2014 Nomination Predictions
Helena Bonham Carter "Burton and Taylor"
Rebecca Ferguson "The White Queen"
Whoopi Goldberg "A Day Late and Dollar Short"
Jessica Lange "American Horror Story: Coven"
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Coven"
Cicely Tyson "The Trip to Bountiful"
Other Contenders - Minnie Driver "Return to Zero", Toni Collette "Hostages", Zoe Saldana "Rosemary's Baby", Mary-Louis Parker "Christmas in Conway", Khandi Alexander "Treme", Carrie Underwood "The Sound of Music"
Commentary - This is not a very deep category this year, as most of the contenders filling out the categories are doing so on name recognition, not necessarily because of the performance or show. Take Mary-Louise Parker and Toni Collette for example, two Emmy winners in less-than-stellar roles that still have a shot because they are, well them. But I essentially think that this is a seven-way race for six slots. I currently have Minnie Driver on the outside looking in, simply because I'm still not sure if the voters will respond to Return to Zero. We know that in the end, this will probably be a battle between Jessica Lange and Cicely Tyson. Lange took home the Critics Choice Award, but in the end, I think Emmy voters will have a better response to Tyson's Tony-winning role being brought to life on screen. Either way though it is going to be a hell of a race. Helena Bonham Carter makes a great Elizabeth Taylor, and the film received enough positive reviews, and lacks too much competition, to not make a splash in many categories, this one being a pretty safe bet. Many people are doubting Sarah Paulson's return to the race, but I think that she is really on the rise. She has earned back to back nominations in the supporting category, is fantastic this season, and has had some other splashy roles, including her turn the Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave. I think shes in. The last two slots are between Driver, Whoopi Goldberg, who reminded us she is first and foremost an actress even though A Day Late and a Dollar Short was a bit underwhelming, and Rebecca Ferguson, who had a star-making turn in the adaptation of The White Queen. It will be interesting to see which of the three makes the cut. Or if all three do, and someone big gets snubbed.