Ladies next! And the fiercest females in TV drama are:
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife
Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in Harry’s Law
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men
I’ll admit that I only caught one episode of Harry’s Law, and even the talented Bates got on my nerves. Moving on. Close and Margulies are also making like legal eagles on their respective shows. Close is a major long shot. Emmy’s been good to Margulies, so she stands a real chance of repeating. Dockery, the romantic heroine of Downton, might bewitch voters. And Moss is never anything but amazing as Peggy (but let’s be real; Jessica Pare was the true leading lady of the most recent batch on Mad Men episodes).
For the most part, all strong turns, but no one is beating Danes. Her Carrie is the type of role every actress covets. She’s smart, she’s strong, and she gets to deal with issues both familial and romantic. And to top it all off, she’s kind of crazy! But seriously, we didn’t know how fragile Carrie’s psyche is until she started searching for patterns in every one of Brody’s actions and wallpapering her living room with these theories. And what’s truly terrifying for Carrie and us is that she properly connects the dots, but no one believes her. It’s a phenomenal performance by a tremendous actress, and if you’re a betting person, here’s a sure place to set down your money.