Cicely Tyson has already won her Emmys, and although she is a legend, I felt that she is merely a placeholder, a big name that they can flash on TV for some good ratings (I personally love her, but she doesn’t deserve to win this year).
Jeanne Tripplehorn failed to get a well-deserved nod for Big Love, so here is her consolation prize. In the recent death of Ted Kennedy, you never know what sentiment can do, but I think her role was a little too small, and she is up against some stiff competition.
A lot of people think Marcia Gay Harden has a shot. I would agree with them, but I think that the absence of Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler in a lot of other categories means she will have to rely solely on her name and fame.
Janet McTeer was good in Grey Gardens, but wasn’t spectacular. The reason I have her in the second spot is because of the magnitude of Grey Gardens this year.
So I am predicting Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo. Her performance in House of Saddam was simply terrific, and although it got left out of the lean Miniseries category, I think people will reward this actress that, as of a couple of years ago, was largely unknown, and has burst onto the scene.