Last year’s winner Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is favored to repeat by five Experts, three Editors, and 33% of Users giving her leading odds of 5/4. She has submitted the episode “If Only You Were Lonely,” in which her character Adele Webber continues her decline with Alzheimer’s and is looking at a possible move into assisted living.
Six Editors, one Expert, and 24% of Users are predicting three-time Emmy winner Jean Smart (“Harry’s Law“) to prevail and give her odds of 27/10. All of her previous victories were for comedies (guesting on “Frasier” in 2000 and 2001; supporting for “Samantha Who?” in 2008). In Smart’s dramatic episode “The Rematch,” her character Roseanna Remmick is a hard-nosed district attorney who battles Harry Korn (Kathy Bates).
Martha Plimpton (“The Good Wife“) is in third position at 9/1 with the support of one Editor and 15% of Users. This is her third career Emmy nod but her first for the recurring role of attorney Patti Nyholm. In the season finale “The Dream Team,” she and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) band together to try and destroy the law firm Lockhart and Gardner.
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Joan Cusack (“Shameless“) returns for her second consecutive nomination as Sheila Jackson but only has 10/1 odds and 14% of User votes. In the episode “Can I Have a Mother,” the agoraphobic woman holds a party and gets in a fight with the mother (Louise Fletcher) of her live-in boyfriend Frank (William H. Macy).
As the French-Canadian mother of Megan Draper (Jessica Pare), Julia Ormond earned her second career nomination. She won Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress in 2010 for “Temple Grandin.” In the “Mad Men” season finale “The Phantom,” her character Marie Calvet continues her affair with Roger Sterling (John Slattery) while visiting her daughter in New York City. She is in fifth place at 16/1 with 7% of User votes.
In the final spot at 25/1 with 7% of User votes, Uma Thurman (“Smash“) is the only first-time nominee in this category. She is nodded as Rebecca Duvall, a Hollywood actress with limited musical abilities trying out for a Broadway show. She submitted the episode “Tech,” which has her in full costume as Marilyn Monroe.