Julia Barr was the first. As Brooke English on “All My Children” she competed for Emmys eight times spanning 21 years, alternating between categories. Though she lost all six of her lead-acting nominations over the years, she won both of her supporting bids (1990 and 1998), so for her the category proved to be a blessing rather than a curse.
Unlike Barr, Gina Tognoni accomplished the feat in just three years. She joined “Guiding Light” as Dinah Marler in 2004 and played the role until the show’s cancellation in 2009. During that time she earned three straight nominations for Best Supporting Actress (2006-2008), winning her first and last bids.
Nancy Lee Grahn had the longest wait between wins. She won Supporting Actress in 1989 for playing Julia Wainwright on “Santa Barbara.” After that series ended she joined the cast of “General Hospital” as Alexis Davis, earning six more acting nominations, half of which were in the lead category, but she finally won again as a supporting actress in 2012.
That doesn’t mean all other Supporting Actress champs are doomed. In fact, several have earned promotions: Jess Walton (“The Young and the Restless“), Susan Haskell (“One Life to Live“), Michelle Stafford (“Y&R”), and Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful“) all followed their supporting wins with later victories in the Best Actress race.
Of this year’s 10 Supporting Actress pre-nominees, two have previously won the category: Grahn, who could pull off an unprecedented three-peat, and her “GH” co-star Jane Elliot, who currently leads our predictions with 9/5 odds. Elliot last won the category in 1981 and hasn’t been nominated since 1993.
Will one of them prevail, or will Supporting Actress crown a new winner yet again? Make your predictions below: