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  • montana82
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    1. Cicely Tyson
    2. Rachel Brosnahan
    3. Allison Janney
    4. Diana Rigg
    5. Khandi Alexander
    6. Margo Martindale

    Martindale and Alexander did pretty much nothing so they are out.  Despite assurances from GOT fans that Rigg did a lot in her episode I counted 3 scenes in a 59 minute episode for about 6 minutes of screen time.  I’ll be glad to never see that head dress again.

    You can never rule Allison Janney out at the Emmys and her 2 scenes are emotional but if she wins than we just need to deal with the fact that she has a lot of stalkers in the Academy.

    The only 2 women who warrant a win here would be Brosnahan and of course Tyson.  Brosnahan at least has a decent sized storyline going on and is a big part in her episode.  It’s decently acted.  Wasn’t wowed but she made an impact. 

    Tyson quite frankly should win this in a walk.  She gave what a great guest acting performance should be and her scenes with Viola Davis were a masterclass.  If she loses, the voters are just going their own way with this new system.

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    unbb24
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    My Rankings:
    1. Cicely Tyson
    2. Allison Janney
    3. Rachel Brosnahan
    4. Diana Rigg
    5. Khandi Alexander
    6. Margo Martindale

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    Someonelikeme
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    Of course, I need to watch all of the nominated performances, which I will. But, I can’t envision anyone in this category giving the type of layered performance in a single episode as the great Ms. Tyson. Incidentally, if she does indeed win, will she be one of the oldest emmy recipients in history, and the oldest in this category since it was instituted?

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    DingbatHauteur
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    1. Cicely Tyson
    2. Diana Rigg
    3. Allison Janney
    4. Margo Martindale
    5. Rachel Brosnahan
    6. Khandi Alexander

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    DingbatHauteur
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    @montana82, what do you mean ‘you’ll never see that head dress again’. Is Diana Rigg not returning for Season 6?

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    AMG
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    For me, Rigg was the best of the five. Tyson will probably win though.

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    Reis
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    I want Tyson or Rigg for win. Tyson have a better Emmy Tape, but Rigg was funny, scene-stealer and her scene with Jonathan Pryce is pure gold. I will be happy with any of this two winning.

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    KyleBailey
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    I think Janney could still win but Guests don’t usually repeat in this category. Tyson is the only other person I could see win 

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    moviefan61794
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    Tyson is the only person that deserves the win. Janney’s episode is good, but not great, and definitely doesn’t touch her submission last year. I think Tyson gives the best performance and I don’t see the Emmys passing up on giving an Emmy to Tyson (and having her present during the primetime telecast, where she’ll be assured a standing O).

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    24Emmy
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    Tyson is the only person that deserves the win. Janney’s episode is good, but not great, and definitely doesn’t touch her submission last year. I think Tyson gives the best performance and I don’t see the Emmys passing up on giving an Emmy to Tyson (and having her present during the primetime telecast, where she’ll be assured a standing O).

     

    They did exactly that just last year when she was deemed the favorite to win.

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    Rooney Moore
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    This is my 10th times saying that. But please do not use facts of last years or any previous years to make a prediction about this year.
    2015 will always be remembered as a year of revolution at the Emmys, whether bad or not .
    100 voter have decided Tyson shouldn’t win that Emmy last year, at most. More than 2k voter will now decide if she should win or not. Everything is so much different now and she can easily win this in a category that was full of name-checks.

    My only issue is that I just don’t think enough of voters watch HGAWM. We all know why Davis and Tyson were nominated, but other than them the show has no other nominations and it’s not even a big hit like Empire. And Tyson has only appeared in one episode, so it’s very possible that many of them haven’t even seen her in this role. That is my only doubt, what if they decide not to vote for someone they haven’t seen? But since all of them will rank the nominees, she probably won’t be anywhere below top 3 of everyone’s ballot either, so nothing stands in her way now.

    The only person I could consider a possible spoiler is Rigg, she is another vet they admire and for a plus fact she’s also in a show that we know they really watch. (Along with Brosnahan, but I’m not counting her a real threat in this category for obvious reasons.)
    Janney has three handicaps; She’s already won in this category for the same role last year; Masters of Sex is not as popular as last year and her role also was very shortened comparing to season 1; There is already an another more obvious category they could vote for her.(which she is considered to be clear frontrunner.)

