2014 Nomination Predictions
Angela Bassett "American Horror Story: Coven"
Kathy Bates "American Horror Story: Coven"
Jacqueline Bisset "Dancing on the Edge"
Ellen Burstyn "Flowers in the Attic"
Julia Roberts "The Normal Heart"
Allison Tolman "Fargo"
Other Contenders - Janet McTeer "The White Queen", Audra McDonald "The Sound of Music", Kathy Baker "Return to Zero", Vanessa Williams "The Trip to Bountiful", Connie Nielson "Return to Zero", Frances Conroy "American Horror Story: Coven", Gabourey Sidibe "American Horror Story: Coven", Emma Roberts "American Horror Story: Coven", Lily Rabe "American Horror Story: Coven", Jamie Brewer "American Horror Story: Coven", Taissa Farmiga "American Horror Story: Coven", Kate Walsh "Fargo", Kate Walsh "Full Circle", Amanda Abbington "Sherlock: His Last Vow", Anika Noni Rose "A Day Late and a Dollar Short", Tichina Arnold "A Day Late and a Dollar Short", Kimberley Elise "A Day Late and a Dollar Short", Holly Hunter "Bonnie and Clyde", Kate Hudson "Clear History", Ruth Wilson "Luther"
Commentary - This is an incredibly tough race, and it is really hard to gauge which way Emmy voters will go. I expect Julia Roberts will make the cut, simply because she is an Oscar-winning superstar. But I will say, while she was fine in the film, it was far from her best work (especially considering her work in August: Osage County last year), but that will not stop a lot of people voting for her. Some still say that Allison Tolman is on the borderline of making the cut, despite her recent win at the Critics Choice Television Awards. If she gets snubbed this year, it will be an awful tragedy. I don't think she can win up against the acting titans that will most likely populate the race, but I think the popularity of Fargo alone will help her at least earn her first Emmy nomination. Ellen Burstyn won this race last year, criminally robbing Sarah Paulson of a deserved Emmy, and you better believe she will be back again as the bad bitch of Flowers in the Attic, even if the production as a whole will most likely be ignored. Then there are the American Horror Story girls. There are about nine women in that cast that actually have a legitimate shot, but of course, only one or two will actually make it into the race. I think Kathy Bates is solidly in the top six, because she has the flashiest performance of the bunch. I also think though that her rival and counterpart Angela Bassett, who gets some meaty material as the Voodoo Queen, will also make it in. She is a popular actress, an Emmy and Oscar nominee, and a Golden Globe winner, and frankly one of the legends in the game right now. Her position is shaky, as is Jacqueline Bisset's. Sure she won the Globe, but we see so much disparity between the Television Academy and the HFPA. Also, when she did win, she gave this drunk, strange speech that might be endearing to some, but also might be a turn off. Either way I think she is a contender, but there are several actress aiming to unseat her. First is Janet McTeer, a two-time Oscar nominee that many are predicting (and I might soon), because of her stature in the acting community, and her great turn in the film. The Sound of Music may have been a dud, but Audra McDonald is certainly not. She is six-time Tony winner with an angelic voice. And when she sings, she wins awards. Definitely a dark horse contender. Vanessa Williams was nominated so many times for Ugly Betty, and holds her own against Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood. Kathy Baker is a three-time Emmy winner in an incredibly emotional role in Return to Zero, a film whose buzz is growing at just the right time. And don't forget the rest of the Coven cast, especially Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, and Gabourey Sidibe. This race will be a tight one to the finish line.