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Christina Hendricks of 'Mad Men'
Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Nomination Status: "Mad Men" bombshell should continue her streak.
In Her Favor: Once again, Hendricks has disappeared from "Mad Men" seemingly for months at a stretch, but when Joan returns, viewers cheer. Joan's night on the town and her frustration with Don and her attempts to woo Avon have definitely given Hendricks enough to do that even if you ignore the episodes she missed, you never forget her contributes. It's still sad, though, that Hendricks failed to win in 2012. With "The Other Woman," it really ought to have been her year. She probably won't have a showcase that good again this season.
Working Against Her: Emmy voters have shown that they're willing to forgive supporting players the occasional episodic absence, so nothing is working against Hendricks for a nomination, even if Emmy voters seem determined to never give a trophy to a "Mad Men" castmember.