Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Uzo Aduba, Toni Collette, Margo Martindale, Jean Smart, Holland Taylor, Tracey Ullman

The competition: This category features a number of past nominees who could easily return, including three women who were included last year. Among those, the surest thing is Jean Smart (Mare of Easttown), who will also be nominated for her leading comedy role in “Hacks.” Uzo Aduba (Solos) might benefit from her own lead role, in “In Treatment,” while Margo Martindale is actually here for two projects: “Your Honor” and “Uncle Frank,” though neither is likely to earn her a nomination. All three have internal competition to fend off. Smart’s closest rival is Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown), and enthusiasm for the show could also bring in a younger star like Sosie Bacon (Mare of Easttown) or Angourie Rice (Mare of Easttown). Aduba plays a role in one of her anthology series’ seven episodes, and Helen Mirren (Solos) and Anne Hathaway (Solos) are also possible. Martindale has a smaller role in her Showtime limited series than Hope Davis (Your Honor), who may be the show’s best chance at a nomination aside from star Bryan Cranston. Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision) is a good bet, and if voters love her show, then either Teyonah Parris (WandaVision) or Kat Dennings (WandaVision) could join her. If the filmed version of an acclaimed Broadway musical is what voters want, RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) could be looking pretty given her leading role in “Girls5eva,” and Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) or Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) could be celebrated too. I sincerely hope that Marielle Heller (The Queen’s Gambit) doesn’t get snubbed, and, though I know there’s no chance of it happening, recognition for Isla Johnston (The Queen’s Gambit), who plays the younger version of Anya Taylor-Joy’s character in the first two episodes, would be wonderful. Letitia Wright (Small Axe) is also looking good. Other actresses who could factor in are Noma Dumezweni (The Undoing), Sheila Atim (The Underground Railroad), Weruche Opia (I May Destroy You), Kaitlyn Dever (Coastal Elites), and Whoopi Goldberg (The Stand). I’d be thrilled to see Krysta Rodriguez (Halston) included, who was wonderful to speak with, and I wish that Jurnee Smollett (The Twilight Zone) had a better shot and that some of her costars had also been submitted. It would be lovely to see the late Helen McCrory (Roadkill) honored for a strong final performance, and it saddens me that Jessie Buckley (Fargo), who should be a shoo-in, may not make it in at all.

The predicted nominees: Buckley, Hahn, Heller, Nicholson, Smart, Wright

The predicted winner: While Nicholson could win, I’ll bet on Hahn provided she gets nominated in the first place.

Next up: Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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