Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
See why Jennifer Aniston, Patricia Heaton, Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jane Kaczmarek are Emmy's favorites
JENNIFER ANISTON, ''FRIENDS'' Last year in this category she won the Emmy -- and virtually every other award in Hollywood -- for playing expectant mother Rachel. Now that Rachel has a daughter, she may still be the front-runner among her mostly motherly competitors.
PATRICIA HEATON, ''EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND'' For playing Debra Barone and putting up with a whiny husband and meddling in-laws, Heaton has been nominated five times and won twice, in 2000 and 2001. This year she broadened her resume by writing a book, ''Motherhood & Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine.''
DEBRA MESSING, ''WILL & GRACE'' Messing has been nominated four times for her performance as ''Will & Grace'''s straight woman (literally and figuratively). She's also the only one of the show's four stars who's never won. Could her storyline this season, marked by her impulsive marriage to Leo Markus (Harry Connick Jr.), change her luck?
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, ''SEX AND THE CITY'' Besides demonstrating what happens when real people have sex in the city, Parker's pregnancy upstaged the series and halted production. But after the five-time Emmy nominee and her husband, Matthew Broderick, brought home son James last October, she returned to play Carrie, looking as svelte and sexy as ever.
Sarah Jessica Parker
JANE KACZMAREK, ''MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE'' For the second time during ''Malcolm'''s run, four-time nominee Kaczmarek (who plays Lois) became pregnant. This time, the writers wrote her condition into the series, giving Malcolm, Francis, Reese, and Dewey a new sibling. It was Kaczmarek's third child and Lois' fifth.