Last week I predicted all the Emmy comedy categories, and on the weekend the reality competition ones. This week it’s all about the dramas. First up are the lovely ladies of the supporting category. Included in the field are two veterans, two first-time nominees, a repeat nominee from last year and another that was in the lead actress competition last year. Out of these six talented actresses, who will win “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series“? Check out below to read my thoughts and final prediction.
Show: The Good Wife
Role: Diane Lockhart
Episode Submitted: “Bang”
She’s been nominated several times before, and even won an Emmy for her hilarious stint on “Cybil”. This year, Baranski is in the running for two awards. One for a guest stint on “The Big Bang Theory” and for “The Good Wife” which is her first dramatic nod. This just goes to prove how much the Academy loves her. “The Good Wife” was one of the few dramatic breakout hits last year, both the public and critics liked it. With no real frontrunner in the race, Baranski has a great shot of taking this category home.
Role: Ellen Parsons
Episode Submitted: “Your Secrets Are Safe”
This is the second straight nomination for the Australian actress. In fact, she’s the only repeat nod from last year. All of the nominees and winner from last year are all MIA. That speaks volumes for this talented thespian. If she only had a higher profile, Byrne could win the award. Unfortunately, sometimes talent isn’t enough to win the award- politics and sentiment get in the way.
Show: Burn Notice
Role: Madeline Westen
Episode Submitted: “Devil You Know”
As one half of “Cagney & Lacey”, Gless took home the Emmy numerous times. For all the younger mos out there, you’ll remember Gless as Debbie Novotny on “Queer as Folk”. Now she’s back, and better than ever in “Burn Notice”. Being the sole nomination for the show doesn’t bode well for her chances. In addition, her sentimental veteran vote most probably will be split between Baranski and her. With Baranski in a higher profile show, Gless will receive fewer of those votes.
Show: Mad Men
Role: Joan Harris
Episode Submitted: “Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency”
This is Hendricks’ first Emmy nomination. Unfortunately for her, she’s competing against one of her castmates who has a better shot. The 35-year-old actress should take solace in the fact she’s one of the sexiest women in the world according to Esquire’s 2010 poll. Beauty is the best form of revenge.
Show: Mad Men
Role: Peggy Olson
Episode Submitted: “Love Among The Ruins”
Out of the two “Mad Men” actresses competing, Moss has a better shot of winning. She have a phenomenal year with riveting performances. To boot, she’s had the biggest transformation since the beginning of the show. The academy loves character growth and development. Last year, Moss was nominated for the Lead Actress category, but this year she’s in a far less competitive category. Odds look good, that Moss could take the statue home.
Show: The Good Wife
Role: Kalinda Sharma
Episode Submitted: “Hi”
Probably the darkest horse in the race. Panjabi’s role is very small when compared to a few of the other ladies, but that doesn’t make her performances less effective. Her portrayal of investigator Kalinda Sharma has garnered a lot of buzz and recognition from the Academy voters. Sadly she’s up against some very big hitters. Her first nomination is her reward this year.
SHOULD WIN: Elisabeth Moss
WILL WIN: Christine Baranski
With last year’s winner out of the running, the race is completely wide open. Rose Bryne is the only repeat nomination, but that won’t help her chances to win. I predict this is a two-woman race between Moss and Baranski. In terms of performance and character range, Moss should win this hands down. The fact she’s been placed in a weaker category should bode well for her. But in the end, I predict Baranski will win, because the Academy loves her and so do a lot of people, including me.