
TOM: Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), David Duchovny ("Californication"), Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")

RAY: Baldwin was jobbed last year in favor of "Extras' Ricky Gervais, and everyone knows it. Probably won't happen again. He and Carell are slam dunks, as is Shalhoub. David only seems to generate greater affection for his misanthropic "Curn" role as the years pile up, so he's likely in too along with the charming Pace (who could be edged out by Emmy darling Garrett, but I don't think so).

TOM: Ray may have blundered upon a smart set of predix here and he may even out-score me because — what the heck — I feel like throwing some Emmy dice. Betting against Shalhoub to return may be foolish. He's been nommed for the last five years, winning three times (2003, 2005, 2006), but his episode entry this year is a bit weak ("Mr. Monk and the Naked Man"), which will bring down his typical judges' score. And I think his popular-vote score will be down, too, because he's old news. Sure, Duchovny's old Emmy news too — he used to be nommed routinely for "The X-Files," so we know that voters love him — and now his comeback in new series "Californication" is sexy.


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Seven Emmy geniuses predict Thursday's award nominations

July 14, 2008 |  3:24 pm

Somehow I've managed to coax six suckers brilliant kudos seers to join me in predicting the Emmy nominations that will be announced this Thursday morning: Michael Ausiello (, Matt Webb Mitovich (, Marc Berman (MediaWeek), Ray Richmond (Hollywood Reporter) and our two resident Emmy gurus — our forums moderators Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum. To see how we fared predicting the Emmy top 10 lists, CLICK HERE! Below: how we size up the races for best drama and comedy series. To see our predix for best lead actor and actress, CLICK HERE!




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Did a photo snafu cause Emmy to snub Calista Flockhart, Ellen Pompeo and Matthew Fox?

July 13, 2008 |  5:12 pm

Were some shocking omissions from the Emmy top 10 lists due to the lack of a photo next to their names on the official eligibility lists (SEE HERE) that voters used as a reminder of contenders when checking off ballots? One of the most notable snubbees tells Gold Derby, "Yes!" and blames the TV academy.

The lists appeared online and did not include pix of these stars who got snubbed: Calista Flockhart ("Brothers & Sisters"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Kelsey Grammer ("Back to You"), Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy") and Kate Walsh ("Private Practice"). flockhart, Fox and Pompeo made the Top 10 lists last year. Grammer and Walsh weren't eligible in this category.

Many other stars didn't have their photos posted when voting began, but scrambled to provide them and they were added later. The rep of one snubbed star claims the academy's request for a photo was not included on the entry form, but "buried" in supplemental material. The TV academy denies that. Whatever the case, there were lots of photos missing on the ballot and that might have affected the outcome.


On the first day of voting an academy member called me as he looked over the lists, which had lots and lots of missing pix at that early point. He harrumped in a very catty voice, "I don't see a photo of Matthew Fox! He lost my vote! Hey, what's up with Ellen Pompeo? Too lazy to bother, honey? Well, screw you — I'm voting for Jeanne Tripplehorn!" Clearly, that voter was putting on an exaggerated act for comic effect, but there was obvious truth to his tantrum. When looking over those loooooong lists, your eye obviously goes to ones with photos.

Although that didn't hurt some big-name contenders. None of these stars posted pix, but they made the top 10 runoffs: Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), James Spader ("Boston Legal"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), and Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives").

A rep for one of the snubbed stars cited above insists, "There was no mention of the requirement of a photo on the two-page entry form, although that form does mention the need for contenders to submit a DVD, episode info, payments, etc. — in other words, most other key details. The photo requirement is buried on page 40 of the 69-page rules book."

When I asked the TV academy for a response, a spokesman said: "In the instructions included with the entry form: 'Performer Awards (Unless otherwise specified below, DVDs and Headshots are due at the time of entry. Please refer to the rules and procedures for specific instructions.' When the producers proofs were sent out for final ballot adjustments, entrants without headshots were noted and requests were made for the photos.



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Good Emmy prospects for Candice Bergen, Rachel Griffiths, Rose Byrne and Chandra Wilson, but who'll be the fifth nominee?

July 13, 2008 |  7:38 am

Looks like our Emmy prophets agree on four of the five slots for supporting actress in a drama series: Candice Bergen ("Boston Legal"), Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers and Sisters"), Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy"). But one goes for Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy") in fifth slot, the other for Dianne Wiest ("In Treatment").

Below: Our forum moderators and special Emmy seers Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria.


