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Poll: Who's next to win an Emmy for 'Law & Order: SVU'?

Which famous actress is next in line to win an Emmy for appearing in a guest role on "Law & Order: SVU"? The detective series has had a lock on the race for the last four years, with victories by Leslie Caron, Cynthia Nixon, Ellyn Burstyn and Ann-Margret. Below are the leading candidates this year. Episode lists include titles, air dates and plot descriptions.

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Shohreh Aghdashloo ("Dirty," Dec.14, 2010 - Det. Sunny Qadri) -- Det. Qadri helps investigate when her colleague, a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, is raped and murdered, but the probe reveals that Qadri killed the assistant district attorney to keep her from finding out about drug money Qadri stole from evidence. 

Maria Bello ("Trophy," Dec. 7; "Rescue," Dec. 10 - Vivian Arliss) -- Vivian is the alcoholic, pill-popping daughter of a woman now suffering from Alzheimer's. Vivian was conceived as the result of her mother's 1970 rape; Det. Benson, also a child of rape, suspects Vivian is her half-sister, but a DNA test disproves the theory. At the end of "Trophy," Vivian is suspected of killing her father (her mother's rapist) and sends her son Calvin to the police station with a letter that gives Benson custody of the boy. In "Rescue," Vivian reappears, leading to the discovery of Calvin's father and the real killer of her mother's rapist. Calvin is taken to live with his father's family while Vivian enters rehab. 

Joan Cusack ("Locum," Dec. 1 - Pamela Barton) -- Pamela is the adoptive mother of foster child Mackenzie and calls the police when Mackenzie goes missing. She and her husband have an older daughter, who was kidnapped 10 years earlier in a case that was never solved. When Mackenzie is found, the detectives suspect the parents of abuse, but the investigation eventually leads to their older daughter, who is finally reunited with her parents. 

Marcia Gay Harden ("Penetration," Dec. 8 - FBI Agent Dana Lewis) -- While working undercover, Agent Lewis is raped and enlists Benson and Stabler to find her attacker. When she identifies and confronts her rapist, he denies committing the crime, but during the trial Lewis takes the stand to recount the incident, which leads Benson to discover a connection to a case Lewis previously investigated. 

Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Behave," Dec. 3 - Vicki Sayers) -- Vicki is a woman who has been raped four times by the same man over the last 15 years and lives as a shut-in afraid to leave her home. Though she identifies her attacker, there is not enough evidence to hold him until the detectives uncover missing evidence from one of Vicki's previous rapes. When the perpetrator is arrested, Vicki confronts him and says, "Behave yourself," just as he told her when he attacked her. 

Christine Lahti ("Gray," Dec. 9; "Pursuit," Dec.17 - Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton) –- Executive Assistant Dist. Atty. Paxton prosecutes the alleged rapist of a local college student in "Gray," in order to redeem herself after appearing drunk in court in a previous episode. But she ends up arguing before the judge who ordered her into rehab. In "Pursuit," Paxton helps in the investigation to find the person who abducted Debra Messing's sister, but she gets too close to the case and ends up getting killed. 

Debra Messing ("Pursuit," Dec. 17 - Alicia Harding) -- Alicia is a TV journalist who hosts a show targeting sexual predators and starts receiving threats involving the unsolved disappearance of her sister. Alicia interviews the perpetrator, and he confesses to killing 44 women.

Rita Wilson ("Delinquent," Dec. 23 - Bree Walsh) -- Bree is the overbearing mother of a 14-year-old boy who is suspected of multiple rapes but may also have been a victim of rape. Bree covers for, and defends, her son at every turn, but eventually confesses that her son was molested by a babysitter when he was 7 and that she refused to report it in the hope that the boy would get over it. The boy tracks down his molester and kills her.

-- Tom O'Neil

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Photo: Shohreh Aghdashloo, left, and Mariska Hargitay in "Law & Order: SVU." Credit: NBC

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i hope my very favortie actor wins again to nite mariska hargitay is my very very favortie actor on svu i would like to see mariska hargitay win to nite i think she needs another award mariska is my very very favortie actor go mariska hargitay

Elizabeth Mitchell!

Where is Elizabeth Mitchell? If she was nominated for an episode last year where she had about 10 mintues of screen time and cried and/or just stood there in it, then surely she can be nominated for an entire episode where she was heartbreaking and made you truly think she committed the crime until the twist at the end. Seriously, Debra Messing? Just because she did comedy and then did okay in a drama episode doesn't make her a shoe-in. Someone who does more drama and excels consistently should, like Elizabeth Mitchell.

Uhm dude? What about Elixabeth Mitchell? I will not give my vote unless you add her...

Elizabeth Mitchell all the way. Her performance this season is probably the most Emmy-worthy. How is she not on this list?

You forgot Elizabeth Mitchel. She gave a great performance in her guest spot, plus she was nominated for Lost (for very little screen time) proving the academy loves her (and she deserves it).

I did vote for JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT !! She was amazing in SVU, I was speechless watching her episode ("Behave") She deserves an Emmy for her role because she was very emotional, I don't know where she gets all that emotion when she acts but it's amazing and unique! She is so believable and touching that's why she is a very talented actress, she is special, she has something other actresses has not. I think it's difficult playing such a role, a woman who has been raped over and over again by the say guy since she was a teenager. But she did it and she did it well !Love her so much ! ♥

I thought Jennifer Love Hewitt was tops this season really... but for her coming to SVU as a cop... we'll see, I'll leave it at that.

My #2 pick would have been Marcia Gay Harden who was very moving in "Penetration" and then #3 would be either Christine Lahti or Rita Wilson.

I just hope for the 13th season, SVU stays out of the personal lives of our beloved characters and sticks to solving the sex crimes, and picking someone (Diane Neal) to be the permanent ADA so we can see the trial aspects of SVU again.

I did vote for JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT !! She was amazing in SVU, I was speechless watching her episode ("Behave") She deserves an Emmy for her role because she was very emotional, I don't know where she gets all that emotion when she acts but it's amazing and unique! She is so believable and touching that's why she is a very talented actress, she is special, she has something other actresses has not. I think it's difficult playing such a role, a woman who has been raped over and over again by the say guy since she was a teenager. But she did it and she did it well !! Please, VOTE JLH because she makes the difference...Love her so much ! ♥



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