As with a classic TV series, the Emmy Awards love repeats. Does that mean last year’s Best Drama Actress champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) will hear her name called again, just like recent double winners Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Glenn Close (“Damages”)? Hoping to take her down is perennial nominee Robin Wright for the heralded fourth season of “House of Cards.” They are essentially tied in our Emmy predictions, so let’s take a closer look at this tight race.
Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee for “Doubt” (2008) and “The Help” (2011), has the support of four of our nine experts derived from major media outlets: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
Wright, who arguably had her best season yet on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has the backing of these four journalists: Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby).
Meanwhile, expert Eric Deggans (NPR) goes out on a limb for first-time nominee Keri Russell, whose FX drama “The Americans” finally earned Emmy acclaim after four long years on the air.
Danes also shouldn’t be ruled out. She is an Emmy darling who won for “Temple Grandin” in 2010 as well as “Homeland” in both 2012 and 2013. Since “Homeland” is back in contention for Best Drama Series for the fourth time in five years, it’s clear voters are still enjoying the Showtime program.
Two other Best Drama Actress nominees from 2015 also earned repeat nominations this year: Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”). Henson is the reigning Golden Globe champ while Maslany is a two-time winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards (2013-14).