Emmy drama actress contenders


Glenn Close
"Damages" (FX)
Pro: Last year's victor must be considered the frontrunner.
Con: A "Mad Men" sweep could cost her; Kyra Sedgwick has ardent supporters.

Sally Field
"Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
Pro: The three-time nominee and 2007 winner is the grand dame in this category.
Con: Her work could be overshadowed by her show's strong ensemble.

Mariska Hargitay
"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC)
Pro: Six nominations and a win in 2006 (the most among the nominees).
Con: Publicized contract haggling may not endear her to voters.

Holly Hunter
"Saving Grace" (TNT)
Pro: A two-time nominee.
Con: Sedgwick generates more heat (and ratings) on TNT.

Elisabeth Moss
"Mad Men" (AMC)
Pro: She could be swept up in the momentum of her series' 16 nominations.
Cos: Experience might win: She's the only first-timer in this category.

Kyra Sedgwick
"The Closer" (TNT)
Pro: Critical acclaim for her performance suggest it's time.
Con: Nominated four times but has yet to grab the prize.