First 2020 Predictions
Helena Bonham Carter "The Crown"
Laura Dern "Big Little Lies"
Ann Dowd "The Handmaid's Tale"
Julia Garner "Ozark"
Thandie Newton "Westworld"
Meryl Streep "Big Little Lies"
Other Contenders - Fiona Shaw "Killing Eve", Millie Bobby Brown "Stranger Things", Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul", Janet McTeer "Ozark", Samira Wiley "The Handmaid's Tale", Sarah Snook "Succession", Holly Hunter "Succession", Cynthia Erivo "The Outsider", Mare Winningham "The Outsider", Gugu Mbatha-Raw "The Morning Show", Yvonne Strahovski "The Handmaid's Tale", Susan Kelechi Watson "This is Us", Chrissy Metz "This is Us", Tessa Thompson "Westworld", Zoe Kravitz "Big Little Lies", Uzo Aduba "Orange is the New Black", Indya Moore "Pose", Alfre Woodard "See", Cush Jumbo "The Good Fight", Sandra Bernhard "Pose", Maggie Siff "Billions"
Commentary - The question this year, is how many previous nominees are left out? How many newcomers can crash the race? I feel confident in picking Helena Bonham Carter, who could end up winning this thing for The Crown. I also could see legends, and Oscar/Emmy winners Laura Dern and Meryl Streep crashing for Big Little Lies. But if quality over name matters, which we have seen more of that recently, they could be surprise snubs on Emmy nomination morning. So then who returns? Right now I am betting of the trifecta of Juila Garner, Thandie Newton, and Ann Dowd, aka the last three winners of this category. But I could see a number of combinations of nominees. What about Fiona Shaw who was nominated last year, or Millie Bobby Brown who is a two time nominee? Are their shows strong enough this year to push them in? Previous nominees and winners, some for these roles, include, Janet McTeer, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski, Mare Winningham, Cynthia Erivo, Chrissy Metz, Alfre Woodward, Uzo Aduba, and Holly Hunter. I would also not count out folks like Sarah Snook, Rhea Seehorn (both of whom are very much in this race), Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Susan Kelechi Watson, Cush Jumbo, Maggie Siff, Indya Moore, and Sandra Bernhard.