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Rose Byrne of 'Damages'
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Nomination Status: Two-time nominee could move back into the field if Emmy voters realize "Damages" is still on.
In Her Favor: Byrne earned nominations for the two most recent seasons of "Damages," but the show's 14-month hiatus as it shifted from FX to DirecTV knocked her out of contention for last year's Emmys. As a lead miscategorized in the supporting category, Rose Byrne continues to do more emotional heavy-lifting than anybody else in this field. And she does it on a weekly basis. A Hendricks or a Baranski or a Panjabi might have whole episodes in which they're barely a factor, but Byrne is front and center every week. She also does what she does well, even if Ellen Parsons' intensity can be a little one-note at times. Even if it's been a year, Byrne also still benefits a tiny bit from her "Bridesmaids" work, which let viewers and voters know that she's impressively capable of working in totally different shades.
Working Against Her: It remains to be seen what impact airing only on DirecTV will have on a show. "Friday Night Lights" actually gained Emmy juice after moving to DirecTV, but that favorite continued to air on NBC as well, which exposed it to an even larger audience. Even if Emmy voters were sent an entire season on screeners, it would be possible for folks to have forgotten that "Damages" exists at all.