Emmy picks: Lead Actress, drama

A wave of strong female leads has hit television over the past few years, and some of the best actresses in the business have gobbled them up. There have been a lot of familiar names in the best dramatic actress race recently, and that won't change much this year.

Three of our nominees have about a trillion Emmy and Oscars between them, another is looking to be a regular at all sorts of television award shows, and the last--well, we just like her so much. See if our picks match yours!

Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters

Role: Nora Holden
We love her, we really do! Sally Field on Brothers & Sisters has become our surrogate mother. She's been through hell and back with all the Walker family drama, yes still has that precious smile. Field could easily add another trophy to her ever-growing collection.

Emily Deschanel, Bones

Role: Temperance Brennan
Sexual tension so thick you can cut it with a chainsaw--that's one of the themes of Fox's Bones, and Deschanel makes it happen on-screen with ease. We know that this category is usually reserved for the strong ladies of cable, but that shtick is getting boring! Let's go Emmy voters!

January Jones, Mad Men

Role: Betty Draper
What do you get when you are the wife of a studly ad exec in the 1960s? A couple nervous breakdowns and a constant stream of suspicions. January Jones (best name in show business) plays the part perfectly. When Betty says sleep on the floor, you better sleep on the floor.

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Role: Brenda Leigh Johnson
Brenda is one of the most toughest women on television--we mean that as a compliment. You do not f*** with Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. And Kyra Sedgwick takes the role and goes with it. She's been nominated for the role the past three years, and we're okay with that. Please don't hurt us, Kyra!

Glenn Close, Damages

Role: Patty Hewes
Remember when we said Brenda from The Closer was one of most frightening woman on television. Well, we may have to take that back. Litigation lawyer Patty Hewes makes pit bulls look like chihuahuas, and Glenn Close sinks her teeth into the role and never lets go. Close is amazing at the fine art of bulls***--Patty will sound like she's your buddy, but behind that wry smile she's wondering how your heart tastes and that's all credit to Close.

Honorable Mention: Mariska Hargitay--Law & Order: SVU, Elisabeth Moss--Mad Men, Holly Hunter--Saving Grace, Lisa Edelstein--House, Jeanne Tripplehorn--Big Love, Connie Britton--Connie Britton

And our winner is: [TV.com apologies for the mix-up!] Kyra Sedgwick. She's made The Closer what it is--a great show about a strong female character. Without her, it may not be worth watching.

Our picks for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

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Dec 11, 2009
In an decently run universe Emily Deschanel would run away with this. That being said, I wouldn't mind if my hometown girl January Jones gets some props.
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Jul 27, 2009
Glenn Close ftw!
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Jul 11, 2009
My vote is for Emily Deschanel. I'd vote for Emily Procter too though if she was there. Her portrayal of Calleigh Duquesne was amazing this past season
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Jul 02, 2009
My favorite is Melina Kanakaredes and Emily Procter..I think they need to be on this list somewhere..
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Jun 25, 2009
My favorite is Emily Procter, I don't care you did not list her...
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Jun 22, 2009
Patty Hewes or Temperance Brennan..
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Jun 21, 2009
Glenn Close, no doubt at all.
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Jun 16, 2009
None of the above. Connie Britton deserves the emmy much more than the others you site above. She plays the role of a regular mother, and yet exudes the complexity that each life involves. She's really wonderful.
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Jun 14, 2009
Emily Deschanel i love her
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Jun 14, 2009
(heart) Emily Deschanel (heart). Marsika Hargitay and Lisa Edelstein, both have my votes too...
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Jun 12, 2009
My favorites are Glenn Close and Kyra Sedgwick. And I'm really surprised Emily Deschanel is nominated. She's fine, but best drama actress for that show? Ha-ha. January Jones... I can hardly remember her - they have Christina Hendricks in the show :* So, once again, I'd vote for Glenn Close and Kyra Sedgwick.
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Jun 12, 2009
Please--Bones? That show sucks. Connie Britton needs a bump up here from honorable mention to winner.
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Jun 12, 2009
I would pick Emily Deschanel.
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Jun 12, 2009
Totally agree with Kyra Sedgwick winning!
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Jun 12, 2009
Glenn Close.
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Jun 12, 2009
Rose Byrne?
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Jun 12, 2009
I mean everyone loves Emily Deschanel... Lets just hope the Emmy voters too... a lot of noms are taken over by cable
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Jun 12, 2009
Good job Glenn Close.
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Jun 11, 2009
ALthough i LOVE Emily deschanel and think she as an amazing actress. i would have to say that Sally Field would definately win over her.
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Jun 11, 2009
Mary McDonnell, BSG.
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Jun 11, 2009
It seems weird to me that Emily Deschanel would get nominated for a show like bones which is good, but seems like would get snubbed and I think Mariska Hartigay belongs on this list every year, she is so fantastic on the show and the dramatic turn it took with her sexual assault this year was brilliant on her part
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Jun 11, 2009
Anyone who doesnt think Glenn Close is the clear choice for this award doesnt watch "Damages". She is so intense that its scary sometimes. Anna Paquin would be my second choice far behind Glenn cus her role as Sookie, from her frantic nature to her accent on "True Blood" is fantatic.
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Jun 11, 2009
I love Emily Deschanel but I honestly don't know if any of them are Emmy-worthy. I say they nominate Sarah Michelle Gellar and make up for all 7 years of Buffy when she never got nominated. She definitely deserves an Emmy.
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Jun 11, 2009
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters !!! Amazing !
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Jun 11, 2009
Anna Paquin from True Blood would get my vote. The role of Sookie fits her like a glove.
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Jun 11, 2009
Where is Chad Michael Murray and Hillarie Burton are the best.In comedy Neil Patrick Harris.Best actrices:Cobie Smulders.Best Drama:One tree hill.Best Comedy:How I Met Your Mother.
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Jun 11, 2009
Mariska Hargitay should win ever year she is the best!
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Jun 11, 2009
Mariska Hargitay? honorable mention are you freakin kidding me?

