Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Emmy Predictions 2015: Who Will and Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series?

The nominations have been announced for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving my predictions for who will win and who should win in several of the major categories.

Next up is Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

My Predictions for Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
  1. Uzo Aduba in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black - "Hugs Can Be Deceiving": Aduba was such a crucial part to the core story arc of the prison dramedy's second season. She was absolutely heartbreaking as she descended into Vee's manipulation. Her episode truly starts that tragic arc in a beautiful but devastating way. It deserves to earn her another Emmy.
  2. Christina Hendricks in AMC's Mad Men - "Lost Horizon": Frankly, she just deserves an Emmy win. Joan has always been a strong character but she grew even more passionate about sexism in the workplace in the final season. An arc that was empowering while still being oppressive. It was a fantastic character and story that needs recognition.
  3. Lena Headey in HBO's Game of Thrones - "Mother's Mercy": Everyone was talking about Headey's performance after the season finale aired. That buzz even reached me - a non watcher of her show. That's impressive. Sure, there was some controversy about her big moment. But it also seems like something that should be rewarded.
  4. Christine Baranski in CBS' The Good Wife - "Loser Edit": Baranski had another solid season as Diane continued to embrace an always changing world. It wasn't as memorable as last season though.
  5. Emilia Clarke in HBO's Game of Thrones - "The Dance of Dragons": So much of the conversation about the fantasy drama is centered around Headey this year. Clarke certainly had moments that got fans talking this season. But they all seemed overshadowed by the end of the season.
  6. Joanne Froggatt in PBS' Downton Abbey - "Episode Eight": The period drama is another show that I just never got into. No idea if this was a good season for Froggatt or not. Plus, no one seemed to be talking about the show this year.

My Predictions for Who Will Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
  1. Lena Headey in HBO's Game of Thrones - "Mother's Mercy": It helps her immensely that Emilia Clarke is also in this race. Both appear in two of the six episodes voters will screen. That's huge. Plus, those two episodes will probably help Headey more than Clarke. And again, her episode offered one of the most buzzed about moments during the last year.
  2. Uzo Aduba in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black - "Hugs Can Be Deceiving": She won in the Guest Category last year against strong competition. Now she has an even better episode - but an even tougher field as Supporting.
  3. Christina Hendricks in AMC's Mad Men - "Lost Horizon": She represents one of the last few chances for an actor from Mad Men to win an Emmy. It's a miraculous phenomenon. Her episode is strong - and nominated elsewhere as well. She is excellent but the Mad Men acting curse may unfortunately continue. 
  4. Christine Baranski in CBS' The Good Wife - "Loser Edit": She continues to be excellent but a win this year would feel out of the blue - even though she is still very deserving.
  5. Joanne Froggatt in PBS' Downton Abbey - "Episode Eight": The period drama was down in total nominations. And yet, Froggatt stayed in this race over co-star Maggie Smith. That shows that she has support amongst voters. Probably not enough to win but she can't be counted out either.
  6. Emilia Clarke in HBO's Game of Thrones - "The Dance of Dragons": It was a huge surprise that she returned to the race after being bumped out last year. Her presence on the ballot will likely help Headey win more so than the other way around.

Do you agree or disagree with my reasonings? Who do you think should and will win in this category? Speculate below in the comments!