The Lead Actor in a Drama Series category also has one slot that is completely up for grabs (assuming Bryan Cranston, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Hamm, Steve Buscemi and Damian Lewis are locks). Michael C. Hall will probably benefit from being a perennial nominee but this past season of Dexter has been horribly received. If it is not Hall, the last spot could go to a nominee from last year, Timothy Olyphant. Or it could go to acting legend Dustin Hoffman for his work on Luck (although that show's cancellation puts a damper on its awards prospects). Hugh Laurie could also sneak in on the good graces of it being his last chance for House.
The Lead Actress in a Drama Series category has four locks: Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Elisabeth Moss and Glenn Close. Beyond that the competition is very thin. This is one of the categories most ripe for a surprise nominee, but if I had to guess to whom those last spots would go to, I would pick perennial nominee Mariska Hargitay and former winner Kyra Sedgwick for her last season on The Closer.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series is another category that has one spot open (of course assuming that Peter Dinklage, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, John Slattery and Mandy Patinkin are locks). The last spot is going to go to an actor from The Good Wife, Justified, Luck or Damages. The hard part is picking the one from a large group of legitimate contenders from those shows. If I would have to guess which one, I would go with Alan Cumming who has been nominated for every season of The Good Wife so far.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series has only two locks: Maggie Smith and Christina Hendricks. This is another category that looks ripe for a surprise, but former winner Archie Panjabi and co-star Christine Baranski look to be in good shape. The last two spots will go to some combination of January Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Rose Byrne and Morena Baccarin.
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