All of last year’s Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actress are back in contention, including the last two winners: “Downton Abbey” scene stealer Maggie Smith (2012) and “Breaking Bad” reigning champ Anna Gunn. Are they leading the pack again?
After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.
Based on the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, and Users, Gunn is favored to repeat, with leading odds of 2/1. She would be the third woman since 2000 to claim consecutive Emmys in this category, following Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” 2000-2001) and Blythe Danner (“Huff,” 2005-2006). (Click here for our complete racetrack odds.)
But one can never count out the two-time Oscar-winning dame. With her Movie/Mini Supporting Actress win in 2011, Maggie Smith has already prevailed twice for her “Downton” role as the Dowager Countess and follows close behind Gunn with 4/1 odds.
Next in line is Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“). Already an Emmy-winner for “Cybil” and an 11-time nominee overall, she is the only series regular on “The Good Wife” to have been nominated every year of the show’s run. She gets 13/2 odds.
For the first two years of “Game of Thrones,” Peter Dinklage was the only member of the cast to register on Emmy’s radar, but that changed last year when Emilia Clarke broke through as the formidable Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. She’s a strong candidate for a repeat nomination with 12/1 odds.
Similarly, it took a while for the TV academy to recognize Christina Hendricks for “Mad Men.” She wasn’t nominated until the drama’s third season, but she has been nominated every year since. She has yet to win, but with 14/1 odds she has a good chance for a fifth consecutive bid.
Michelle Monaghan goes toe-to-toe with Woody Harrelson as her philandering husband in “True Detective.” The freshman anthology series is expected to earn bids in multiple categories this year, and Monaghan may be one of them. She has 16/1 odds.
Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey“) was nominated in this category in 2012 but was snubbed in 2013. However, she could return with a strong storyline in which her character is raped. Our predictions give her 25/1 odds.
Emilia Clarke opened the door for “Game of Thrones’s” regular actresses, and Lena Headey could be the next to walk through it for playing vengeful Cersei Lannister, but she has an uphill battle and 100/1 odds.
Also getting 100/1 odds is Monica Potter (“Parenthood“). Many thought she would be nominated last year for her breast cancer storyline, which won her a Critics’ Choice Award and a nod from the TCA. Sometimes it takes the TV academy a year or two to catch up to an acclaimed performer. Will that be the case for Potter?
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress.
And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.