When we first asked the TV.com offices for best supporting actress in a drama nominations, we never expected the amount of responses that came back. This field is deep, and cutting the worthy ladies down to 10 was the chore of all chores--but we finally got it done.
Cable dominated our shortlist, but when it came to the final five, ABC scored a trifecta of nominations. Have a look at our nominations and see if you agree.
: Captain Claudette Wyms
CCH isn't just one of the most intense actors on The Shield
, she's one of the most dedicated actors--male or female--on the small screen. As Captain Claudette Wyms in the final season of the show, she battled Vic Mackey and
a terminal illness. Pssshhh! Claudette would kick both their butts!
: Sarah Whedon
Remember the first time you saw Rachel Griffiths? Perhaps it was in Hilary and Jackie
, maybe it was in Six Feet Under
. All you knew was... boy can this girl act! And in a drama ensemble that's one of the best on television, Griffiths more than holds her own.
: Miranda Bailey
Chandra Wilson is always walking the red carpet come awards show season. She took a character on Grey's
and made it her own--Miranda Bailey was originally envisioned as a blonde white lady. But no matter how far Grey's Anatomy
went off the deep end, one thing stayed constant on the medical drama--Wilson's superb acting. And she's managed to stay out of the off-screen drama the show is famous for.
: Juliet Burke
A lot of people rolled their eyes when Juliet was introduced on Lost
. Great, another babe to tempt Jack and mess up the Jater/Skater love triangle? But she stuck around and won our hearts while toying with our emotions. Her dimples broke the ice, but it's those stern talks--sometimes Juliet is the only one who makes any sense out there--she lays on the Losties that put her on this list.
: Claire Maddox
set the bar for an ensemble basic-cable cast in its first season, but who would have thought it would be raised for season two? Adding Marcia Gay Harden to an already stellar cast made every single scene of this series must-see TV. And Harden went along with the trademark twist and turns like it was second nature.
Honorable Mention: Rutina Wesley--True Blood, Christina Hendricks--Mad Men, Katey Sagal--Sons of Anarchy, Pauley Perette--NCIS, Mary McDonnell--Battlestar Galactica
And our winner is: Rachel Griffiths. Griffiths is pure talent. Her character may not be detonating Hydrogen bombs, battling a rogue anti-gang cop, or dealing with Dr. Izzie Stevens, but she's still award worthy.
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