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Law and order candidate: Toni Collette (‘Unbelievable’) may follow in the Emmy footsteps of Cagney and Lacey and Benson

Law and order candidate: Toni Collette (‘Unbelievable’) may follow in the Emmy footsteps of Cagney and Lacey and Benson

Female crime fighters have won many times at the Emmys, from “Cagney and Lacey” stars Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, to “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” crusader Mariska Hargitay. This year the front-runner in the race for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actress according to our latest racetrack odds fits that bill. So will Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”) really prevail?

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Collette gets leading odds of 37/10 for her role as Detective Grace Rasmussen, who is investigating a series of horrific rapes. It’s a performance full of righteous indignation as she considers whether a member of law enforcement may have committed the crimes, so her dogged determination in pursuing justice for victimized women is actually a lot like Hargitay’s on “Svu.”

And Collette already has a strong awards track record, winning

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