Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn, Emilia Clarke …?

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?

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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.

FRONTRUNNERS
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.

PROBABLE NOMINEES
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.

SPOILERS
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.

As First Lady Mellie Grant, Bellamy Young has been the breakout star of “Scandal.” She recently won this category at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards and has 50/1 odds to follow that with an Emmy.

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?

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Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress.

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5 thoughts on “Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn, Emilia Clarke …?

  1. It seems like Emilia Clarke didn’t have much to do on the show this year. And I swear most of the reason she got nominated last year was because of that one fantastic scene where she took down the slave owners with her dragons. That was a pretty well-done, memorable scene. There were no scenes like that this year involving her character. It seems like she just sat around a lot.

  2. If they’re going to nominate one Game of Thrones actress this year (which is the likely case anyway) it’s got to be Lena Headey over Emilia Clarke.
    The Emmys have such capacity for villainous male characters and its been galling to and telling that the actress races are filled with moral mother figures and do-gooders.

  3. If Joanne Froggatt makes it in her tape will be hard to beat, even against Gunn in (presumably) Ozymandias. Especially if they get fatigue from watching that one episode so much.

  4. Lena Headey won’t get nominated. Besides Peter Dinklage, no one from the Game of Thrones cast stood out this year.

  5. Joanne Froggatt did a great job this year, and the minute I saw that episode I thought she’d be a threat to win the category. I surprised me to see her on the bubble of predictions. Emilia Clarke and Christina Hendricks might be dropped so there’s no reason for an actress like Froggatt to be below them when she could even win–the nomination will be the hardest part. Something from Mad Men’s gotta give, there’s too much fatigue. Downton had record viewers this year. It’s hardly fallen backward on buzz. If anything, even more Emmy voters probably checked it out. If you asked for the most noteworthy plot points on S4 of Downton, Anna’s rape is gonna be one of the things anybody would immediately think of and so will voters. When her panel sits and watches the tapes, hers will stand out.

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