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).
Further back in the pack are Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“) with 16/1 odds and the support of expert Rick Porter (Zap2It.com). 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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