Emmys 2011: Predicting Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Here’s how it works: some of these ladies will get nominated, some deserve to get nominated and some haven’t got a chance in hell. I am listing everyone who’s a real player, but for MY dream ballot, the chosen six are written in orange. As I have said in the past, this is my list; if you don’t like what’s on it, go sign up for a website and make your own list.
Lauren Graham, Parenthood – I have never seen Gilmore Girls (kinda shocking, no?) and as a huge fan of Maura Tierney, wasn’t so sure about the decision to hire Graham when Tierney had to step down from the role. That being said, I cannot imagine Graham not being on the ballot.
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy – I know. Go ahead and gag. Be shocked. Whatever. Pompeo has long been thought of as the weakest link in the Grey’s family. This season, however, she transitioned from young doctor with a penchant for making bad decisions into the backbone of the show. Her work with the Alzheimer’s trial, dealing with post-trauma stress and juggling her many roommates proved – once and for all – that Pompeo knows what she’s doing.
Melissa Leo, Treme – Oscar winner Leo seemed to pull a more supporting role this season, but that didn’t stop her from showing her chops as Toni dealt with the aftermath of her husband’s suicide and dealing with her daughter’s emotional breakdown.
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law – With 8 previous Emmy nominations to her credit, you can never count out this Oscar winner. Let’s be realistic, her name is exactly what kept Harry’s Law on NBC’s schedule for a second season. It certainly wasn’t the ratings. Bates is golden.
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife – Everyone expected her to win last year, but Kyra Sedgwick picked up the (well-deserved) award instead. This season was only better for the actress as she turned in one great performance after another. In fact, I believe she helped her co-stars bring their game up as well. Margulies is a powerhouse.
Emmy Rossum, Shameless – Rossum is surprisingly good in one of the least glamorous roles on TV. Her Fiona is the backbone of the crazy-as-catshit, but lovable Gallagher family. The scenes where she thought someone might be hurt or the kids might be taken away were her strongest.
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy – Lots of ink was spilled over Sagal’s work in Anarchy, but I have never seen the show. I will let the people who cried foul over her lack of Emmy nomination last year have the final say.
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer – Last year’s winner after several nominations. It was well-deserved and if she wins again, I won’t be mad. That being said, she’s won already and I want to give the underdogs a chance.
January Jones, Mad Men – I know nothing about this show, but she clearly is a frontrunner.
Anna Torv, Fringe – I remember when she didn’t come across as a very good actress. Back in season one, Torv appeared stiff and I had low expectations for her. But in season three, she did exemplary work. Let’s do a rundown. Torv played: Olivia, Fauxlivia, Olivia as Fauxlivia, Fauxlivia as Olivia, Future Olivia and, most famously, Olivia as William Bell (aka Olivia as Leonard Nimoy). And, interestingly enough, each version had a distinct personality. I knew when Fauxlivia was acting like Olivia and vice versa. A brauva performance. I applaud Torv and can only wish she does better.
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love – In the final season, Tripplehorn’s Barb had a religious revelation that prompted her to rethink everything she believed: she started drinking wine, she tried to heal people… and in the end she took over her husband’s church. Tripplehorn has never been better. She still won’t get a nomination.
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men – I know nothing about this show, but she clearly is a frontrunner.
joseph’s choice to win: My money’s on Margulies, Torv worked her ass off, and my heart wants to cast my vote for Graham, who is long overdue. I’m so torn on this one… Anna Torv. Playing multiple roles is hard. She really, really impressed me. She’s deserving. She will not get nominated in the real Emmy race… Yes, Torv: My final answer.
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