LOS ANGELES — The battle to dress television’s top talent kicked off Thursday with the 57th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, and designers and stylists have their work cut out for them.

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” breathed some fresh air into the lead actress category with three nominees, and Patricia Arquette and Sandra Oh were new faces in the crowd. None of the women are strangers to the red carpet, but it will be interesting to see if any of them learn from past mistakes. And whose dress will showcase newlywed Jennifer Garner’s bump? Find out when the show is broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m., Sept. 18, from the Shrine Auditorium here.

  • Lead Actress, Drama
    Patricia Arquette, “Medium,” NBC
    Glenn Close, “The Shield,” F/X
    Frances Conroy, “Six Feet Under,” HBO
    Jennifer Garner, “Alias,” ABC
    Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC
  • Lead Actress, Comedy
    Marcia Cross, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC
    Teri Hatcher, “Desperate Housewives”
    Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS
    Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
    Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle,” FOX
  • Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
    Halle Berry, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” ABC
    Blythe Danner, “Back When We Were Grownups,” CBS
    S. Epatha Merkerson, “Lackawanna Blues,” HBO
    Cynthia Nixon, “Warm Springs,” HBO
    Debra Winger, “Dawn Anna,” Lifetime
  • Supporting Actress, Drama
    Stockard Channing, “The West Wing,” NBC
    Tyne Daly, “Judging Amy,” CBS
    Blythe Danner, “Huff,” Showtime
    Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC
    CCH Pounder, “The Shield”
  • Supporting Actress, Comedy
    Conchata Ferrell, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS
    Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace,” NBC
    Doris Roberts, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS
    Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men”
    Jessica Walter, “Arrested Development,” FOX
  • Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
    Jane Alexander, “Warm Springs”
    Kathy Bates, “Warm Springs”
    Camryn Manheim, “Elvis,” CBS
    Charlize Theron, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” HBO
    Joanne Woodward, “Empire Falls,” HBO
  • Costumes, Series
    Catherine Adair, “Desperate Housewives”
    Katherine Jane Bryant, “Deadwood,” HBO
    Laura Goldsmith, “Alias”
    Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko, “Carnivale,” HBO
    Jill Ohanneson, “Six Feet Under”
  • Costumes, Miniseries or Movie
    Eduardo Castro, “Elvis”
    Odile Dicks-Mireaux, “The Lost Prince,” PBS
    Hope Hanafin, “Warm Springs”
    Jill Taylor, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”
    Jeannine Wiest, “Conquest of America: The Southwest,” The History Channel
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