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Emmy Breakdown: Supporting Actress in a Drama

In the weeks leading up to the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, I'll be looking at the nominees in some major categories and trying to predict who's most likely to win in these Emmy Breakdowns. Up today: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos") — Bracco has been nominated three times before this, all three in the lead actress category. Her Dr. Melfi didn't get as much screen time this season as in years past, but she's been a strong and consistent presence on the show, and voters clearly want to reward her work in some way. Plus, as I've mentioned, nobody loves series endings more than the Emmys. I have a feeling this category is all Bracco's. Chance of winning: High.

Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters") — Griffiths is a favorite actress of mine, and the episode she submitted — in which she finds out about her husband kissing her half-sister — is probably her best work of the season. Even so, "Brothers & Sisters" is such an ensemble show that it's hard to recognize just one standout performer. Chance of winning: Low.

Four more great actresses, so

Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") — I may be the world's last fan of both Heigl and Izzie, but I thought her work this season was exceptional — even when things veered into painful "Gizzie" territory. Her submitted episode, the season premiere that finds her lying on the bathroom floor in her prom dress, is vivid to me even now. But she's one of three strong "Grey's" actresses nominated in this category, and I'm not sure she's the best of them. Chance of winning: Moderate.

Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy") — Oh was responsible for two stunningly memorable moments from this season of "Grey's": Cristina's crisis over whether to tell or not to tell the chief about Burke's tremor, and her emotional breakdown after Burke leaves her at the altar. The former makes for a fine submission episode; the latter, I'd imagine, is still stuck in many voters' minds. If any of the "Grey's" women has a chance at taking the category, I think it's Oh. Chance of winning: Moderate to high.

Aida Turturro ("The Sopranos") — Turturro, who's been nominated once previously, has the benefit of the post-"Sopranos" outpouring of goodwill toward her show as well as several years of notable performances behind her. Still, I think that will benefit Bracco more than it will benefit her, and if a "Sopranos" actress takes the category, I'd be shocked if it were Turturro. Chance of winning: Low to moderate.

Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy") — I've long said that Wilson deserves more notice for the tough-yet-tender qualities she's brought to Dr. Bailey, the mother hen of the intern flock. Her Screen Actors Guild award is one big step, and this nomination is another. But Bailey is, for better or worse, still mostly a background character. The episode she submitted, in which a male doctor suggests that Bailey has let things get out of hand with her interns because she had a child, is some of Wilson's best work, but I'm not sure it will be enough to get her a victory over others with larger parts and more name recognition. Chance of winning: Low to moderate.

Griffiths, Heigl, Oh and Wilson photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.
Bracco and Turturro photos Source

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thesounds04 thesounds04 8 years
Love Katherine Heigl. It is for season 3 but I think back to the end of season 2 and how amazing she was in the season finale, seriously...no pun intended there. Sandra Oh? Sorry I can't stand her. And Chandra Wilson, if Katherine doesn't win i'm all for her winning.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
I'm not familiar with any of these ladies...I don't really watch dramatic shows. If I had to pull for any of these women though I would vote for Sandra Oh she is fantastic!
blender blender 8 years
I agree with PhaseKitty, there are plenty of Izzie fans still out there and Katherine is as deserving as any. As a watcher of all three shows, I'd give the Emmy to Sandra and root for Katherine to give her a run for her money. Braicco was great this season but her screentime was disappointing.
polly17 polly17 8 years
sandra oh is the reason i watch grey's anatomy...i hope she wins the emmy, although i think it heighl's year
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great post, Buzz. This is a tough category and I think you've assessed the chances of winning accurately. Bracco isn't the strongest contender, but she'll probably walk away with the award. If I were allowed to vote, I'd put Griffiths, Oh, and Wilson at the top of my list.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I hope either Bracco or Oh wins.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
Katherine Heigl! I think she's very talented and I hope she wins! I really love the Gizzie storyline on Grey's Anatomy...I think it's something that really does happen and I love that. (I say this because I'm now engaged to a guy who was just my best friend for awhile, so I love when best friends fall in love)
dcmurray1970 dcmurray1970 8 years
i would like to see either rachel griffiths or chandra wilson win. they both steal every scene they are in.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Buzz, there are still some Izzie fans out there, myself amongst them. It was season 2 that she really deserved this Emmy, those last 5 episodes or so were so emotional for me and so many others, but she certainly picked the right episode to submit. I remember nothing more clearly about last season than the heartbreaking image of Izzie lying on the bathroom floor and asking, "Where's Denny?" Unfortunately, it looks like all the Grey's actors will cancel each other out, and though I didn't love any specific performance in Sopranos' last season, I think you're dead on with Bracco.
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 8 years
omg!!! ahh, too many!! I dunno, any of the three from GA!! Gah I can't choose, probbaly Sandra Oh or Chandra Wilson
shafiii shafiii 8 years
Im really pulling for Sandra Oh. She did such an amazing job on this season of Grey's Anatomy, even though the season it self sucked her acting was outstanding and the way she plays her character so well is beautiful.
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 8 years
Rachel Griffiths is my fave but, depending on what scenes were sent in for judging--I'd put my money on Sandra Oh. I'll admit, I'm probably alone on this one, but as far as Bracco goes, her acting has always annoyed the bejeezus out of me -- (like she's in a lifetime movie--she's wooden, has an irritating voice and overacts at every turn). I really hope she doesn't get the "final season (we should have given it to her sooner) pity vote." ;-)
unicorn18 unicorn18 8 years
I'm a big fan of Brothers & Sisters! Rachel Griffiths hands down!
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 8 years
I really want Rachel Griffiths to win this category. I love that her acting is not so in-your-face like some actors that look like they are always in distraught and having a breakdown on the simplest situations or tiny life drama. I hate over-acting.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
mwmsjuly, i agree with you. heigl is becoming more and more unbearable. i don't like her. period. my pick to wn is either rachel or sandrah. these are very talented actresses who have been exceptional in their shows. and rachel is a aussie, wow! i wouldn't have thought. oh i love meryl, i know she's not not here but just had to say that.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I hate Heigl, but she may deserve it this year. If I could vote, though, I'd pick Rachel Griffiths because she's plainly one of the best actresses ever on TV and she buries that Aussie accent so well it puts Meryl Streep's linguistic talents to shame. Rachel uplifts every actor she works with, purely with her own excellence. Love her! (And I love all these ladies, except for big mouth Heigl. Yuck.)
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