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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 4:30PM

With the Emmy awards a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

On Friday, I discussed the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category. Now come the categories for lead actress and actor, starting with the six worthy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Nominees:
Connie Britton, 'Friday Night Lights'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'

Mariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
January Jones, 'Mad Men'
Julianna Margulies, 'The Good Wife'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'

Who will win:
The temptation here is to say that one of the previous winners, such as Hargitay or Close, will take the award because of the Academy's lack of creativity with their picks. But Margulies is a known quantity -- she's been nominated six times for 'ER,' both in the lead and supporting categories, winning after the show's first season -- and 'The Good Wife' was widely-watched enough to make me think that she may get the award this year. She carried the first year hit on her shoulders and did a great job playing the wounded but resilient Alicia Florrick.

Who should win: It's a tie between Margulies and January Jones. I've already mentioned why Margulies deserves the statuette, but Jones also should bring home the prize. The episode she submitted, 'The Gypsy and the Hobo,' showed Betty Draper in all her ruthless glory, as she confronted Don about his true identity. Throughout season three, she painted the picture of a woman who was slowly unraveling as she found out the world she thought she knew didn't really exist. Jones also did a nice job of showing Betty's true nature coming out in full force, setting her up to be the worst wife and mother that we've seen on TV in a number of years.

Dark Horse: Connie Britton, if only because a) 'Friday Night Lights' deserves to be recognized on its way into series oblivion, and b) Britton has been the show's emotional core from the start.

Who do you think will take home the Emmy?

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I'd be happy with any one of the actresses winning...except January Jones. I'm not sure there's EVER been a more overrated performance than her's.

August 24 2010 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ePastorJames

I've wanted a Sedgwick win for ages now, and will welcome it at any time, but I am still so aggravated at the asinine Academy for snubbing the incredible Katey Sagal from "Sons of Anarchy". (Anyone else find it suspicious both she and Ed O'Neill from "Modern Family" were snubbed? How did Christina Applegate overcome the "Married...With Children" stigma, but they didn't?! Not fair.)

Anyway, Sagal was riveting this season and continues to reach new heights with her talent, but I digress. Hope they feel guilty next year. Meanwhile, Margulies has this. I

August 24 2010 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Clearlylosingit

I feel that Margulies unfortunately has this in the bag. I find her and the series to be complacent and dull. I would love a Britton or Jones shocker, although Close and Sedgwick seem more likely alternatives.

August 23 2010 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
den

As much as I love Close in Damages, please show Connie some love for her superb acting in FNL.

August 23 2010 at 5:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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