Best Actress in a Drama, 2010
The New Golden Age gets tarnished once again. In 2010, performers from the cream of the prestige-drama crop were up for the top honor, including Julianna Marguiles from The Good Wife, Glenn Close from Damages, Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, and the perpetually underrated January Jones from Mad Men. Also in the fray: Mariska Hargitay, holding down Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with the single most important female character in the history of the police-procedural genre. But Kyra Sedgwick took the trophy as the title character in TNT's The Closer — not garbage by any means, but the kind of show that put the "basic" in "basic cable."