Will “Game of Thrones”-mania push Lena Headey over the edge to win her first-ever Emmy Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress, or will last year’s champ Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) take home her third trophy in three years? According to Gold Derby’s Emmy experts drawn from major media outlets, Aduba has leading 1/4 odds to win, but Headey isn’t too far behind in one of the more exciting races this year. See racetrack odds in all top Emmy races.
Aduba has the support of 11 of our 20 experts: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).
Headey has second-best odds of 2/3, with four experts predicting her to prevail on her third nomination: Don Kaplan (NY Daily News), Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Robert Rorke (New York Post).
Not to be outdone, three journalists think newcomer Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”) will win an Emmy to go along with her recent Critics’ Choice Award: Eric Deggans (NPR), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).
Of the remaining two experts, Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) predicts that Maggie Smith will earn a goodbye Emmy for the final season of “Downton Abbey,” while Anne Thompson (Indiewire) goes out on a limb for Miranda Otto for her one-and-done season of “Homeland.”
Last year’s nominees in the Drama Supporting Actress race were Headey, Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) and eventual winner Aduba. Hendricks is the only one of the six who is no longer eligible, so Emmy voters have the opportunity to honor someone new … or simply bring back Smith who was strangely snubbed last year.
Speaking of new blood, Regina King is a strong contender to hear her name called on July 14 for her stint on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” especially after she shocked awards-watchers last year by winning the Emmy for “American Crime.” And Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) could also follow-up her victory at the Golden Globes with an Emmy bid for Season 2 of her Showtime drama.
Below, see current odds for the Top 10 set by the experts’ picks. Make your predictions right here and compete against these experts and your friends.
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Odds to win
1.) Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) – 1/4
2.) Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) – 2/3
3.) Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”) – 3/2
4.) Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”) – 9/4
5.) Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) – 5/2
6.) Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) – 7/2
7.) Regina King (“The Leftovers”) – 6/1
8.) Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) – 7/1
9.) Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) – 8/1
10.) Miranda Otto (“Homeland”) – 9/1
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