DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, “Medium”: Past Emmy winners always remain in contention. Of course, she would be able to foresee that.
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”: Falco’s Carmela is torn in a million different directions, and Falco still makes us feel every single one of them.
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”: See Arquette. And the fact that “SVU” is, by far, the most popular title of the “Law & Order” franchise certainly helps.
Mary McDonnell, “Battlestar Galactica”: McDonnell has survived an emotional roller coaster that included being occupied by the Cylons and later pursuing a trial against her campaign rival Baltar, as well as an increasingly close relationship with Adama (Edward James Olmos).
Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”: Portraying the title character of this immensely popular show hasn’t given Pompeo an Emmy nomination — yet.
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”: Being the only drama from TNT means the network will use tons of marketing muscle to land her a second consecutive nom.
Polly Walker, “Rome”: While Walker wasn’t featured as prominently in season two, these 10 episodes seemed to click more with critics and fans. While the guys might split the vote, she’d be a solid choice to represent this wildly underrated show.
DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Candice Bergen, “Boston Legal”: Veteran actresses resonate with older voters, and Bergen’s legacy should play particularly well with the anti-“Grey’s” crowd. Plus, “Legal” is always a kudos draw.
Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”: The way Heigl seemed to take over the show at times this season, it could have been retitled “Izzie’s Anatomy.” Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has given Heigl the biggest speeches on “Grey’s” ever since her would-be husband Denny checked in, and it only remains to be seen if voters find her character too schizophrenic.
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”: Nominated for Emmys as Christina Yang two years running, Oh can only be slowed by the rising profiles of her co-stars. Her character never seems to lose its grounding.
Kate Walsh, “Grey’s Anatomy”: Good enough to have a spinoff centered around her, but not good enough for an Emmy nom? Voters might rectify that, honoring how Walsh turned a short-term villain into a long-term heroine.
Chandra Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy”: As with Walsh, showing a softer side seems to have helped Wilson, giving her an Emmy nom last year and a SAG Awards win this year. Wilson has been left out the show’s romantic connect-the-dots, which could reduce her stature in voters’ eyes — or make her their savior.