The Emmy semi-final lists keeping coming from Gold Derby:
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Minnie Driver, "The Riches"
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Mary McDonnell, "Battlestar Galactica"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Jeanne Tripplehorn, "Big Love"
While it's good to know that Emmy voters have at least heard of Battlestar Galactica, I have to figure Mary McDonnell's presence on this list is just a big tease. Not a ton of surprises here, and it looks like most of the big guns come from the basic cable shows.
BEST CASE: Mary McDonnell, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Moss.
PREDICTED: Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, Sally Field, Holly Hunter, Mariska Hargitay.
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Patrick Dempsey, "Grey's Anatomy"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Eddie Izzard, "The Riches"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Denis Leary, "Rescue Me"
James Spader, "Boston Legal" ("The Court Supreme")
I wish I was as wild about Bryan Cranston as some people are. Good news for AMC, though. Kyle Chandler's presence here is likely another tease, as this category has always seemed a little lightweight to me. I have to wonder, once again, is this the year Hugh Laurie finally wins?
BEST CASE: Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Eddie Izzard, and (though I don't watch the show) Hugh Laurie.
PREDICTED: James Spader, Hugh Laurie, Gabriel Byrne, Denis Leary, Jon Hamm.
COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Justin Kirk, "Weeds"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
John Krasinski, "The Office"
Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Fred Willard, "Back to You"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"
The annual Graveyard of Laughter category has improved itself in the last couple of years with the recognition of people like Neil Patrick Harris and Rainn Wilson. Great to see McBrayer (and to a lesser extent Morgan) on the list, though the presence of Fred Willard (who I usually love...on other shows) is a distressing sign that Back To You might have some Emmy pull yet.
BEST CASE: Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jack McBrayer, Justin Kirk.
PREDICTED: Jon Cryer, Jeremy Piven, Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski.