Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Connie Britton, Glenn Close, Mariska Hargitay, January Jones, Julianna Marguiles, Kyra Sedgwick

The competition: 2009 winner Close is out of the race this year since her show didn’t air within the eligibility period. Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) is the frontrunner since her show was even hotter this past year than it was the year before. She’ll almost certainly be joined by Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), nominated in this category two years ago and then in the supporting race last year. She’s back in this category now after a more substantial role in the show’s fourth season. She’ll probably take the place of January Jones (Mad Men), who barely had a part this past season. Last year’s winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) should be back, as should Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), who would earn her eighth consecutive nomination, and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), who would earn her second. I’m hopeful that Golden Globe winner Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) will be able to earn her first-ever Emmy nod, though she’ll face her toughest competition from newcomer Mireille Enos (The Killing). Additionally, recent Oscar winner Melissa Leo (Treme) could factor into the race, as could never-nominated Lauren Graham (Parenthood), breakout star Emmy Rossum (Shameless), and Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), who could earn her ninth career nomination for her latest role.

The predicted nominees: Britton, Hargitay, Margulies, Moss, Sagal, Sedgwick

The predicted winner: Margulies

Next up: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series


Greg Boyd said...

Would love to see Britton nominated again, particularly since I think season 5 featured some of her finest work ever.

And this is completely unrelated to the Emmys, but since you're an HBO subscriber I thought you might know: can you drop the channel whenever you want without penalty? I'm interested in a few of their shows (season 1 of "Treme" was amazing), so my thought was that I could add it for a month during the summer, watch everything I wanted online, and then drop it for the other 11 months of the year. Everything I've read seems to indicate that it's possible to do this, but I haven't been able to get a definitive answer. Do you happen to know if this would work? I'm only interested in "Treme", "GOT", and "Boardwalk Empire", so it just doesn't make sense to order it for the entire year. And I really hate having to wait for the DVDs, since they usually don't come out until 6+ months after the season has finished airing.

Movies with Abe said...

Honestly, I have no idea. But that is a good point. That was always my frustration with HBO before I got it, that I'd just want the channel with the original television programming and not the dozens of others that air movies.