Predicting the Emmy Nominations: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

Monica Potter Parenthood

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Yep, it’s Emmy Nomination Prediction time again! Today I’ll be looking at Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

As was the case with the Lead Actor category, all six nominees from last year are eligible to return. Last year’s winner Maggie Smith, an awards magnet, is a shoo-in to repeat for her performance on Downton Abbey, though I’m not convinced her co-star Joanne Froggatt, who scored a surprising nod last year, will join her. With her series’ end in sight, I also think Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn will be back in the running.

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, who has been nominated three times for this award, will likely score another nomination, but The Good Wife‘s Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski, who have also been nominated for the past three years, may be vulnerable. Panjabi took home the prize in 2010, but her controversial storyline may sink her chances, while the Academy may start to take Baranski, an Emmy winner for Cybil, for granted.

If one or both of The Good Wife ladies sits out this year, who will take their place? It could be former nominees Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) and Rose Byrne (Damages), or Grey’s Anatomy‘s Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh. Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke and Rectify‘s Abigail Spencer both picked up Critics Choice nominations — will they score their first nominations this year? And if Michael Cudlitz gets in for his performance on Southland, might his co-star Regina Taylor join him? There’s also Scandal‘s Bellamy Young, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin to consider.

I’m thinking the most likely women to hear their names called on July 18th, however, are Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere and Parenthood‘s Monica Potter. Panettiere is arguably a co-lead on the show, and was likely moved to this category to avoid having to compete with her co-star Connie Britton. (See my post Full Emmy Ballot Revealed — The Submissions That Make Me Go “Huh?”) She surprised many, including myself, by giving a layered, moving performance as country starlet Juliette Barnes. Potter, meanwhile, received loads of critical acclaim for her breast cancer storyline on the NBC drama. She’s been brilliant since the very first episode of the show — fragile, funny and always very, very real. I would love to see her get recognized.

Here’s how I think things will pan out:

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Hayden Panetierre, Nashville 
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

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