2016 Nomination Predictions
Ellen Burstyn "House of Cards"
Allison Janney "Masters of Sex"
Margo Martindale "The Americans"
Laurie Metcalf "Horace & Pete"
Carrie Preston "The Good Wife"
Cicely Tyson "How to Get Away With Murder"
Other Contenders - Stockard Channing "The Good Wife", Annet Mahendru "The Americans", Cherry Jones "Mercy Street", Cynthia Nixon "The Affair", Sarah Silverman "Masters of Sex", Patti LuPone "Penny Dreadful", Kathleen Turner "The Path", Marisa Tomei "Empire", Mary Steenburgen "Orange is the New Black", Natasha Lyonne "Orange is the New Black", Mare Winningham "The Affair", Whoopi Goldberg "Law & Order: SVU", Molly Parker "House of Cards", Christine Lahti "The Blacklist", Debbie Allen "Grey's Anatomy", Rita Moreno "Grey's Anatomy", Constance Zimmer "House of Cards"
Commentary - Ellen Burstyn is an Emmy legend, and she returns to probably both guest acting categories, this time for House of Cards. I also think that her television daughter on Mom Allison Janney will return for her Emmy-winning role on Masters of Sex. Margo Martindale won here last year for The Americans infuriating a lot of folks because it was essentially a cameo. That doesn't mean though that Emmy voters are shamed enough to not nominate her again. I also think that previous winner Carrie Preston will return, and that last year's nominee Cicely Tyson will be a favorite of voters as well. Finally, I didn't really like Horace & Pete that much, but I will admit that Laurie Metcalf is great, and she is a favorite among Emmy voters. Right on the outside is Stockard Channing (if The Good Wife is still beloved by actors), Annet Mahendru (if voters are finally paying attention to The Americans), and Emmy winners Cynthia Nixon, Cherry Jones, and Sarah Silverman. Kathleen Turner, Marisa Tomei, Mare Winnigham, Whoopi Goldberg, Christine Lahti, Rita Moreno, and Debbie Allen are veterans, which usually do well here. Finally, there are the two Orange is the New Black girls (who did really well when they were in Comedy and Guest), and the House of Cards pair, particularly Constance Zimmer.