Television: Supporting Actress

2008 Golden Globes nominees

Rose Byrne, “Damages”
Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”
Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Samantha Morton, “Longford”
Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”

It’s hard to make sense of this catch-all category where some thesps are supporting players over a 22- or 13-episode run while others have a vital but small role in a two-hour movie.

That being the case, one would hope the HFPA would see fit to acknowledge those who’ve dedicated nearly a year of work in shaping their character.

While Glenn Close was the drawing card of “Damages,” Rose Byrne played the protagonist and had more scenes than anyone else. The Australian actress feels like someone on the rise.

Another Aussie, Rachel Griffiths won a lot of supporters over the years in “Six Feet Under,” and she’s getting plenty of praise for “Brothers & Sisters” as well. The show, as evidenced by an Emmy win and Globes nom for Sally Field, is certainly high on the kudos radar.

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A win for Katherine Heigl would not only represent her work on “Grey’s Anatomy” but would give viewers at home a chance to see one of the reasons why bigscreen pic “Knocked Up” proved to be a summer smash.