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All Drama As Emmy Stars Begin Their Fight

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Jul 03, 2008 | 4:01am EDT

Gabriel ByrneEddie Izzard and James Spader will be among the stars fighting for a Best Drama Actor honor at the Emmy Awards, while a pregnant Minnie Driver and Sally Field are favorites for the Best Actress prize.

The quintet has been selected among the 20 semi-finalists on a shortlist.

Driver and Izzard are shortlisted for The Riches, while Byrne gets a nod for playing a psychiatrist on In TreatmentBoston Public gave Spader the chance to fight for an Emmy.

Other actors on the top 10 list include Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Hugh Laurie (House).

As well as Driver and FieldPatricia Arquette (Medium), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) and Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) are among those under consideration for Best Actress.

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