WTF!!
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Jun 11, 2009
I completely agree. I think those choices are spot on. http://www.answerblip.com/top-100-trivia-questions

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Ashley :)
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Jun 11, 2009
Wow, Aaron must be SO good that you not only want him to win for best supporting actor, but for best actress too? That's quite a feat!
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Jun 11, 2009
I'm sorry,who won?It says "Aaron Paul".He was the winner in Best Supporting Actor In A Drama.
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Jun 11, 2009
She is beautiful. Some of my friends told me that her nudist profile with some of her pretty nude photos and videos was found on a nudist dating site called mynudists.com . Not sure if this is true. However, I will help you guys check it out
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Jun 11, 2009
I think that Mary McDonnell from Battlestar Galactica should get a shot. Great dramatic performance in the final season.
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Jun 11, 2009
Emily Deschanel from the list you provide. But where is Anna Torv? She should be there too.
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Jun 11, 2009
Where is Cote de Pablo from NCIS?! She should get an emmy after this season.
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Jun 11, 2009
Yeah you need to fix this article it's a mess. I love Glenn Close in Damages but how about Rose Byrne? She's hardly a supporting actress. January Jones for sure (Great name).
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Jun 11, 2009
Kyra Sedgwick,
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Jun 11, 2009
I'm thinking Maura Tierney of "ER" should be there. She is so underrated.
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Jun 11, 2009
Nobody can compare with Glenn Close on "Damages". They might as well just give her the trophy now. In fact, just give her the Emmy until the show is over. She's that good at being bats*** crazy.
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Jun 11, 2009
Patricia Arquette on Medium. Done.
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Jun 11, 2009
where is sophia bush and hilarie burton of one tree hill?????!!!

and where the hell is ellen pompeo of greys anatomy she did a hell of a job this season????????!!!!!!!
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Jun 11, 2009
lol what the hell Aaron doing in this thread ? it must be a mistake copy/paste issue lol

NIGHTWIN6 Evangeline Lilly is not mentioned in the thread , anyway I don't think she deserve to be a nominee her performance in season 5 wasn't that great .

As for the TV.com picks , sadly I don't watch any of these shows , I've watched few episodes of bones ,Emily is alright but not sure of her being a nominee .
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Jun 11, 2009
You guys messed up on the winner part. Since when is Aaron Paul a Best Actress nominee? Let alone a woman all together. The fact that Evangeline Lilly's performance in Whatever Happened, Happened doesn't even get her an honorable mention nod shows that you guys are way off. Oh, you guys missed Anna Paquin too. Either of those two are better than any actress on Mad Men and Lisa Edelstein.
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Jun 11, 2009
BSG please!!!!
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Jun 11, 2009
Jeanne Tripplehorn deserves better! She is great in Big Love!
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Jun 11, 2009
I have to with Emily on this one
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Jun 11, 2009
Mariska Hargitay deserves much more than "Honorable Mention" her past performances as well as this year's, in the season finale especially, send her to the front of the pack.
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Jun 11, 2009
It's anyone's game
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Jun 11, 2009
ANNA PAQUIN on TRUE BLOOD!!!!!!!
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Jun 11, 2009
Aaron Paul = best supporting actor AND lead actress? I knew Breaking Bad was one hell of a show, this just proves it.
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