We can’t talk about the men without talking about the women –
Should Win: There is no one better, for me, than Chandra Wilson from GREY’S ANATOMY. Miranda Bailey is one of the greatest characters on TV. Watching her deal with her falling-apart family was brilliant. If I had to offer an alternative, I would say Dianne Weist as Gabriel Byrne’s psychiatrist in IN TREATMENT was also fantastic.
Will Win: This one might be a battle between Murphy Brown and Miranda Bailey. I think it’s Candice Bergen or Chandra Wilson’s to lose. Rachel Griffiths was a favorite for SIX FEET UNDER, but I don’t know that she’s done “winning quality work” for BROTHERS AND SISTERS this season. But still, she’s a familiar name, so it could work in her favor. I’m so undecided in this category – Academy Award winner Wiest could take it, too!
Should Be Nominated: Since this is the field in which she submitted her name, Connie Britton should be on this list. She is brilliant. Calista Flockhart did some great work on B&S this season, and so did Emily Van Camp and Patricia Wetting. I think the women on that show are terribly underrepresented in these nominations! Christina Hendricks (Joan) from MAD MEN deserved this nom, too!