Thursday, July 12, 2018

Emmy Nominees: Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

My predictions: 4/6, picking Jodi Balfour and Marisa Tomei over Davis and Jenrette

Viola Davis (Scandal) pulled off an impressive feat – she got dropped from the best actress field for “How to Get Away with Murder” after three consecutive bids, but managed to score a nomination here for playing the same role on another show, joining her onscreen mother, returning nominee Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder). Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) is also back for a memorable, tour de force performance on her show. I remembered her from her role on “Grandfathered” but less so for her appearance as a jilted ex in an intense flashback, and it’s not a small thing that Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale) knocked out expected nominee Marisa Tomei to join Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale) and last year’s supporting nominee Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) to dominate this category with portrayals of strong women cast into unfortunate circumstances in a dystopian future.

Who should win? I haven’t seen Davis’ or Tyson’s work this year, but I’d probably choose Rigg.
Who will win? Conventional wisdom says Rigg finally wins, but one of the handmaid’s representatives easily could too.

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