With the Emmy Awards airing this coming Monday, August 25th, on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.
Today, I’ll be looking at the drama fields, focusing on the races for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Drama Series. First up: who should win and will win for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Should/will win: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
While my knowledge about all the actresses in this category is slightly limited because I’ve never seen more than an episode or two of Downton Abbey or The Good Wife, I don’t think watching full seasons of either drama would have impacted my choices here. Anna Gunn, by far, is the clear choice to win this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress, if for nothing else her performance in the beautifully tragic “Ozymandias,” where Skyler saw her family and her entire world crumble before her eyes because of Walt’s decisions.
The only actress I can really see competing with Gunn here is Lena Headey, who had a fantastic season this year on Game of Thrones, and I also would never count out Baranski for The Good Wife. However, neither of those two performers worry me enough that I could predict anything other than what should be a guaranteed and deserving Emmy win for Gunn on Monday night.
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