Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2015 Contenders
Uzo Aduba "Orange is the New Black"
Joan Allen "The Killing"
Annaleigh Ashford "Masters of Sex"
Christine Baranski "The Good Wife"
Bonnie Bedelia "Parenthood"
Camren Bicondova "Gotham"
Amy Brenneman "The Leftovers"
Danielle Brooks "Orange is the New Black"
Joy Bryant "Parenthood"
Jessica Capshaw "Grey's Anatomy"
Linda Cardellini "Bloodline"
Laura Carmichael "Downton Abbey"
Erika Christensen "Parenthood"
Gwendoline Christie "Game of Thrones"
Emilia Clarke "Game of Thrones"
Adelaide Clemens "Rectify"
Carrie Coon "The Leftovers"
Laverne Cox "Orange is the New Black"
Geena Davis "Grey's Anatomy"
Kim Dickens "House of Cards"
Ann Dowd "The Leftovers"
Sarah Drew "Grey's Anatomy"
Katie Findlay "How to Get Away With Murder"
Caitlin FitzGerald "Masters of Sex"
Jane Fonda "The Newsroom"
Joanne Froggatt "Downton Abbey"
Grace Gealey "Empire"
Lauren Graham "Parenthood"
Lena Headey "Game of Thrones"
Christina Hendricks "Mad Men"
Kathrine Herzer "Madam Secretary"
Eve Hewson "The Knick"
Elizabeth Hurley "The Royals"
Aja Naomi King "How to Get Away With Murder"
Lily James "Downton Abbey"
January Jones "Mad Men"
Ta'Ronda Jones "Empire"
Phyllis Logan "Downton Abbey"
Katie Lowes "Scandal"
Natasha Lyonne "Orange is the New Black"
Kelly MacDonald "Boardwalk Empire"
Annet Mahendru "The Americans"
Mozan Marno "The Blacklist"
Elizabeth Marvel "House of Cards"
Melissa McBride "The Walking Dead"
Elizabeth McGovern "Downton Abbey"
Sophia McShera "Downton Abbey"
Patina Miller "Madam Secretary"
Susan Misner "The Americans"
Gretchen Mol "Boardwalk Empire"
Elisabeth Moss "Mad Men"
Kate Mulgrew "Orange is the New Black"
Olivia Munn "The Newsroom"
Bebe Neuwirth "Madam Secretary"
Leslie Nicol "Downton Abbey"
Hayden Panettiere "Nashville"
Archie Panjabi "The Good Wife"
Alexandra Park "The Royals"
Molly Parker "House of Cards"
Merritt Patterson "The Royals"
Alison Pill "The Newsroom"
Monica Potter "Parenthood"
Laura Prepon "Orange is the New Black"
Margaret Qualley "The Leftovers"
Sara Ramirez "Grey's Anatomy"
Charlotte Rampling "Broadchurch"
Erin Richards "Gotham"
Juliet Rylance "The Knick"
Caterina Scorsone "Grey's Anatomy"
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul"
Chloe Sevigny "Bloodline"
Gabourey Sidibe "Empire"
Maggie Smith "Downton Abbey"
Jada Pinkett Smith "Gotham"
J. Smith-Cameron "Rectify"
Karla Souza "How to Get Away With Murder"
Sissy Spacek "Bloodline"
Abigail Spencer "Rectify"
Darby Stanchfield "Scandal"
Maura Tierney "The Affair"
Lorraine Touissant "Orange is the New Black"
Sophie Turner "Game of Thrones"
Liza Weil "How to Get Away With Murder"
Mae Whitman "Parenthood"
Maisie Williams "Game of Thrones"
Chandra Wilson "Grey's Anatomy"
Penelope Wilton "Downton Abbey"
Katheryn Winnick "Vikings"
Alfre Woodard "State of Affairs"
Allison Wright "The Americans"
Bellamy Young "Scandal"

Commentary - This race is one where you wonder if there will be any turnover or not. We know that Anna Gunn is gone, but the other five seem like decent bets to return. Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt's return will depend on the continuing popularity of Downton Abbey. It also determines if any of the other actresses break through. Christine Baranski is a perennial favorite, but can previous winner Archie Panjabi get in for her last season on the show? Christina Hendricks is also a favorite, but Mad Men's Emmy prospects continue to decline. And Lena Headey is having another great season on Game of Thrones, but, like Emilia Clarke, will she be replaced by a different co-star like Maisie Williams or Sophie Turner? Then there are the Orange is the New Black gang, which have had to switch to supporting and to drama, after most competed last year in Comedy Guest Actress. Uzo Aduba did well in Comedy because her character is funny, but maybe Lorraine Toussaint, Kate Mulgrew, and Laverne Cox will do better with the drama crowd. Bloodline is getting great reviews at Netflix, and the legend Sissy Spacek will be a popular name on a ballot (as well as Linda Cardellini and Chloe Sevigny). State of Affairs may have been a big flop, but Alfre Woodard is Emmy gold. And The Leftovers did not appeal to me, but after her successes in Gone Girl, Carrie Coon is on the rise. Melissa McBride and Bellamy Young were getting tons of buzz last year, but that seams to have calmed down a bit. Also look out for Jada Pinkett Smith, Kathryn Winnick, Charlotte Rampling, and the respective casts of How to Get Away With Murder, The Americans, Empire, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Kim Dickens, Elizabeth Marvel, and Molly Parker in House of Cards, The Newsroom, and The Royals.

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