Margo Martindale 4/7 Emmy favorite as Best Drama Supporting Actress

Margo Martindale (“Justified“) is a strong favorite to take home her first Emmy as she has 4/7 odds to win Best Drama Supporting Actress. But be warned that it is a category that has featured more shockers over the years than any other, including Blythe Danner (“Huff,” 2005 & 2006), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” 2007), Cherry Jones (“24,” 2009), and Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife,” 2010).


Martindale played Mags Bennett, the matriarch of a moonshine and drug clan in Kentucky. In her episode “Brother’s Keeper,” the voters see both her joyous side at a party complete with her singing and her murderous and vindictive side. Seven of 10 experts, nine of 12 editors, and 45% of our users (275 votes) are predicting her to win the Emmy.

While Panjabi surprised everyone last year, a victory this time would not be such a shocker. She is in second place with 8/1 odds for her entry “Getting Off.” In it, her character Kalinda Sharma tries to defend herself when her friend and co-worker Alicia (Julianna Margulies) discovers that she slept with her husband (Chris Noth). Expert Jill Serjeant (Reuters), editor Darrin Dortch, and 15% of users (91 votes) have predicted her to win.

Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire“), the 2006 TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress winner for “The Girl in the Cafe,” has 9/1 odds. In her episode “Family Limitations,” her character Margaret Schroeder moves up in the world from the poorest possible housing to a luxury home courtesy of sometimes boyfriend Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). She is the choice of expert Ken Tucker (Entertainment Weekly) and 11% of users (68 votes).

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Further back in the pack are Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“) with 16/1 odds and the support of expert Rick Porter ( Her entry “Silver Bullet” sees her character Diane Lockhart defending her lover and ballistics expert (Gary Cole). While Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men“) has  16% of support from our users, she has no expert or editor votes, giving her 20/1 odds. In her episode “The Summer Man,” her character Joan Haris is fending off sexists remarks from some of the younger male co-workers in her office. Michelle Forbes (“The Killing“) has the vote of our editor Andrew Pickett but only 6% user votes for 20/1 odds. She submitted the pilot episode, in which her character Mitch Larsen is worried about her missing daughter and then learns she has been found murdered.

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