Emmy Nomination Preview 2012 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Claire Danes threatens Julianna Margulies and 'Mad' women lurk
Jessica Pare of 'Mad Men'
Jessica Pare, "Mad Men"
Nomination Status: "Mad Men" actresses do well in this category and "Mad Men" actresses who have had less to do have still been nominated.
In Her Favor: I though January Jones was completely deserving of the Emmy she was nominated for in this category, but Matt Weiner never showed the love for her that he showed for Jessica Pare in her first season as a cast regular. From "Zou Bisou Bisou" to orange sherbet to the increased depression as the season progressed, this "Mad Men" season was pretty heavily invested in Megan and Jessica Pare shined.
Working Against Her: Some people have suggested she should have started in Supporting and worked her way up. Other people have complained that there was too much Megan this year. I just figure that if Emmy voters have been able to give Emmy nods to three different "Mad Men" actresses (five, if you include Cara Buono and Randee Heller), there's absolutely no reason Pare shouldn't get a nod.