EMMY WATCH 2008: Outstanding Supporting ACTRESS, Drama

We can’t talk about the men without talking about the women –

Clockwise from top left: Chandra Wilson, GREY'S ANATOMY; Rachel Griffiths, BROTHERS & SISTERS; Sandra Oh, GREY'S ANATOMY; Dianne Wiest, IN TREATMENT; Candice Bergen, BOSTON LEGAL

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!