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'Mad Men' Dashing for More Emmys

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 1st 2010 9:15AM
The 'Mad Men' may still be the power players in their '60s TV land universe, but it's the Mad (Wo)Men who are plotting to take home more Emmys this fall.

Last year, Jon Hamm, a.k.a. Don Draper, was the show's Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, with John Slattery winning an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Roger Sterling. But among the show's scene-stealing female cast, only Elisabeth Moss earned an Emmy nod, an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her role as Peggy Olsen.

This year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Moss will submit her name in the supporting actress category, paving the way for a potential lead actress nomination for January Jones and her work as desperate housewife (and soon-to-be-ex) Mrs. Don Draper.The 'Mad Men' may still be the power players in their '60s TV land universe, but it's the Mad (Wo)Men who are plotting to take home more Emmys this fall.

Last year, Jon Hamm, a.k.a. Don Draper, was the show's Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, with John Slattery winning an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Roger Sterling. But among the show's scene-stealing female cast, only Elisabeth Moss earned an Emmy nod, an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her role as Peggy Olsen.

This year, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Moss will submit her name in the supporting actress category, paving the way for a potential lead actress nomination for January Jones and her work as desperate housewife (and soon-to-be-ex) Mrs. Don Draper.

Jones received no Emmy love for the show's first two seasons, but, says THR, the thinking is that her season 3 performance -- which included Betty calling duplicitous hubby Don on his faux identity and sundry other misdeeds and telling him she wants a divorce -- is strong enough to net a nod. And with Moss competing for a spot in a different category, there's less chance the Emmy voters will limit 'Mad Men's' female stars to one acting nomination.

Moss, meanwhile, would seem to be a shoo-in for at least a nomination for supporting actress, as her Peggy spent season 3 continuing her ambitious climb up the male-dominated corporate ladder, while also getting her groove back in her randy personal life.

And no one should count out 'Men''s other standout female star, Christina Hendricks, as the fabulous Joan Holloway. Even with fewer appearances last season, Hendricks proved herself Emmy-worthy, and as a member of the Sterling Cooper team that's launching a new ad agency, she should continue her own scene-stealing ways when the show returns for its fourth season this summer. Besides, like Jones, she's a Barbie!

As for the 'Mad Men' stars' outside competition, Jones will face fellow lead actresses like Glenn Close ('Damages'), Mariska Hargitay ('Law & Order: Special Victims Unit') and, if there's any justice in Emmy land, 'Sons of Anarchy's' Katey Sagal, for a nomination, while Moss and Hendricks are competing in a talent-rich supporting actress field that includes Golden Globe winner Chloe Sevigny (though her 'Big Love' finished its weakest season ever, storyline-wise, as she admitted), Sandra Oh ('Grey's Anatomy') and last year's winner, Cherry Jones, as '24's' first female POTUS.

The 'Mad Men' crew has already experienced a very successful Emmy run in its first two seasons, becoming the first basic cable series to win the Outstanding Drama Series statue, in 2008 (and repeating the win in 2009), while also nabbing Emmys for writing, art direction, cinematography, hairstyling and, of course, the iconic main title design.

Nominations for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys will be announced on July 8, while the Emmy telecast will air Aug. 29 on NBC.

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