Former nominees back in the race

Actress vie to return to Emmy short list

Who’s to say kudos lightning can’t strike twice? Having won or been nominated in recent years, these thesps remain in the Emmy running for statuette.

GALLERY: Returning Actresses

Rose Byrne
“Damages”
Byrne’s character knows Patty Hewes better than anyone — except for the deceased Tom Shayes — and three seasons of dealing with the manipulative attoney may pay dividends.

Glenn Close
“Damages”
As the two-time defending lead actress drama champ, Close remains a serious contender. Her Patty Hewes went a little softer this season, but that humanity may play to her advantage.

Toni Collette
“United States of Tara”
Impressive work for Collette by winning for her first season. Let’s see if voters will appreciate her character’s transformation into multiple personalities a second time around.

Tina Fey
“30 Rock”
Few, if any, actresses can pull off the comedy Fey knocks out of the park every episode. Also, sometimes her acting abilities are unfairly overlooked because her writing is so strong.

Sally Field
“Brothers and Sisters”
While the show might have gone a bit soapy, Field remains the skein’s kudos magnet and a TV vet to be reckoned with. She won in 2007 and was nominated the last two years as well.

Mariska Hargitay
“Law & Order: SVU”
Nominated an astonishing six years in a row — while winning in 2006 — Hargitay ably portrays a hard-edged cop who hasn’t lost her soft side. Det. Benson has never been so well-rounded.

Holly Hunter
“Saving Grace”
With the TNT drama about to say adieu, voters might want a last chance to acknowledge Hunter’s smallscreen work after a career mostly filled with theatrical roles.

Jane Krakowski
“30 Rock”
There may be no braver primetime actress than Krakowski, who makes herself look so foolish at times that auds can’t help but appreciate all that she’s willing to do for a laugh.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
“The New Adventures of Old Christine”
The end of “Christine” may inspire voters to bookend Louis-Dreyfus’ first-year win with another. Unlike her other “Seinfeld” stars, she successfully made the transition to another winning series.

Elisabeth Moss
“Mad Men”
Coming off a stellar season two, Moss’ Peggy pined for a promotion in season three and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself with boss Jon Hamm, who had plenty of other issues on his mind.

Sandra Oh
“Grey’s Anatomy”
Oh has been nominated every year “Grey’s” has been on the air, so she has become the kudos go-to thesp on the hospital drama. A win still awaits, so maybe the sixth time is the charm.

Mary-Louise Parker
“Weeds”
Parker’s resume includes Emmy noms for four separate projects. Like Collette on “Tara,” Parker shows that the women on Showtime’s single-camera comedies are breaking through.

Elizabeth Perkins
“Weeds”
With three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, Perkins has obviously made an impression on voters in a category that is sometimes more difficult to fill than the actress comedy or drama leads.

Kyra Sedgwick
“The Closer”
With four consecutive nominations under her belt but no victory, Sedgwick has learned that procedurals have limitations when it comes to garnering the grand prize.

Kristen Wiig
“Saturday Night Live”
Wiig stands out as the top femme in a “SNL” cast that’s often underrated during non-election cycles. While not all of Wiig’s characters are endearing, she never fails to give them all she’s got.

Chandra Wilson
“Grey’s Anatomy”
Dealing with a new relationship gave the actress fresh material with which to shine, and her perf in the season finale will resonate all summer.

GALLERY: Returning Actresses

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