Emmys 2011: 'The Closer's' Kyra Sedgwick on 'validation' and her episode submission

kyra-sedgwick-emmys-2011.jpg Kyra Sedgwick has a perfect award-nomination record for her time on "The Closer." The series premiered on TNT in 2005, and she's been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award every year since.

So after a while, it must become routine to be nominated yet again, right?

"No. It really doesn't," Sedgwick tells Zap2it. She's currently working on the final season of "The Closer," which premieres July 11, and is a pretty good bet to be an Emmy nominee for the sixth time three days later. (She won the award for outstanding actress in a drama last year.)

"I almost feel like, Oh, I think I'm going to be really crushed if I don't get nominated," Sedgwick says with a laugh. "... For me, it's validation of continued good work, and that's always been my goal as an actor, is just to do consistently good work. So it's lovely, and I never take it for granted. There's so much good work out there, and so many great actresses doing awesome stuff."

Sedgwick chose the Season 6 episode "War Zone" as her nomination submission this year. It's a key episode in the life of the series -- and will figure heavily in the forthcoming season -- and also one that she says is "really cool."

"It's one where [her character, Brenda Leigh Johnson] basically sets up a gang member to be killed by his fellow members," she says. "I don't cry in the episode [laughs], which I did in the one I won for. ... I just thought it was a super-strong episode for everybody and for me, and really well-written."

Sedgwick will find out if her submission pays off when the Emmy nominations are announced on July 14.
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