Will Win - Viola Davis "How to Get Away With Murder"
Could Win - Taraji P. Henson "Empire", Robin Wright "House of Cards", or Tatiana Maslany "Orphan Black"
Should Win - Viola Davis "How to Get Away With Murder" or Taraji P. Henson "Empire"
Commentary - Listen up Academy voters, the time has come. It is time to reward a black actress with this award, and it just so happens that the two of the fiercest, most complicated, and more endearing performances on television this year were from the likes of Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson. With the more popular voting system, I am really looking more at Henson, as Empire was a mega-hit. But Viola Davis won the SAG, she is not only beloved by these voters on a popular new show, but is just so well-respected by this community. She deserves the Emmy, and I think she is going to win. Tatiana Maslany is great in Orphan Black, and her portrayal of so many characters helps her chances. But this was a terrible season overall, if any of the voters actually watch her episode they will have no idea what the hell is going on, and the show's ratings are so small, I don't know if she can win on a more populist ballot. The wild card here is Robin Wright. She had a fantastic season, and if episodes still matter, a lot of voters are going to like hers, its a knockout.