Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:06:26 GMT | By Vinnie Penn, MSN US TV contributor
2012 Primetime Emmys: Our predictions

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

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Nominees: 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 would like to see Harry's Law star Kathy Bates win this one, and I even think she has a good shot. But Claire Danes - an Emmy fave since My So-Called Life - could steal it, securing a sort of Homeland sweep. Those two aside, I see this category as where the Academy throws Downton Abbey a bone and gives it to Michelle Dockery.

Bottom line: Rooting for Bates, watching Danes or Dockery take it.