After earning a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year, our Emmy experts are now convinced that Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) will claim TV’s highest honor for Best Drama Supporting Actress. This would be Metz’s first career Emmy nomination for her breakout role of sibling Kate Pearson on the NBC family drama. If the TV academy falls in love with “This Is Us” as much as America has, Metz could be just one of many stars from that show to earn Emmy Awards.
As of this writing we’ve polled 16 TV journalists from top media outlets for their Emmy picks, and eight of them predict a victory for Metz: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).
A trio of experts are instead backing a victory for Thandie Newton (“Westworld”): Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed). The British thespian portrays Maeve, a brothel madam who discovers that her whole life is a lie on the HBO sci-fi hit. Newton has already earned Golden Globe and SAG noms for her role, so an Emmy bid seems like the next logical step.
Two of our Emmy seers think that Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) will win: Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby). Thirteen-year-old Brown just defeated the competition at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for her breakout role as Eleven on the 1980s-set Netflix drama. An Emmy victory for Brown would make her one of the youngest recipients in primetime TV history.
A pair of prognosticators opt for Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”): Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby). The 2013 Emmy nominee for Best Actress is now competing in the supporting race because of her reduced screen time, but it’s hard to deny that Farmiga chewed every bit of scenery in the fifth and final season of the A&E hit drama.
And the remaining pundit — Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) — stands alone in forecasting that Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”) will prevail. The AMC series is currently airing its third season to rave reviews, and much of that has to do with the relationship between Seehorn’s character Kim Wexler and Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Will her heralded performance finally yield an Emmy?
None of our experts are currently predicting a victory for any other Best Drama Supporting Actress hopefuls, but 11 of the 16 believe that Winona Ryder, who plays the mother of a missing child on “Stranger Things,” will be nominated. The two-time Oscar nominee for “The Age of Innocence” (1993) and “Little Women” (1994) is hoping to earn her first Emmy bid.
Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) is next in line with eight journalists predicting she’ll be nominated for portraying “Crazy Eyes.” Aduba has had a unique Emmy history so far, winning Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2014, winning Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2015, and then being snubbed in 2016. Will her prior Emmy luck return for the fourth season of the Netflix prison dramedy?
Rounding out the Top 8 contenders, Margo Martindale has already won two guest Emmys for taking on the role of KGB handler Claudia on FX’s “The Americans,” but this year she’s jumping up to the supporting race. Martindale previously prevailed in this category for “Justified” (2011), and now five Emmy pundits think the fan-favorite actress will earn yet another supporting nomination.
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