2010 Emmys: Supporting Actor and Actress smackdown

modern-family-emmy-smackdown.jpgThe 2010 Emmys are shaping up to be quite the thunderdome between supporting actors and actresses from the same show. "Modern Family," "Lost," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men" all have multiple nominees in the supporting categories -- so who is going to take home the statue?

In the Comedy supporting categories, almost every adult from "Modern Family" is nominated. Ed O'Neill is the only one left off the list, but the Actor category includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell. The Actress category has Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen. Will so many nominations, for what is truly an ensemble effort, cancel each other out? Could "Glee's" first-time nominee Chris Colfer or "How I Met Your Mother's" Neil Patrick Harris sneak in there for the win? It will be NPH's fourth nomination in a row -- maybe it's finally his year? What about first-time nominee Jane Lynch or two-time nominee Jane Krakowski in the Actress category? If Sofia and Julie split the "Modern Family"-lovers votes, could a Jane take home the gold?

Over on the drama side of things, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson are once again facing off for "Lost." This is the third nomination for O'Quinn and the fourth for Emerson, though they were only up against one another in 2007. That year, O'Quinn took home the statue. Emerson got his in 2009. Will there be another one for "Lost?"

In the Supporting Actress category, "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks each snagged a nomination. This is Moss' first Supporting Actress nom, as she was previously up for Lead Actress in a Drama, while this is Hendricks' first nomination for an Emmy.

The other repeat nominee is "The Good Wife," as both Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi are up for Supporting Actress in a Drama. This is Baranski's first foray into a Drama nom, as she has six previous nominations (and one win) to her name but all under the Comedy category. This is Panjabi's first nomination. Might those double show nominations let "Burn Notice" nominee Sharon Gless return to the Emmy podium? She was nominated six years in a row in the 1980s for "Cagney & Lacey," winning in 1986 and 1987, but this is her first nomination for "Burn Notice" and her 10th overall.

Here's the list of all the major category nominations and Zap2it's full Emmy coverage.

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