Margo Martindale shocks with short ‘The Americans’ performance to win Drama Guest Actress

Margo Martindale The Americans Emmy Award Best Drama Guest Actress

Margo Martindale had a very short performance on this season’s penultimate episode of “The Americans,” but it was enough for her to win her second Emmy Award on Saturday night. She was way behind in our poll of experts, editors, and users, seemingly quite surprised at her own victory while accepting the award on stage.

Martindale’s first Emmy win was for her villainous role on “Justified” in 2011. Since then she has received three straight nominations for playing KGB handler Claudia on the FX drama series.

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According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, she was supposedly far behind in fifth place with 33/1 odds. Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder“) was the frontrunner with 1/4 odds. Six-time champ Allison Janney (“Masters of Sex), who won this category last year for the same role, was in second place with 9/1 odds. First-time nominee Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards“) was in third at 25/1, followed by Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones“) at 50/1. In last place was Khandi Alexander (“Scandal“).

In her submitted episode “I Am Abassin Zadran,” Gabriel (Frank Langella), the current handler for KGB spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), meets with Claudia to reassure him about a course of action. Gabriel is having second thoughts about recruiting Philip and Elizabeth’s teenage daughter, but Claudia encourages him to proceed. She describes the fallout in Russia after a similar plan failed catastrophically with another family of spies, but she insists that their superiors have faith in Gabriel to succeed where others failed.

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Photo: Margo Martindale in “The Americans.” Credit: FX

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