Thursday, September 1, 2022

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. Submitted episode titles are in parentheses. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

Hope Davis as Sandi Furness, Succession (Retired Janitors of Idaho)
Davis was previously nominated for “In Treatment” and then again the following year for playing Hillary Clinton in “The Special Relationship.” When I spoke with her last year about her role in “Your Honor,” she mentioned that she was going to have a role on this show. Ultimately, it wasn’t much of a part, and while her line delivery is always great, I’m a bit surprised that she’s here since this is not one of her more memorable performances.

Marcia Gay Harden as Maggie Brener, The Morning Show (Testimony)
Harden was previously nominated for “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” and for guest-starring on “Law and Order: SVU.” She has a strong recurring role on this show, joining stars Reese Witherspoon and Billy Crudup to round out its three total nominations, playing a journalist and author who sticks by her right to get a good story, regardless of who gets hurt in the process. I don’t think it’s a part that will win her this prize, but it’s good to see her honored for consistent strong work.

Martha Kelly as Laurie, Euphoria (Stand Still Like the Hummingbird)
Kelly is a fantastic actress who also appeared in this season of “Hacks,” and I had the pleasure of meeting her briefly at the recent Hollywood Critics Association TV awards. She takes a very humorous demeanor and turns it into something both hilarious and terrifying as a drug dealer with a vested interest in the success – and reliability – of her employees. She gets solid screen time opposite Zendaya in her submitted episode, and a win for her very much could happen.

Sanaa Lathan as Lisa Arthur, Succession (What It Takes)
I’m a big fan of Lathan from her work on shows like “Boss” and “The Affair,” and while I’m thrilled that she’s now an Emmy nominee, there’s not all that much to remember from her role as a lawyer on a show full of big performances, enough to fill half this category. I’d love to see her be crowned an Emmy winner someday, but this part just isn’t enough to get her there.

Lee Yoo-mi as Ji-Yeong, Squid Game (Gganbu)
This is a wonderful choice and exciting inclusion, a foreign-language nominee from a show that broke Emmy records for an international series. And Yoo-mi is terrific, playing a rare purely nice person who accepts the nature of the game that she’s forced to play and has excellent scenes opposite Jung Ho-yeon. While it’s true that voters may not know her name, she stands out so much in this episode and other parts of the series, which I think will be enough to propel her to a win.

Harriet Walter as Caroline Collingwood, Succession (Chiantishire)
Walter was nominated for this role two years ago, and now she’s back with a comedy guest acting bid for the second most-popular show with Emmy voters, “Ted Lasso, to go along with this one. Walter makes a very distinct impression in season three in the penultimate episode, and those who have been watching will also remember her part in the finale. If Yoo-mi doesn’t win here, I think Walter has a very good shot to represent her show for a fierce and unforgiving turn.

Who should win (based on entire season): N/A
Who should win (based on individual episodes): Yoo-mi or Kelly
Who will win: I’m going with Yoo-mi.

Next up: Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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