Emmy experts: Can Thandie Newton (‘Westworld’) win Best Drama Supporting Actress on first try?

After taking home the Critics’ Choice Award earlier this year, can Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) now claim TV’s highest honor by winning the Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actress? 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 never earned an Emmy nomination before, but it seems like the next logical step following her bids at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

As of this writing we’ve polled 18 TV journalists from top media outlets for their Emmy picks, and five of them predict Newton will prevail: Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

However, a leading eight of our experts are instead forecasting a victory for Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”): Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). This would also be Metz’s first career Emmy nomination for her breakout role of sibling Kate Pearson on the NBC family drama.

Two of our Emmy seers think that Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) will win: Pete Hammond (Deadline) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). 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 — Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) — stands alone in forecasting that Winona Ryder, who plays the mother of a missing child on “Stranger Things,” will score a victory. The two-time Oscar nominee for “The Age of Innocence” (1993) and “Little Women” (1994) is hoping to earn her first Emmy bid this year.

None of our experts are currently predicting a victory for any other Best Drama Supporting Actress hopefuls, but 11 of the 18 believe that Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) is next in line for her portayal of “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.

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 six Emmy pundits think the fan-favorite actress will earn yet another supporting nomination.

Six pundits believe that last year’s nominee Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) will be back again for portraying jilted ex-wife Helen Solloway on the sexy Showtime drama. Tierney won a Golden Globe for this role last year.

And character actress Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia on “The Handmaid’s Tale”) rounds out our experts’ picks with four of them predicting she will earn her first Emmy nomination. Dowd is a SAG contender for “Captain Fantastic” (Best Film Ensemble, 2016) and a Critics’ Choice nominee for both “Compliance” (Best Film Supporting Actress, 2012) and “The Leftovers” (Best TV Drama Supporting Actress, 2015).

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