Monday, July 1, 2019

Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 16th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Alexis Bledel, Millie Bobby Brown, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey, Vanessa Kirby, Thandie Newton, Yvonne Strahovski

The competition: This category is the craziest of all, with literally one nominee from last year eligible. Defending champ Thandie Newton will contend again once her show returns, whenever that may be, Vanessa Kirby won’t be part of the next iteration of her show, and Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Millie Bobby Brown will all have the chance to be praised again once their new seasons, airing this summer, are up for consideration next year. That leaves Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) all but certain to return, along with her previously nominated costar Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), as well as another costar submitted by HBO, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones). It’s also possible that fan favorite Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) can break through from a crowded ensemble. Watch out for two nominees from two years ago to return, Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) and Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), though Aduba hasn’t been the standout player on her show for a while and Metz should be joined by Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us), her very deserving costar. She has yet to be nominated, but this seems like the time for Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul) to finally be honored alongside her male costars. It’s questionable whether Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve) and Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard) will be cited along with the showier stars of their shows. Hiam Abbass (Succession) could also be nominated. SAG honoree Julia Garner (Ozark) is probably a good bet, even if voters don’t embrace her show as much as that guild.

The predicted nominees: Garner, Headey, Seehorn, Shaw, Watson, Williams

The predicted winner: I think Williams takes it.

Next up: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

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