Uh-oh, will reigning Emmy champ Julianna Margulies (‘The Good Wife’) be snubbed?

Even though Julianna Margulies won a second Emmy last year for her starring role in “The Good Wife,” I am wondering if she will number among the nominees this time around. Sure, she sits in fourth place on our Best Drama Actress predictions chart, with odds of 6/1. But back in 2013, two years after she first won for this role, she was snubbed despite Emmy voters making room for a seventh nominee. 

This year, there is exceptionally large pool of talented contenders on the ballot. Might voters move on from Margulies to allow others to have their chance? We asked our awards-obsessed forum posters this question. After reading my rationale for concern and a a sampling of their comments below, join in their fierce debate on the subject HERE.

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How often does a reigning champ like Margulies not invited back the following year? More often than you would think. In this category alone, it happened to the likes of Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer,” 2011), Patricia Arquette (“Medium,” 2005), Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” 2004) and Sela Ward (“Sisters,” 1994).

The Drama Actress category is completely stacked this year, with all of last year’s other nominees also eligible again: Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex“), Claire Danes (“Homeland“), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey“), Kerry Washington (“Scandal“), and Robin Wright (“House of Cards“). Add to that list four former nominees looking to make a comeback: Connie Britton (“Nashville“), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“), Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: SVU”), and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men“). And then there are the freshman contenders led by SAG winner Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder“), Critics Choice champ Taraji P. Henson (“Empire“), Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair“) and former comedy nominee Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black“). Also in the hunt are Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander“), Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch“), Gillian Anderson (“The Fall“), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“), and Keri Russell (“The Americans“).

After reading what our forum posters had to say, be sure to make your predictions for Best Drama Actress using our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post. 

Atypical: I’m keeping Margulies in my predictions. I think Washington is the odd woman out this year unless the field expands to seven nominees.

Irishmovielover4ever: I love Margulies but this year the plot she was given just didn’t work for me and the inner fighting between her and Archie Panjabi really came to the surface more then ever this season and really has affected her performance this season for me and she just isn’t deserving.

PianoMann: I think Margulies will be nominated. She has been dropped before, but it wasn’t in the year directly following her victory in the category. I don’t see her most recent win as a Kyra Sedgwick-esque situation where the performer finally had the right submission, wins their trophy, and then is ditched.

Rich Landry: I recently took her out of my predictions too. I think we will see a big decrease for The Good Wife this year. I also took out Christine Baranski even though she is very worthy. I think Caplan or Wilson will get Margulies spot.

KylieistBoi: If there is a surprise snub it will be Robin Wright, not Julianna Margulies. Both women were amazing in their respective series but so were many other women in their series. Probably we’ll see Kerry Washington and Lizzy Caplan leaving for Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson. I just don’t see Ruth Wilson getting a nomination in this crowd and three new nominees in a category where all of the previous nominees are eligible again? Doesn’t seem possible to me.

Boidiva2: Yes. I see Julianna being dropped this year, along with Claire Danes. I think there are too many newer faces eligible whose series are on much hotter streaks right now.

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