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Television: Drama Actress

2008 Golden Globes nominees

Patricia Arquette, “Medium”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Minnie Driver, “The Riches”
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”
Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”
Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

The HFPA has always made it known it wants to set trends, not follow them. That being said, the inclusion of “Brothers & Sisters” star Sally Field is interesting in that Field won the Emmy a few months ago and now the HFPA is affirming her status as well.

Holly Hunter is a longtime fave of the Globes, now having earned her seventh nomination — and winning for the 1993 pic “The Piano.” Despite a lengthy film career, the majority of those noms, however, have been for TV. Her new TNT series, “Saving Grace,” allows the actress to be loose and freewheeling, and that type of no-holds-barred character could resonate.

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Like Hunter, Edie Falco has now accumulated seven Globe noms for her role as a conspiring mob boss’s wife on “The Sopranos.” She’s won twice, and since the show has now signed off, voters could give her one last statue for a job well done. On the other hand, her part was fairly small this past season, and she had few memorable scenes.