Rob and Boomer mirror the actual voting process when making their predix. First, they calculate the order of the top 11 semifinalists as determined by the popular vote by the TV academy's actors' branch. Then they predict how the panel judges scored the sample episode entries. They combine these results on a 50-50 basis, just like the accountants do, to determine the final ranking of the nominees. Lowest numbers rank highest.

Here's how Rob thinks these rivals fared in the popular vote: 1) Rose Byrne. 2) Candice Bergen. 3) Chandra Wilson. 4) Sandra Oh. 5) Rachel Griffiths. 6) Dianne Wiest. 7) Christine Hendricks. 8) Jill Clayburgh. 9) S. Epatha Merkerson. 10) Sharon Gless. 11) Jane Alexander.

Here's how Boomer thinks these rivals fared in the popular vote: 1) Candice Bergen. 2) Chandra Wilson. 3) Rose Byrne. 4) Sandra Oh. 5) Rachel Griffiths. 6) Christina Hendricks. 7) Dianne Wiest. 8) Jill Clayburgh 9) S. Epatha Merkerson. 10) Jane Alexander. 11) Sharon Gless.

My opinion: Rob and Boomer rank Rose Byrne too high. Come on, she's a little-known actress in a TV show that aired last summer, for cryin' out loud. She's gonna pull higher than Sandra Oh and, according to Rob, Emmy queen Candy Bergen? Memo to Rob: Put down the pint of frothy ale, mate.

Here's how Rob thinks voters ranked episode samples after viewing: 1) Rose Byrne. 2) Chandra Wilson. 3) Candice Bergen. 4) Christina Hendricks. 5) Rachel Griffiths. 5) Sandra Oh. 6) Sharon Gless. 7) Dianne Wiest. 8) Jill Clayburgh. 9) Jane Alexander. 10) S. Epatha Merkerson.

Here's how Boomer thinks voters ranked episode samples after viewing: 1) Rose Byrne. 2) Rachel Griffiths. 3) Dianne Wiest. 4) Chandra Wilson. 5) Jane Alexander. 6) Jill Clayburgh. 7) Candice Bergen. 8) Sandra Oh. 9) Christina Hendricks. 10) Sharon Gless. 11) S. Epatha Merkerson.

My opinion: Yes, Byrne will rank high once voters see her "Damages" eppy. I think Boomer got a bit carried away with Griffiths and Rob with Hendricks.

Below: Predix that include the titles of sample episodes viewed by judges. I think Boomer's off in one forecast: He doesn't have Sandra Oh in his top five. Oh, Wilson and Griffiths were nominated last year and probably will be back. Last year Candy Bergen took her name out of competition, but when she does choose to compete, the five-time champ (and daughter of the academy's founding president) always makes it in. That means, if my analysis is correct, we have only one slot open, which must go to the star-blazing newcomer of the TV year — Rose Byrne, who, arguably, could've competed in the lead race but was smart enough not to take on Glenn Close off screen too. No doubt their on-screen clashes are weary enough.

(Top 5 = nominees)
1) Rose Byrne, "Damages" ("Because I Know Patty") -- 2 points
2) Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal" ("The Mighty Rogues") -- 5 points
2) Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy" ("Lay Your Hands on Me") -- 5 points
4) Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters" ("Domestic Issues") -- 10 points
4) Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy" ("The Becoming") -- 10 points
6) Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" ("Babylon") -- 11 points
7) Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment" ("Paul & Gina: Week ??") -- 14 points
8) Jill Clayburgh, "Dirty Sexy Money" ("The Watch") -- 17 points
8) Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice" ("Identity") -- 17 points
10) S. Epatha Merkerson, "Law & Order" ("Bottomless") -- 20 points
11) Jane Alexander, "Tell Me You Love Me" ("Episode 10") -- 21 points

(Top 5 = nominees)
1) Rose Byrne, "Damages" ("Because I Know Patty") -- 4 points
2) Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy" ("Lay Your Hands on Me") -- 6 points
3) Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters" ("Domestic Issues") -- 7 points
4) Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal" ("The Mighty Rogues") -- 8 points
5) Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment" ("Paul & Gina: Week ??") -- 10 points
6) Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy" ("The Becoming") -- 12 points
7) Jill Clayburgh, "Dirty Sexy Money" ("The Watch") -- 14 points
8) Jane Alexander, "Tell Me You Love Me" ("Episode 10") -- 15 points
8) Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men" ("Babylon") -- 15 points
10) S. Epatha Merkerson, "Law & Order" ("Bottomless") -- 20 points
11) Sharon Gless, "Burn Notice" ("Identity") -- 21 points

Rob's commentary: I'm confident about my top four predix. Oh is the best bet for the fifth spot, but Hendricks will probably score a strong panel vote (great performance) and Weist score a strong popular vote (name recognition), thus putting those two in contention. Bergen is a sure thing, and I think that, given the obvious love for "Damages," Byrne is safe as well.

