2017 Emmy predictions: Best Drama Guest Actress

The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Guest Actress are Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”), Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and Alison Wright (“The Americans”).

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None of this year’s nominees have won before for these roles. Reigning two-time category champ Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) submitted in the supporting race this year, though she was snubbed. A recent shift in voting could result in many unexpected surprises at the 2017 Emmys. Gone are the days of TV academy members ranking the contenders in order of preference. Now, they simply pick their favorite choices in a straight plurality vote.

After years of being snubbed for “Gilmore Girls,” Alexis Bledel has at long last earned her first career bid. Bledel plays Ofglen on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” one of the titular handmaids who endures countless amounts of pain, both emotional and physical.

Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) was previously nominated in 2014 for playing transgender prisoner Sophia Burset, losing to cast mate Uzo Aduba. In Season 4 of the Netflix drama, Cox got to explore a powerful solitary confinement storyline.

Longtime character actress Ann Dowd portrays Patti Levin on HBO’s departing drama “The Leftovers.” She also earned a second bid this year as Best Drama Supporting Actress for acting opposite Bledel in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” though in a supporting role.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

Shannon Purser was a bit of a surprise on Emmy nominations morning for portraying Barb on Netflix’s sci-fi drama “Stranger Things.” However, despite her relatively small screen time, the actress entered the cultural consciousness in a big way.

Three-time Emmy winner Cicely Tyson could win trophy #4 this year thanks to her guest role as Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis‘ Annalise Keating, on “How to Get Away with Murder.” She was previously nominated for the ABC legal thriller’s debut season in 2015.

Alison Wright (“The Americans”) earned her first Emmy nomination for her ever-evolving role of Martha on the FX Russian spy drama. Because her screen time decreased this year, she was able to enter the guest race for the first time and it paid off.

UPDATED: August 14, 2017

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) — 9/5 odds

Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black”) — 11/5 odds

Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”) — 12/5 odds

Alison Wright (“The Americans”) — 10/3 odds

Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder”) — 10/3 odds

Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”) — 10/3 odds

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