Sunday, June 19, 2016

Emmy Predictions 2016 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series?

From June 13 to June 27, voting is taking place for The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

2015 Nominees:
        Khandi Alexander for ABC's Scandal
        Rachel Brosnahan for Netflix's House of Cards
        Allison Janney for Showtime's Masters of Sex
        Margo Martindale for FX's The Americans (WINNER)
        Diana Rigg for HBO's Game of Thrones
        Cicely Tyson for ABC's How to Get Away With Murder

Out of last year's nominees, Janney, Martindale and Tyson are eligible again for the same roles. Rigg was on Game of Thrones again this season but was not submitted for consideration this year - despite multiple nominations in the category. Meanwhile, Tyson could snag two nominations as she was also on House of Cards - a show Emmy voters overall like much more than How to Get Away With Murder. And then, there are some returning nominees hoping to get back into the field this year including Natasha Lyonne for Orange Is the New Black, Carrie Preston for The Good Wife and Kate Mara for House of Cards. And lastly, there are some big names who did guest spots this year as well including Ellen Burstyn, Laurie Metcalf, Mary Steenburgen, Patti LuPone, Rita Moreno and many more. So there are a number of possibilities that could happen in this race.

So now, here's my thoughts on the actors most likely to be nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
  1. Allison Janney for Showtime's Masters of Sex
  2. Margo Martindale for FX's The Americans
  3. Ellen Burstyn for Netflix's House of Cards
  4. Cicely Tyson for Netflix's House of Cards
  5. Natasha Lyonne for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black
  6. Laurie Metcalf for Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Cicely Tyson and Famke Janssen for ABC's How to Get Away With Murder
  2. Mary Steenburgen for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black
  3. Carrie Preston and Stockard Channing for CBS' The Good Wife
  4. Kate Mara, Kim Dickens, Molly Parker and Constance Zimmer for Netflix's House of Cards
  5. Patti LuPone for Showtime's Penny Dreadful
  6. Marisa Tomei for FOX's Empire
  7. Cynthia Nixon for Showtime's The Affair
  8. Kathleen Turner for Hulu's The Path
  9. Whoopi Goldberg for NBC's Law & Order: SVU
  10. Christine Lahti for NBC's The Blacklist
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Rita Moreno for ABC's Grey's Anatomy
  2. Annet Mahendru for FX's The Americans
  3. Rosario Dawson for Netflix's Daredevil
  4. Aidy Bryant and Hannah Dunne for Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete
  5. Kathy Baker for USA's Colony
  6. Marcia Cross and Eliza Coupe for ABC's Quantico
  7. Alicia Witt and Tovah Feldshuh for AMC's The Walking Dead
  8. Sarah Steele, Mary Beth Peil and Nikki M. James for CBS' The Good Wife
  9. Jada Pinkett Smith for FOX's Gotham
  10. Frances de la Tour for Starz's Outlander
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Bridget Regan for ABC's Agent Carter
  2. Carrie Fisher for Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
  3. Debbie Allen for ABC's Grey's Anatomy
  4. Shiri Appleby for CBS' Code Black
  5. Sakina Jaffrey for USA's Mr. Robot
  6. Arielle Kebbel for Lifetime's UnREAL
  7. Judy Greer, Heléne Yorke and Sarah Silverman for Showtime's Masters of Sex
  8. Annet Mahendru for FOX's The X-Files

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!