Kathy Bates "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Judy Davis "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Laura Dern "Big Little Lies"
Regina King "American Crime"
Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Roanoke"
Shailene Woodley "Big Little Lies"
Other Contenders - Angela Bassett "American Horror Story: Roanoke", Mary Elizabeth Winstead "Fargo", Michelle Pfeiffer "Wizard of Lies", Renee Elise Goldsberry "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", Ellen Burstyn "Custody", Rose Byrne "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks", Diane Keaton "The Young Pope", Jackie Hoffman "Feud: Bette and Joan", Catherine Zeta-Jones "Feud: Bette and Joan", Kathy Bates "Feud: Bette and Joan", Sandra Oh "American Crime", Helen Hunt "Shots Fired", Jennifer Hudson "Hairspray Live!", Kristin Chenoweth "Hairspray Live!", Whoopi Goldberg "When We Rise", Phylicia Rashad "When We Rise", Gugu Mbatha-Raw "Black Mirror"
Commentary - This race is stacked with so many big names, that I am expecting some surprises. That being said, I am probably playing it safe in terms of my actual picks. I'm just prepared for the surprise. I assume that both Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson will get back in for AHS, but as that anthology series ages, I keep wondering if there is a point when voters move on. Until that happens, I am keeping them in. I also assume that two Emmy wins in a row guarantees Regina King a third and final nomination for American Crime. Beyond that though, I think that some of the hot new series, two in particular will fill out the last three slots. Laura Dern is an Emmy favorite, and Shailene Woodley is practically a lead. I think that the overall love for Big Little Lies will push them both in. Finally, Judy Davis is fantastic in Feud, and she has won three Emmys from eleven nominations. I can't see Emmy voters passing her up here for a role that is so good, it could win her a fourth. But before we end here, let me remind you of some of the folks that are not in this race, but could be: Ellen Burstyn, Angela Bassett, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Oh, Diane Keaton, Helen Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, and Phylicia Rashad. I also want to personally plug Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Hudson, who were scene-stealers in Hairspray Live! Now you do see why I am looking for a surprise?