2016 Nomination Predictions
Claire Danes "Homeland"
Viola Davis "How to Get Away With Murder"
Taraji P. Henson "Empire"
Julianna Margulies "The Good Wife"
Tatiana Maslany "Orphan Black"
Robin Wright "House of Cards"
Other Contenders - Michelle Dockery "Downton Abbey", Caitriona Balfe "Outlander", Keri Russell "The Americans", Vera Farmiga "Bates Motel", Michelle Monaghan "The Path", Eva Green "Penny Dreadful", Connie Britton "Nashville", Kerry Washington "Scandal", Ellen Pompeo "Grey's Anatomy", Ruth Wilson "The Affair", Shiri Appleby "UnReal", Taylor Schilling "Orange is the New Black", Marcia Gay Harden "Code Black", Mariska Hargitay "Law & Order: SVU", Laura Carmichael "Downton Abbey", Krysten Ritter "Jessica Jones", Lizzy Caplan "Masters of Sex", Riley Keough "The Girlfriend Experience", Melissa Benoist "Supergirl", Jaimie Alexander "Blindspot"
Commentary - Let's say that the five (with Elisabeth Moss gone) all return, and I see no reason why not. That leaves one slot. I think its between two old favorites who missed out last year, but have final seasons to bring in the nostalgia vote. Of course I am talking about Julianna Margulies and Michelle Dockery, and I'm leaning toward Margulies who has won this category twice for this role. Vera Farmiga, Connie Britton, and Kerry Washington, all once nominees look like their time is up, and I'm not sure that newcomers like Balfe, Appleby, Ritter, Keough, or Monaghan have enough support. Taylor Schilling, Eva Green, and Ruth Wilson couldn't get in before, I don't think they can now. Marcia Gay Harden is an Oscar winner, Hargitay once won this way back, and Caplan at one time got a nomination. Finally, there is always hope that more genre actresses like Benoist and Alexander can get in along with the Maslany slot.