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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 20th 2010 5:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Let's start with an interesting mix of the safe and the new: the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Christine Baranski, 'The Good Wife'
Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Sharon Gless, 'Burn Notice'
Christina Hendricks, 'Mad Men'
Elisabeth Moss, 'Mad Men'
Archie Panjabi, 'The Good Wife'

Who will win:
The Academy just loves, loves, loves Christine Baranski. Sure, she only won once, for 'Cybil' in 1995, but she's been nominated six times since then, including twice this year (she got a guest actress nod for playing Leonard's mom on 'The Big Bang Theory'). And now that she's nominated in the drama category for the first time, they'll jump at the chance to give her the statuette. Even though she did a good job as ice queen law firm honcho Diane Lockhart in 'The Good Wife,' the Academy will likely just give her the award because she's an old friend.

Who should win
: I may have a bit of a 'Mad Men' bias, but of all the characters on that show, Elisabeth Moss' character of Peggy Olson has had to go through the biggest transformation since the beginning of the series. And the third season episode she submitted, 'Love Among the Ruins,' shows that transformation. The fact that Moss is in the supporting category rather than lead, where she was last year, reflects more on the direction of the show last year -- which veered more towards Don's secret life and his family than in the past -- than on her performances. When Moss was on screen, she had a riveting presence.

Dark Horse: Panjabi has gotten a lot of buzz for her small but memorable role of private investigator Kalinda Sharma on 'The Good Wife' this past season. But the Academy isn't keen to give first-year shows the nod, even in the supporting categories. And with the presence of Baranski, fellow vet Sharon Gless, two 'Mad Men' standouts, and the always-reliable Rose Byrne, it doesn't seem like Panjabi has much of a chance.

Who do you think will get the Emmy on August 29?

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Ah, see, my Emmy friends think I'm nuts, but clearly we're in agreement! I see Baranski taking this. Some will cry "OMGSHOCKER!" and I will laugh and pity their poor, naïve souls.

Meh, perhaps that's a bit extreme, but they should know better: the Academy LOVES their vets. Baranski is a beloved pro and a theater queen as well--a bonus for TV, playing characters to the hilt. I love the woman, but it's such a phone-in role. I hope there's massive vote-splitting taking place, except PLEASE do NOT award Byrne. Gross.

I flove both Moss and Hendricks. I support your "Mad Men" bias. But each are worthy. But since Moss was robbed last year, I hope this year is hers. Please.

August 24 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope Elisabeth Moss wins in this category. She was quite frankly the only interesting character in a very weak season of MAD MEN. I'm thrilled Panjabi was nominate as she brought a fascinating character to life. This was the most interesting category of all in this year's race.

July 22 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I disagree, Burn Notice has been on for several years, and this is her first nomination for her role as Maddie Westen. She should have been nominated for her role as Debbie Novotney on Queer as Folk. Her nomination is well deserved and I hope she wins. However, with the Mad Men craze I have doubts she will. But I am glad to see Burn Notice get some emmy love.

July 22 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob Walley

It is for sentimental reasons only that I'll be rooting for Sharon Gless for Burn Notice. I remember Gless and Tyne Daley trading Emmy's every year while Cagney & Lacey was on and I'm a huge fan of Burn Notice. But I know that she's not a serious contender this year. It's seems like a tribute nomination for an old friend.

July 21 2010 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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