BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Naveen Andrews -- Lost
Bruce Dern -- Big Love
Christian Clemenson -- Boston Legal
Ted Danson -- Damages
Michael Emerson -- Lost
Zeljko Ivanek -- Damages
T.R. Knight -- Grey's Anatomy
William Shatner -- Boston Legal
John Slattery -- Mad Men
Blair Underwood -- In Treatment
Jake Weber -- Medium
Defending champ Terry O'Quinn is absent from the list, which I guess clears the deck in theory. In practice, it means our long national Shat-nightmare will likely continue. Though Emmy voters have historically been awfully fond of Danson -- he was excellent in Damages, so I'd be perfectly fine if a statue was tossed his way. I'm more psyched to see Zeljko Ivanek on the list; he stands a far worse chance of getting nominated, but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who appreciated his work on the show. Also, I don't think I've seen Jake Weber since
BEST CASE: Zeljko Ivanek, Ted Danson, Bruce Dern (though I don't recall him being around much last season), Michael Emerson, John Slattery.
PREDICTION: Danson, Emerson, Slattery, Shatner, T.R. Knight.
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Christina Applegate -- Samantha Who?
Marcia Cross -- Desperate Housewives
America Ferrera -- Ugly Betty
Tina Fey -- 30 Rock
Anna Friel -- Pushing Daisies
Felicity Huffman -- Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria Parker -- Desperate Housewives
Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- New Adventures of Old Christine
Mary-Louise Parker -- Weeds
Sarah Silverman -- The Sarah Silverman Program
It's always tough to predict this category because you never know how Emmy voters will feel about the current Desperate Housewives season. Sarah Silverman's grabbing all the headlines for ending up on this list, but she's clearly a seat-filler. It seems Tina Fey submitted "Sandwich Day" as her episode, which I don't recall being all that awesome, though I'm willing to be proved wrong. The Carrie Fisher episode was the season's best.
BEST CASE: Tina Fey, MLP, Christina Applegate, America Ferrara, and, by default, Anna Friel, who I kind of hate (at least her character).
PREDICTIONS: Fey, Ferrara, Applegate, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Felicity Huffman.
EDIT: Oh look! Supporting Actress in a Drama too!
BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Jane Alexander -- Tell Me You Love Me
Candice Bergen -- Boston Legal
Rose Byrne -- Damages
Jill Clayburgh -- Dirty Sexy Money
Sharon Gless -- Burn Notice
Rachel Griffiths -- Brothers and Sisters
Christina Hendricks -- Mad Men
S. Epatha Merkerson -- Law and Order
Sandra Oh -- Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest -- In Treatment
Chandra Wilson -- Grey's Anatomy
God, how am I supposed to feel about this? So fantastic to see Christina Hendricks and Jill Clayburgh on this list, and yet...no Connie Britton. No Margo Martindale. No Patricia Wettig. Damn it all. You figure Damages wouldn't have put Rose Byrne in a completely fraudulent category if they didn't think they could score with it. It's nice to see Sharon Gless recognized for Burn Notice -- that show merits a nod or two. Of course, it's not the show that's being recognized, it's Christine Cagney. Wonder if Gless still has the Emmy mojo that Tyne Daley has?
BEST CASE: Christina Hendricks, Jill Clayburgh, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Rachel Griffiths.
PREDICTED: Candice Bergen, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Rose Byrne, Dianne Wiest.