Emmys 2016 Slugfest: Best Drama Guest Actress
Who will win the Emmy for Best Drama Guest Actress? After watching the episodes submitted by each of the nominees, my Gold Derby colleagues Marcus James Dixon, Riley Chow, Zach Laws, Amanda Spears and I got together via webcam (watch above) to share our thoughts on who we think will win and why.
The nominees are Ellen Burstyn (“House of Cards”) for the episode “Chapter 41,” Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex”) for the episode “Matters of Gravity,” Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) for the episode “The Magic of David Copperfield,” Laurie Metcalf (“Horace and Pete”) for “Episode 103,” Molly Parker (“House of Cards”) for the episode “Chapter 45” and Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”) for the episode “Targets.”
“As far as I am concerned, this category is a slam dunk! Ellen Burstyn is going to win for ‘House of Cards’!” Dixon proclaims as his opening remark. However, I am not so sure that this category is a done deal, and argue that three-time Emmy champ Metcalf (“Roseanne,” 1992-1994) is the frontrunner. She reaped three acting nominations this year (in addition to this category, she’s also up for Best Comedy Guest Actress for “The Big Bang Theory” and Best Comedy Actress for “Getting On”).
“I understand Ellen Burstyn is the favorite, and she’s excellent in ‘House of Cards.’ But once you watch Laurie Metcalf in ‘Horace and Pete,’ how could you not predict her?” I ask. “I think this is the best performance on any medium of the year. The buzz for her when that episode was released was pretty strong for her, and I think because of that, she received two other Emmy nominations. I could not, in good conscience, not predict her to win this and I think there’s a strong possibility if they are watching the episodes.”
Chow agrees that Metcalf could be a surprise winner. “I think Rob is actually on to something when he said that ’Horace and Pete’ carried Laurie Metcalf in to get three nominations this year,” he explains, adding, “this category is fun, we have the last three winners here, as Margo Martindale, Allison Janney and Carrie Preston are all back.”