Saturday, May 26, 2012

2012 Emmy Contenders: Best Actress in a Drama Series

2012 Contenders
Claire Danes "Homeland"
Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss "Mad Men"
Glenn Close "Damages"
Mariska Hargitay "Law & Order: SVU"
Elizabeth McGovern "Downton Abbey"
Debra Messing "Smash"
Mirelle Enos "The Killing"
Kathy Bates "Harry's Law"
Kyra Sedgwick "The Closer"
Jessica Pare "Mad Men"
Michelle Dockery "Downton Abbey"
Katey Segal "Sons of Anarchy"
Madeline Stowe "Revenge"
Anna Paquin "True Blood"
Emily Van Camp "Revenge"
Emmy Rossum "Shameless"
Ellen Pompeo "Grey's Anatomy"
Callie Thorne "Necessary Roughness"
Piper Perado "Covert Affairs"
Anna Torv "Fringe"
Dana Delaney "Body of Proof"
Sarah Wayne Callies "The Walking Dead"
Mary McCormack "In Plain Sight"
Stana Katic "Castle"
Lauren Graham "Parenthood"

Commentary - A lot of great women, including one winning newcomer, and a lot of old favorites. Claire Danes may be new to the race, but not to the Emmys, winning recently for Temple Grandin. Her role in Homeland may have not managed a SAG nomination this year, but I think she is a lock for an Emmy nod, and may even be the frontrunner. Right behind her is last year's winner Julianna Margulies, who had another stellar season on The Good Wife, and could easily upset Danes. As could Elisabeth Moss, who continues to dazzle on Mad Men, and could be the member of the cast that breaks its Emmy curse in acting awards. Glenn Close returns to the race, but Damages may have lost some Emmy heat, so while a nomination is mostly certain, a win is probably out of the discussion. Neither Kathy Bates nor Mariska Hargitay had great seasons on their respective shows, but Bates is a legend, and this is the Television Academy's last chance to honor Hargitay, I don't think they'll pass it up. The Killing's second season did better than expected, but I still don't think Mierelle Enos will get another nomination this year. Finally, Kyra Sedgwick could get in for the last season of The Closer, as could Debra Messing for Smash's 1st season. There are some outside contender such as the other contenders from Downton Abbey and Mad Men, McGovern and Pare, Anna Torv for the renewed Fringe, Katey Segal, Emmy Rossum, and Golden Globe Nominees Callie Thorne and Madeline Stowe.


  1. I think Claire Danes will win. She gave a fantastic performance, especially those last couple of episodes.

  2. Exactly, she will most likely have the best episode selection of the bunch.

  3. Why is it the last time for Mariska Hargitay?

  4. My bad. The last time I had heard, I was under the impression that she was leaving the show, but apparently she is coming back so this is not her last time, which means she will probably be nominated for Emmys until the end of time.

  5. Anna Torv should be nominated. She is amazing , creating all those great Olivia versions from just some facts, never anything done with the backstory.
    And the awesome double acting in 1 scene, interacting and having chemistry with herself basically.
    Anna Torv this season has several episodes, Olivia and AltLivia and both together in the best episoe of this season One Night....

    Would be nice if the voters would stop voting the ones out of habit , just for the name.
    Now Hargity will be there until she is not on tv anymore, same for Close, Bates.

    If the Emmy wants to be about honouring acting, they should vote as such.
    So 3 new names please, one of them Anna Torv.