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Golden Globes: Best TV Actress Odds

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 11th 2009 7:00PM
TV is often considered a medium that's especially friendly to women, both in the audience and in front of the camera. (Certainly more so than the movies, which have been all but abandoned to teenage boys.)

This year, however, there didn't seem to be as many strong roles for women on TV's comedy and drama series. The Golden Globe TV races in the Best Actress categories are especially tight this year, and few newcomers will be jockeying with veterans for the five nominations in each category that will be announced on Dec. 15.

BEST DRAMA ACTRESSES

Front Runners: Last year's nominees, starting with winner Anna Paquin of 'True Blood' (pictured, above right), and including Sally Field ('Brothers & Sisters'), Mariska Hargitay ('Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'), January Jones ('Mad Men') and Kyra Sedgwick ('The Closer'), all have a good shot at a return to the podium.

Jones' costar Elisabeth Moss was snubbed last year, but her work was so strong this year that she could land in the top five as well. And strong reviews for 'The Good Wife''s Julianna Margulies make her a top pick as well.

Other strong contenders: 'Damages'' Glenn Close and 'The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' newcomer Jill Scott.

Dark Horses: FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' may be earning enough buzz to land a nod for Katey Sagal (pictured, left). Stana Katic has a slim chance at a nomination for 'Castle.' And let's hope the voters have long enough memories to recall the early 2009 work of the three wives of 'Big Love.'

Don't Forget: The Globes' aversion to sci- fi means several performers may go unjustly overlooked, including Evangeline Lilly ('Lost'), Elizabeth Mitchell ('V' and 'Lost'), Anna Torv ('Fringe') and the fightin' femmes of 'Battlestar Galactica.'


BEST COMEDY ACTRESSES
Front Runners: As in the drama category, you can expect last year's nominees to take pride of place. That would include Tina Fey ('30 Rock') who won last year (pictured, right), as well as America Ferrera ('Ugly Betty'), Christina Applegate ('Samantha Who?') and Mary-Louise Parker ('Weeds').

Several strong performers on freshman shows, however, also have a good chance at a nomination.That would be Amy Poehler ('Parks and Recreation'), Toni Collette ('The United States of Tara'), Edie Falco ('Nurse Jackie'), and Courteney Cox ('Cougar Town').

Dark Horses:
Lingering fondness for 'Desperate Housewives' could pull in a nomination for one or two of the Wisteria Lane ladies (most likely Felicity Huffman or Marcia Cross). Same with perennial comedy darling Julia Louis-Dreyfus ('The New Adventures of Old Christine').

Ensemble shows offer a challenge to voters, since it's hard to pick a standout performer, but the one most likely to emerge from new hit 'Modern Family' is frazzled mom Julie Bowen, while 'Glee' could generate nods for villainous coach Jane Lynch (pictured, left) or diva-in-training Lea Michele.

Don't Forget: Two undersung performances that deserve recognition, both of them in the roles of frumpy, struggling Midwesterners: Jane Adams in 'Hung' and Patricia Heaton in 'The Middle.'

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