Danes performance as Carrie Mathison, a bipolar homeland security agent who's on the brink of a mental breakdown has Emmy written all over it. Not only was Danes hailed for her dynamic portrayal of the hard-drinking CIA officer -- dubbed "the season's strongest female character" -- she's also an Emmys favorite. Danes took home the award in 2010 for her work in the HBO movie Temple Grandin. In fact, Danes taking home the golden statue for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama is the safest bet we can make this Emmy season. Emmy chances: Excellent.