Predict Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress: Carrie Preston redux? Laverne Cox triumph? ‘American Gods’ domination?

The 2017 Emmy ballots were released on Monday, June 12, and now Gold Derby has opened predictions in the race for Best Drama Guest Actress. With two-time guest-acting champ Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) jumping up to supporting due to her increased screen time, this race is truly wide open. In fact, only one of 2016’s nominees is eligible again: Carrie Preston, who won in 2013 and was nominated again last year for playing Elsbeth Tascioni on “The Good Wife,” but now contends for spinoff series “The Good Fight.”

Laverne Cox has strong Emmy buzz for reprising her role of Sophia Burset on “Orange is the New Black” Season 4. The show’s new episodes are airing now during Emmy balloting, which should help voters remember how good she was last year during her character’s solitary confinement. The last time Cox was nominated was for the Netflix show’s first season when it competed as a comedy at the Emmys. Might the shift to drama help her triumph?

Three ladies from Starz’s “American Gods” are already favorites of the TV academy and could potentially dominate the category. Gillian Anderson (Media) won for “The X-Files” in 1997, Kristin Chenoweth (Easter) prevailed for the final season of “Pushing Daisies” in 2009, and Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya) is the Emmy record holder with the most Primetime victories for a performer at eight.

Some other notable names on the Emmy ballot include Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), Latanya Richardson-Jackson (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jane Lynch (“The Good Fight”), Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Rihanna (“Bates Motel”). And those are just some of the many contenders you can choose from when making your Best Drama Guest Actress predictions at Gold Derby.

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