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Katey Sagal of 'Sons of Anarchy'
Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Nomination Status: It's Sepinwall's job to do "wishful thinking" and our job to do actual predictions, but forgive us this one piece of wood-knocking.
In Her Favor: Glenn Close and Julianna Margulies are fine, but the year's best performance by a lead actress in a drama series was given by Katey Sagal on FX's "Sons of Anarchy." Gemma was put through the wringer and despite a Job-ian series of misfortunes, Sagal didn't have an emotionally false moment all season long. We don't want to take anything away from "Married with Children" when we say that this has been a remarkable and welcome career reinvention from Sagal and we'd like to hope that her work is so self-evidently superb that even "SoA"-adverse Emmy voters won't be able to ignore it. FX has also made a concerted effort to promote both "Sons of Anarchy" in general (probably a lost cause) and Sagal (much more plausible) to Emmy voters.
Working Against Her: You just never know with Emmy voters and FX. "Damages" is beloved. "The Shield" got a year or two of notice and vanished. "Rescue Me" has been a mixed bag. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has never even gotten a glance. And heck, "Sons of Anarchy" *did* get an Emmy nomination for Main Title Theme Music last season, so maybe that'll be a building block?