Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law (NBC)
Who Will Win: Critics and votes fawn over The Good Wife. Like Amy Poehler and Parks And Rec, however, they might use Oustanding Actress as the field to give some shine to the underdog series they have no intention of honoring and go with Connie Britton.
Who Should Win: Nobody likes the bully (in this case, Mad Men), but Elisabeth Moss really did kill it last season. There's also the crafty Mireille Enos, who chose to submit the best episode ("Missing") of her polarizing AMC show. Whatever our problems with the back end of The Killing, Enos was never to blame and did her best to, in the immortal words of Chuck Sheen, turn the little tin can into gold.
Who Was Snubbed: Anna Torv played a tortured FBI agent, an alternate reality version of a tortured FBI agent, an FBI agent possessed by Leonard Nimoy, and the dystopian future version of formerly mentioned tortured FBI agent on FOX's severely underrated Fringe, all without breaking a sweat. Talk about something for nothing. As for Katey Sagal, who's also worth a mention here, she's stellar on Sons Of Anarchy, but the truth is that Season Two, for which she won a Golden Globe, was her real showcase, not the show's most recent run.