The nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards are in, and Law & Order SVU is the only show in the franchise that garnered any nominations. Here is the list – and the competition.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC • Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios
Mariska Hargitay, as Detective Olivia Benson
Brothers & Sisters • ABC • ABC Studios
Sally Field, as Nora Walker
Damages • FX Networks • FX Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Glenn Close, as Patty Hewes
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Elisabeth Moss, as Peggy Olson
Saving Grace • TNT • Fox Television
Holly Hunter, as Grace Hanadarko
The Closer • TNT • The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television
Kyra Sedgwick, as Brenda Leigh Johnson
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Swing • NBC • Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios
Ellen Burstyn, as Bernadette Stabler
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Persona • NBC • Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios
Brenda Blethyn, as Linnie Malcolm/Caroline Cantwell
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Ballerina • NBC • Wolf Films in association with Universal Media Studios
Carol Burnett, as Bridget "Birdie" Sulloway
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency • The Boy With The African Heart • HBO • Mirage Enterprises and Cinechicks in association with The Weinstein Company, BBC and HBO Entertainment
CCH Pounder, as Mrs. Curtin
Grey's Anatomy • No Good At Saying Sorry (One More Chance) • ABC • ABC Studios
Sharon Lawrence, as Robbie Stevens
Congratulations to all! My personal opinion – it may sound like blasphemy to SVU fans - is that Krya Sedgwick and Elizabeth Moss had far stronger performances and Mariska will likely not win. I think it is hard for anyone in the L&O franchise to be nominated or win because the often impersonal nature of their characters doesn’t allow for much depth. A pity really, because many of them are so talented. (Don’t get me started on the snubs of Sam Waterston, who had some stellar years as Jack McCoy, so much that his character was long ago considered an icon.)
If I had my pick of the guest actresses, I’d say that Brenda Blethyn’s performance was the best I had seen of any guest star in the franchise, but Carol Burnett was great as well.
The 2009 Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20th at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.
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