In a rare three-way split, Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery are all picking someone else to take home the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress. Who are they individually predicting to win, and who are the other likely contenders that could factor into this year’s wide-open race? Our Best Drama Guest Actress discussion begins at the 47:33 mark in the video above.
When our editors’ predictions are combined, the Top 10 contenders for Best Drama Guest Actress are Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Carrie Preston (“The Good Fight”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Gillian Anderson (“American Gods”), Cloris Leachman (“American Gods”), Kristin Chenoweth (“American Gods”) and Rihanna (“Bates Motel”).
Montgomery begins the discussion saying, “I can see this category being filled with shows that aren’t even really high on the Emmy radar in other top categories. I think five out of my six nominees I’m not even predicting their shows for Best Drama.” However, Montgomery later declares that he would “love, love, love” to see Bledel win, “just as justice for ‘Gilmore Girls.'”
Dixon sticks his foot out for a former nominee to prevail, admitting, “I actually have Laverne Cox for ‘Orange is the New Black.’ She was nominated back in Season 1 when this was a comedy. She lost to Uzo Aduba, who had the more over-the-top character. Last season on ‘Orange’ Cox had the big solitary confinement storyline. She was absolutely fantastic.”
“I’ve got Ann Dowd winning,” proclaims Beachum about the “Leftovers” character actress. “I think that could happen in a Margo Martindale kind of a way.” Martindale won this race the past two years (2015 and 2016) for “The Americans,” but she’s jumping up to the supporting race this year because of her increased screen time.
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