Emilia Clarke reaped a Drama Supporting Actress bid for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen, the ‘Mother of Dragons’ on “Game of Thrones.” The British babe is just 26, more than half a century younger than reigning category champ Maggie Smith who plays the dowager on “Downton Abbey.”
This bid by Clarke ranked as our readers’ pick for the biggest surprise among this year’s nominations. Indeed, she polled almost one-quarter of all votes, with the Drama Actress nom for Connie Britton (“Nashville“) taking 17% and the supporting comedy bids by “Veep” featured players Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale registering 13% each. Cast your ballot in that poll here.
While Clarke tops the list for biggest surprise nomination, can she pull off another shock and win the race?
She has a smattering of support with two of our Top 24 Users (2) backing her bid as do about 10% of all users. Solidly in first place is Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad“) who is the pick of all eight editors and 55% of users. Smith is expected to repeat by 30% of users. The other three nominees — Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men“), Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“) and Morena Baccarin (“Homeland“) barely register in our results.
While Clarke looks like she is destined to be an also-ran in her first Emmy race, she could pull off an upset if she picks the right episode to submit to the judges. Our forum posters have been debating this hot button issue. Have your say here.
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