This year’s Emmy race for Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress is filled with past Emmy champs as well as women who have won Oscars, Tonys and even Miss America. One of the Oscar winners is our projected frontrunner to take home her first-ever Emmy. (See the 2014 racetrack odds for all contenders here).
After reading our recap, 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.
Julia Roberts won the Best Actress Oscar for “Erin Brockovich” (2000) and was nominated earlier this year for her supporting role in “August: Osage County.” In the HBO adaptation of the Broadway play “The Normal Heart,” she plays Dr. Emma Brookner, a strong-willed New York physician willing to help victims of the AIDS virus. She is the overall favorite to take home her first Emmy with 14/5 odds.
Kathy Bates has a Best Actress Oscar for “Misery” (1991) and she won an Emmy in 2012 for her work on “Two and a Half Men.” That guest stint marked her 11th nomination. She is in second place with 4/1 odds for playing 19th century slave killer Delphine LaLaurie in “American Horror Story: Coven” for FX.
Up against these two Oscar champs is newcomer Allison Tolman, in her first role of note. On the FX miniseries “Fargo,” she played Molly Solverson, a deputy in a small town on the trail of a ruthless killer. She won the Critics Choice TV Award last month and is in third place with 11/2 odds.
Kathy Baker has won three of her seven Emmy races. In the Lifetime telefilm “Return to Zero,” she plays Kathleen Callaghan, a mother struggling to help her daughter (Minnie Driver) through the grieving process after a miscarriage. She is in the fourth slot with 8/1 odds.
Don’t underestimate Ellen Burstyn, a surprise Emmy winner last year in this same category for “Political Animals.” She is also a past winner at both the Oscars (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More,” 1974) and Tonys (“Same Time, Next Year,” 1975). In Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic,” she plays the ruthless grandmother Olivia Foxworth and has 12/1 odds for sixth place.
Another “AHS: Coven” co-star was Angela Bassett, a Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (1994). She sits in seventh with 25/1 odds for playing famed voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. She has one previous Emmy nod.
Janet McTeer was nominated at the Golden Globes for her role as Jacquetta, mother to the title character, in the Starz miniseries “The White Queen.” She is in eighth at the Emmys with 50/1 odds. In addition to a Tony win for “A Doll’s House” in 1997, she has earned two Oscar nominations and one Emmy bid in her long career.
Speaking of Tonys, the all-time champ with six wins as of last month is Audra McDonald. She took on the role of Mother Abbess in NBC’s live production of “The Sound of Music” and is tied for eighth place at 50/1.
Quite a few well-known contenders with 100/1 odds include past Miss America and three-time Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams (“The Trip to Bountiful“), Kate Walsh (“Fargo”), Amanda Abbington (“Sherlock: His Last Vow“), Oscar and Emmy champ Holly Hunter (“Bonnie and Clyde“), and other ladies from “AHS: Coven” like Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.