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Mariska Hargitay of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
Nomination Status: A former winner and perennial nominee
Bottom Line: In Hargitay's recent contract nominations, I hope that actress was able to get a clause that mandates that the writers keep giving her exactly one (or sometimes two) Emmy Bait Episodes per season, episodes where Detective Benson gets to become personally or emotionally involved in a case. It never fails that most of the time "SVU" is just a straight-forward procedural with the focus on the guest stars, but you can see Hargitay's episodes coming from a mile away. Good for her. Nominations five years in a row? Expect a sixth.