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Drama divas in Emmy smackdown: Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Mary McDonnell

July 10, 2008 |  9:03 pm

To predict who'll be nominated on July 17 for best lead drama actress, we must first review how Emmy voting works. Accountants combine how contenders performed during a popular vote of the academy's actors (which determined the Top 10 lists) with the scores that judges gave to their sample episode submissions.

Based upon their A-list rank and the strength of the performances they gave in their sample episodes, Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Glenn Close ("Damages") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer") will be nominated. However, Hunter and Close may have trouble winning because their characters can be unsympathetic.


It's easy to predict that Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") will not make the Emmy cut. Being an unknown in a new TV series portraying a role that probably belongs in the supporting category, not lead, suggests that she probably landed in the bottom half of the popular vote. That means she needs a strong episode entry to compensate and she didn't submit it.

But the fates of the other six gals in this category is befuddling. Jeanne Tripplehorn ("Big Love") and Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica") probably scored low in the popular vote, but their episode entries are fantastic. Will their latter scores be sufficient to pull them up into one of those two remaining open slots, assuming that Hunter, Close and Sedgwick get in?

Just as they handicapped the race for lead actors in a drama series, our forum moderators and special Emmy seers now track the fillies: Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( — read Hollywood Reporter's profile of Rob HERE).

Rob and Boomer mirror the actual voting process to rank these women. First, they calculate the order of the top 10 semifinalists as determined by the popular vote by the TV academy's actors' branch. Then they predict how the panel judges scored the sample episode entries. They combine these two results on a 50-50 basis, just like the accountants do, to determine the final ranking of the nominees.

For example, both Boomer and Rob thought Glenn came in first with both the popular vote and the judges so her total score is two. Remember, just like in golf, the lower the score the better the result.

How Rob ranks the popular vote outcome — 1.) Glenn Close 2.) Kyra Sedgwick 3.) Sally Field 4.) Holly Hunter 5.) Minnie Driver 6.) Mariska Hargitay 7.) Patricia Arquette 8.) Jeanne Tripplehorn 9.) Elisabeth Moss 10.) Mary McDonnell

Here's how Boomer thinks the pop vote went down — 1.) Glenn Close 2.) Kyra Sedgwick 3.) Sally Field 4.) Holly Hunter 5.) Mariska Hargitay 6.) Minnie Driver 7.) Patricia Arquette 8.) Elisabeth Moss 9.) Jeanne Tripplehorn 10.) Mary McDonnell

My opinion: I think Rob and Boomer rank Kyra Sedgwick too high.

How Rob thinks the judges ranked episode entries — 1.) Glenn Close 2.) Jeanne Tripplehorn 3.) Mary McDonnell 4.) Kyra Sedgwick 5.) Holly Hunter 6.) Sally Field 7.) Minnie Driver 8.) Mariska Hargitay 9.) Patricia Arquette 10.) Elisabeth Moss

Here's how Boomer ranks the judges' views of the episodes — 1.) Glenn Close 2.) Kyra Sedgwick 3.) Mary McDonnell 4.) Sally Field 5.) Mariska Hargitay 6.) Jeanne Tripplehorn 7.) Elisabeth Moss 8.) Holly Hunter 9.) Patricia Arquette 10.) Minnie Driver

My opinion: Both of our gurus rank Sally Field's episode way too high. Compared to last year, Field hands in a rather lightweight turn now. Certainly, Hargitay's perf is superior and maybe Driver's too. Boomer's wrong and Rob's right about Tripplehorn's eppy — it gets a high rank.

For specific info and excellent analysis of the sample TV episodes, I recommend that you CLICK HERE to read what our post RyanB wrote in our forums. (Well done, Ryan!)

