Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series

2015 Contenders
Hiam Abbass "The Red Tent"
Jane Alexander "The Book of Negroes"
Khandi Alexander "Bessie"
Lubna Azabal "The Honorable Woman"
Morena Baccarin "The Red Tent"
Angela Bassett "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Kathy Bates "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Eve Best "The Honorable Woman"
Angela Bettis "Dig"
Emily Bevan "The Casual Vacancy"
Ciara Bravo "Red Band Society"
Sandra Caldwell "The Book of Negroes"
Lolita Chakrabarti "The Casual Vacancy"
Ria Choony "The Casual Vacancy"
Chipo Chung "A.D.: The Bible Continues"
Kristen Connolly "Houdini"
Frances Conroy "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Judy Davis "Worricker: Salting the Battlefield"
Emile Dequenne "The Missing"
Rosemarie DeWitt "Olive Kitteridge"
Monica Dolan "The Casual Vacancy"
Ann Dowd "Olive Kitteridge"
Minnie Driver "The Red Tent"
Lindsay Duncan "The Honorable Woman"
Clea DuVall "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles"
Michelle Fairley "24: Live Another Day"
Rebecca Ferguson "The Red Tent"
Phoebe Fox "A Poet in New York"
Claire Foy "Wolf Hall"
Melissa George "The Slap"
Caitlin Gerard "American Crime"
Victoria Hamilton "The Game"
Keeley Hawes "The Casual Vacancy"
Madilyn Horcher "Gracepoint"
Gleendilys Inoa "American Crime"
Marin Ireland "The Slap"
Felicity Jones "Worrkicker: Salting the Battlefield"
Zoe Kazan "Olive Kitteridge"
Regina King "American Crime"
Virginia Kull "Gracepoint"
Abigail Lawrie "The Casual Vacancy"
Zoe Levin "Red Band Society"
Julia McKenzie "The Casual Vacancy"
Janet McTeer "The Honorable Woman"
Monique "Bessie"
Mandy Moore "Red Band Society"
Genevieve O'Reilly "The Honorable Woman"
Thandie Newton "The Slap"
Cynthia Nixon "Stockholm, Pennsylvania"
Katherine Parkinson "The Honorable Woman"
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Elizabeth Perkins "One Child"
Chloe Pirrie "The Game"
Sarah-Jane Potts "Gracepoint"
Jessica Raine "Wolf Hall"
Mary Lynn Rajskub "24: Live Another Day"
Kim Raver "24: Live Another Day"
Emma Roberts "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Vinette Robinson "The Red Tent"
Susan Sarandon "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"
Hannah Steele "Wolf Hall"
Alison Sudol "Dig"
Regina Taylor "Dig"
Uma Thurman "The Slap"
Maria Tucci "The Slap"
Emily Watson "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"
Jacki Weaver "Gracepoint"
Honeysuckle Weeks "Foyle's War: Elise, The Final Mystery"
Joanne Whalley "A.D.: The Bible Continues"
Olivia Williams "Worricker: Salting the Battlefield"
Debra Winger "The Red Tent"

Commentary - Every year, the same question presents itself: how many American Horror Story actresses are going to get in. Sarah Paulson (who dropped back down to supporting) and Kathy Bates are probably safe bets, but don't forget Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy (both nominees last year), let alone Emma Roberts. Last year, they got three, they could easily get three, heck four, again. The Honorable Woman will surely get Maggie Gyllenhaal in for lead, but Janet McTeer and Lindsay Duncan could also benefit from strong reviews and overall positive reception. Olive Kitteridge will probably get a lot of nominations, but I'm not sure that Zoe Kazan or Ann Dowd can breakthrough, although either would be a nice nomination. Bessie premieres this Saturday, and it looks fantastic, and both Monique and Khandi Alexander got recognition for the BTJA. A repeat looks pretty good at this point. We have yet to see The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, but even if it is bad, never discount names like Emily Watson and Susan Sarandon. The 24 gang is back, meaning another chance for Kim Raver, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michelle Fairley. The Red Tent got mixed reviews, but Debra Winger, Minnie Driver, Rebecca Ferguson and Morena Baccarin did well with those same critics and are popular actresses with proven track records. American Crime managed to get renewed despite its low ratings, which also helps bolster its Emmy chances, which were already pretty good thanks to its rave reviews. So look out for Regina King (who is owed a nomination after years of quality television work), and the other actresses from the series. Wolf Hall is going to be popular with voters, with several potentials, the best being Claire Foy. The Slap was bad, but Uma Thurman and Melissa George should not be discounted. Also watch out for Judy Davis, Jacki Weaver, Abigail Lawrie, Jane Alexander, and the actresses from Red Band Society.

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