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    Amanda Spears
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    I don’t see why everyone is making a big deal out of the fact that Tyson, only appears in one episode? Doesn’t Janney only appear in the season opener. It’s been awhile so I’m not a 100% sure on that. But going off episodes alone this is Tyson. I never thought she was going to pull that off last year and I’m extremely confident that this year she going to give the competition a knock out punch.

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    Deniz Sisman
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    I don’t see why everyone is making a big deal out of the fact that Tyson, only appears in one episode? Doesn’t Janney only appear in the season opener. It’s been awhile so I’m not a 100% sure on that. But going off episodes alone this is Tyson. I never thought she was going to pull that off last year and I’m extremely confident that this year she going to give the competition a knock out punch.

    Because Janney’s character has been widely featured in the first season and her nomination this year was mostly a continuation of that while Tyson’s character was one and only thing.

    And I’m sorry but I’m not getting at all that praise about Tyson’s performance. And believe me, I love her and her acting, and I love how she’s so active on social media despite her age and everything. She just was so subtle and plain here, Viola Davis was the one who has made all of their scenes impactful and memorable for me. I wouldn’t definitely consider Cicely’s acting bad on here, totally not.
    But I think we give her a credit because she’s old and she looks respectable&venerable even if she doesn’t do anything on screen. Diana Rigg was another example of this. Neither of them are deserving to win this award in my book, but looking at other nominees, I wouldn’t call them a bad winners either. Brosnahan is the only one truly deserves this award. 

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    Leon94
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    I wonder why people are comparing last year to this year with Cicely Tyson. She has a solid episode with range, empathy and impact. Her performance along with Viola Davis’ performance was highly praised. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins. The spoiler in this category is Allison Janney.

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    Atypical
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    I’ve seen all the nominees except Margo Martindale, but from what I can tell, she either had very short screentime and/or I’m not missing much from her exclusion. WIth the rest of the nominees, I’m pleased enough with how they ended up, content wise. Cicely Tyson towers above the field, so I think that she’ll win this category maybe not in a cakewalk, but by a comfortable margin. “Mama’s Here Now” really is the ideal submission with something for everyone in it, and it doesn’t hurt matters that she’s a legend who delivered toe-for-toe against a high-profile Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee. Losing a high-profile race of her own last year can also factor into this year’s race too, since momentum does count in races like these. Diana Rigg gets second place with a great episode that displays all of her character’s gravitas, wit, and regality. With a little more screentime, I might have placed her for the upset, since it’s clear voters loved this fifth season of “Game of Thrones” despite its many problematic failings. If anyone can rise above being a repeat winner and making history in the process, it’s Allison Janney. She was great in the season premiere of “Masters of Sex.” I knew that she would be nominated again. The episode isn’t as impactful as her winning tape last year, but it’s still powerful. She’s right in the thick of things opposite Beau Bridges, who is the one everyone should watch out for in Guest Actor in a Drama Series now that some obvious contenders are MIA (David Hyde Pierce, Courtney B. Vance, Dylan Baker, Lars Mikkelsen, Robert Morse, etc.). Rachel Brosnahan’s nomination is one of my favorites of the year. I’m proud that I was one of the very few people here that predicted her. She basically Kate Mara’d her way to a nomination and did a better job at it of the two actresses. If she were a bigger name (like maybe her doppelgänger Evan Rachel Wood), she would be higher ranked. Some have maligned Khandi Alexander getting in, but I loved her appearances on “Scandal.” You need a bad bitch to play Olivia Pope’s terrorist mama, and dammit, this is the woman to do it! The screentime is very brief, but her impact is quite high. I hope she gets a few extra votes for her stellar snubbed work in “Bessie.” WIth the success that “Scandal” has had in the guest categories in the past, don’t be all that surprised over a possible upset. I’m not predicting that way since Tyson has the kind of submission that has won actors Emmys in the past, but this is a weird year where anything can and might transpire.

    Rankings:

    1. Cicely Tyson, “How to Get Away With Murder” (“Mama’s Here Now”)
    2. Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” (“The Gift”)
    3. Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex” (“Parallax”)
    4. Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards” (“Chapter 39”)
    5. Khandi Alexander, “Scandal” (“Where the Sun Don’t Shine”)
    N/A Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (“I Am Abassin Zadran”)

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