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LOS ANGELES — There is style to spare among actresses nominated Thursday for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards — and a few might even make waves on the red carpet.

In the leading actress drama category, Holly Hunter of “Saving Grace” and Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer” are the standouts. Hunter caused a stir more than a decade ago when she won the best actress Oscar for “The Piano” wearing a sheer, body-hugging white Vera Wang gown, which also helped propel the designer into the red-carpet big leagues. Hunter has been a loyal Wang fan ever since.

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Sedgwick is more of a fashion magpie, hopping from Oscar de la Renta to Giorgio Armani to Bottega Veneta without missing a beat. Her stylists, Estee Stanley and Cristina Ehrlich, are known for mixing it up for their clients, although they have a close relationship with de la Renta. The actress is an ideal clothes hanger, but tends to favor full-skirted gowns and cocktail-length dresses.

AMC’s critically praised “Mad Men” made Emmy history with the most nominations for a dramatic series — 16 — a first for a basic cable network, including a nomination for costume design. But its smartly clad female cast was overlooked in the acting category. So, too, were the women of “Desperate Housewives.”

As Betty Suarez on “Ugly Betty,” America Ferrera dons ill-advised ponchos, but on the red carpet, she prefers a clean silhouette. Ferrera’s look is often a jewel-toned, form-fitting gown by a lesser-known designer such as Brian Reyes, Phi or Monique Lhuillier. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” also looks her best when she sticks with what she knows: a sleek, sleeveless number by her pal Narciso Rodriguez.

With a few exceptions, Mary-Louise Parker of “Weeds” opts for dark-hued strapless dresses, the better to show off her porcelain skin, from designers such as Alberta Ferretti and J.Mendel. And Tina Fey of “30 Rock” saves the color for her jokes, rarely straying from basic black for formal affairs. Of all the funny girls, “Samantha Who?” star Christina Applegate seems to have the most fun with fashion and likes to switch her look from ethereal to edgy.

Glamour queen Vanessa Williams of “Ugly Betty” is unafraid of bright colors and body-hugging gowns by Versace and Roberto Cavalli. Australian actress Rachel Griffiths of “Brothers & Sisters,” who often works with Decades owner Cameron Silver, is also a fashion risk-taker. While Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” has received mixed reviews for her red-carpet looks, she also tends to push the fashion envelope in European designers such as Nina Ricci and Givenchy.

The presence of Catherine Keener, “An American Crime,” and Laura Linney, “John Adams,” should ensure the presence of cutting-edge designers such as Prada, a favorite of both.

The show will be broadcast on ABC Sept. 21 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live complex.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Glenn Close

Sally Field
“Brothers & Sisters”

Mariska Hargitay
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Holly Hunter
“Saving Grace”

Kyra Sedgwick
“The Closer”


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate
“Samantha Who?”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
“The New Adventures of Old Christine”

America Ferrera
“Ugly Betty”

Tina Fey
“30 Rock”

Mary-Louise Parker


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Dame Judi Dench
“Cranford” (Masterpiece Theatre)

Catherine Keener
“An American Crime”

Laura Linney
“John Adams”

Phylicia Rashad
“A Raisin in the Sun”

Susan Sarandon
“Bernard and Doris”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kristin Chenoweth
“Pushing Daisies”

Amy Poehler
“Saturday Night Live”

Jean Smart
“Samantha Who?”

Holland Taylor
“Two and a Half Men”

Vanessa Williams
“Ugly Betty”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Candice Bergen
“Boston Legal”

Rachel Griffiths
“Brothers & Sisters”

Sandra Oh
“Grey’s Anatomy”

Dianne Wiest
“In Treatment”

Chandra Wilson
“Grey’s Anatomy”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Eileen Atkins
“Cranford” (Masterpiece Theatre)

Laura Dern

Ashley Jensen
“Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale”

Audra McDonald
“A Raisin in the Sun”

Alfre Woodard
“Pictures of Hollis Woods”

Outstanding Costumes for a Series

“Desperate Housewives”
Cate Adair, costume designer
Joyce Unruh Goodwin, costume supervisor
Karo Vartanian, costume supervisor

“Mad Men”
John A. Dunn, costume designer
Lisa Padovani, assistant costume designer

“Pushing Daisies”
Mary Vogt, costume designer
Stephanie Fox-Kramer, costume supervisor

“The Tudors”
Joan Bergin, costume designer
Susan O’Connor Cave, wardrobe supervisor

“Ugly Betty”
Eduardo Castro, costume designer
Michael Chapman, costume supervisor

Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

“Bernard and Doris”
Joseph G. Aulisi, costume designer
Autumn Saville, assistant costume designer

“Comanche Moon”
Van Broughton Ramsey, costume designer
Betsey Potter, costume supervisor

“Cranford” (Masterpiece Theatre)
Jenny Beavan, costume designer
Mark Ferguson, costume supervisor

“John Adams”

Donna Zakowska, costume designer
Amy Andrews Harrell, costume supervisor
Clare Spragge, costume supervisor

“Tin Man”
Angus Strathie, costume designer
Sandi Blackie, costume supervisor

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