There may be more talent crammed into the lead- and supporting-actress Emmy categories than in any other races. How do you choose between Connie Britton and Glenn Close, for example? Or between Archie Panjabi and Sharon Gless? Here’s how I do it; I think I know who’s going to win. Oh, sure, every prognosticator says that, and really, your sure-bet is as good as mine. Let’s compare notes, shall we?
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
My prediction: Julianna Margulies. Emmy voters will be so pleased that this well-liked ER veteran has found a fine new vehicle for her talent, and on a big, glossy, solid-rated, mainstream-network show, that her win will be irresistible.
Possible upsets: Connie Britton (I-hope-I-hope-I-hope!) or January Jones (never underestimate the Emmy-magnet that is Mad Men).
Shoulda been a contender: Katey Sagal’s brave Sons of Anarchy work, in a more sane universe, wouldn’t just be nominated, but would have assured her of a win.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
My prediction: Christina Hendricks. Last season’s Mad Men gave Hendricks opportunities to flesh out her character well beyond Joan’s steely competence. Add the fact that within the industry, voters are as likely to succumb to the past year’s barrage of magazine covers and feature pieces about Hendricks, and you’d have to say she’s reached the point of both being inevitable and deserving the trophy.
Possible upset: Christine Baranski. If there’s a Good Wife sweep, Baranski could be one of the well-known talents to benefit from it. That said, if I had a vote, I’d cast it for Panjabi.
Shoulda been contenders: Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn; Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter; Southland‘s Regina King
Do you agree with my picks?