(Top five = nominees)
1.) Glenn Close, "Damages" ("Pilot") — 2 points
2.) Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" ("Manhunt") — 6 points
3.) Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters" ("History Repeating") — 9 points
3.) Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace" ("Tacos, Tulips, Duck & Spices") — 9 points
5.) Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love" ("Take Me As I Am") — 10 points
6. Minnie Driver, "The Riches" ("Dead Calm") — 12 points
7.) Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica" ("Faith") — 13 points
8.) Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" ("Undercover") — 14 points
9.) Patricia Arquette, "Medium" ("Aftertaste") — 16 points
9.) Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" ("The Hobo Code") — 16 points


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Five Oscar fillies (humbly) leap into the Emmy derby: Holly Hunter, Glenn Close, Sally Field, Mary McDonnell and Minnie Driver

July 10, 2008 |  9:01 pm

Goodbye, silver screen. Hello, boob tube. The fact that lots of film stars suddenly think it's smart to develop a TV career is dramatically evidenced in the Emmy race for best drama actress. Half of the top 10 vote-getters Emmy are past Oscar nominees, if not winners.

Leading the pack is five-time Academy Award also-ran Glenn Close, who is devilishly good as a barracuda of a barrister on the new series "Damages." Three years ago, Close was a nominee in this category for her one-season stint on "The Shield." Although she lost that race to Patricia Arquette, Close has one Emmy to show Sally_field_oscar_emmyfor her six nods as lead actress in a miniseries or movie (for 1995's "Serving in Silence"). And now Close, who picked up a Golden Globe in January, is apparently far ahead of Arquette, whose show is flagging even with the addition of Oscar winner Angelica Huston.

While Glenn Close lost all five of her Oscar races, Sally Field won both of her best actress bids ("Norma Rae," 1979, and "Places in the Heart," 1984). Following her start in silly 1960s sitcoms ("Gidget," "The Flying Nun"), Field gained the respect of her TV brethren with an Emmy-winning performance in "Sybil" in 1976. When her movie career stalled in the mid-1990s, Field came back to television, starring in, and exec-producing, the miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means" in 1995.

Although Glenn Close beat her for the Emmy that year, Field would win her second one in 2001 for her guest turn as the bipolar mother of Maura Tierney on "ER." When her first drama series, "The Court," was canceled after only three episodes in 2002, Field felt done with TV and turned her attention to the stage. That is, until the summer of 2006 when the producers of "Brothers & Sisters" came calling, asking her to replace Tony Award winner Betty Buckley as the matriarch of this dysfunctional family. As Nora Walker, Field ruled the roost and feathered her nest with her third Emmy last year, delivering yet another (ahem) memorable acceptance speech, which got bleeped from the U.S. telecast, of course.

Both of those 61-year-old gals clash with 50-year-old Oscar champ Holly Hunter ("The Piano"), who was so kudos-hot in 1993 that she scored an additional bid for supporting actress ("The Firm"). In 2003, she was back in the supporting racetrack for "Thirteen." None of those was her best career performance, though — that was in "Broadcast News" (best actress nomination, 1987), which earned her best-actress laurels from the New York and L.A. film critics in addition to the National Board of Review, all of which rewarded her role in "The Piano" as well. Hunter has scored six Golden Globe noms, including in the TV race last January for "Saving Grace." She won two Emmys in TV movie category: "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) and "Roe vs. Wade" (1989).


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Here's the Emmy list of top 10 guest drama actors

July 2, 2008 |  8:55 pm

Keith Carradine, "Dexter" ("Morning Comes")
Charles Durning, "Rescue Me" ("Yaz")
Danny Glover, "Brothers and Sisters" ("The Feast of Epiphany")
Robert Morse, "Mad Men" ("Nixon vs. Kennedy")
Peter O'Toole, "The Tudors" ("Episode 208")
Oliver Platt, "Nip-Tuck" ("Carly Summers")
Peter Riegert, "Damages" ("Do You Regret What We Did?")
Stanley Tucci, "E.R." ("The War Comes Home")
Glynn Turman, "In Treatment" ("Alex: Week 8")
Robin Williams, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit ("Authority")

NOTABLE SNUBS: Peter Facinelli ("Damages"), Aidan Quinn ("Law & Order: SVU"), Heath Freeman ("The Closer") and Edward Herrmann and Jason O'Mara ("Grey's Anatomy"). Curiously, Isaiah Washington took himself out of the Emmy running last year for "Grey's Anatomy" after the T.R. Knight flapdoodle, but he was a contender in this lineup for the "Trust Issues" episode of "Bionic Woman."

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.



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