EW continues with their contribution on the upcoming Emmy nominations...
You try narrowing down the potential nominees for the best supporting actress in a drama Emmy to just six finalists. I could make the case for at least a dozen candidates, but alas, Emmy rules allow for only half that many (I stretched it to a seventh, because I literally could not eliminate any of the women below). And the supporting actor category wasn't exactly a cakewalk, either. Anyway, you know the drill, voters
Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
* Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights): Episode 8. When her character realizes she isn't going to be getting her new dream home. Excitement. Desperation. Resignation. All in three minutes. She deserves her own category.
* Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love): It'd be easy to overlook her sunny character as mere comic relief. Easy and wrong.
* Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy): Though the cancer arc tested my patience, damned if she didn't sell the material like her life depended on it. (Memo to Shonda Rhimes: As such, please don't kill her off.)
* Christina Hendricks (Mad Men): If it takes a strong woman to show her soft side, this one's Hercules in heels. Hers is my favorite Mad Men character by far.
* Alison Pill (In Treatment): As a young cancer patient purging her soul, she was part sad, part inspiring, all perfection.
* CCH Pounder (The Shield): She fought two evil foes (lupus, Mackey) with fierce determination. If Mackey was this show's driving force, Claudette was its secret weapon.
* Chloe Sevigny (Big Love): The sneakier her character got, the more I wanted to give her a hug. Oh, and an Emmy!
Best Supporting Actor (Drama)
* Walton Goggins (The Shield): Right down to his character's dying breath, he kept us gasping in awe. A mesmerizing performance.
* Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad): Slowly stepping out of Bryan Cranston's shadow, he revealed himself to be a powerhouse actor in his own right.
* John Noble (Fringe): You know how the show kinda feels familiar? Well, there's nothing familiar about Noble's kooky, quirky scientist.
* Jeremy Davies (Lost): As the show was nearly swallowed up by mythology, he supplied much of the heart that kept us invested.
* Ryan Kwanten (True Blood): Yes, he's pretty. He's also pretty amazing. (You can argue with me after you've played an extended-erection subplot with the kind of go-for-broke abandon that he did.)
* Jon Voight (24): The acting vet's challenge: Play a power hungry, murdering evildoer without coming off as a cartoon. Mission accomplished!