Emmys 2012: Who should win outstanding lead actress in a drama series? Vote now!
That woman is Claire Danes, who was widely praised for her powerful turn on "Homeland' as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, who's dealing with her own mental instability while hunting down terrorists. She'll be getting the most attention leading up to the ceremony, but it's not like the other contenders in the category are lightweights.
First, the category has two former winners, Glenn Close and defending champ Julianna Margulies. And while "Damages" is on its way out and "The Good Wife" hasn't been as strong as it was in its first two seasons, the two are still formidable contenders. Michelle Dockery, the only first-timer in the bunch, might get votes in a "Downton Abbey" sweep. Kathy Bates of "Harry's Law" will get votes because people just plain like Kathy Bates.
But one person Danes really has to watch out for is Elisabeth Moss. While the "Mad Men" star didn't get as much screen time in Season 5 as she did in previous seasons, the academy may just hand her the prize because they didn't give it to her last year, when she truly carried the show along with Jon Hamm. Hey, it won't be the first time someone gets a "sorry for our mistake" Emmy, and it won't be the last.
Who do you think will bring home the Emmy? Vote in the poll below. The 64th annual Primetime Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air live at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 23 on ABC.