2017 Emmy predictions: Best Drama Supporting Actress

The 2017 Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actress are Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) and Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

Be sure to make your own predictions in this race as well as the rest of the Primetime Emmy categories and compete against our Emmy experts who cover this race year-round for such leading media outlets, as well as the two dozen amateurs who ranked in the Top 24 last year, the all-stars who did well for two years in a row, and thousands of Emmy fans just like you. (Scroll down to see up-to-date racetrack odds derived from all of these predictions.)

Only one of this year’s nominees has won before: Aduba in 2014 and 2015. Last year’s category champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) is no longer eligible as her show went off the air. 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.

Uzo Aduba has had a unique Emmy history so far for “Orange is the New Black,” winning Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2014, winning Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2015, and then being snubbed in 2016. As Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Abuda continues being one of the standout performers on the popular Netflix dramedy.

Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) is undoubtedly TV’s breakout star of the year thanks to playing Eleven on Netflix’s 1980s-set sci-fi drama. An Emmy victory for Brown would make her one of the youngest recipients in TV history. Can she pull off the unthinkable and prevail?

Character actress Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is a former SAG contender for “Captain Fantastic” (Best Film Ensemble, 2016) but this is her first Emmy nomination. In fact, she scored two this year thanks to her final appearance on “The Leftovers” as Best Drama Guest Actress.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

After years of playing bit parts on TV shows, Chrissy Metz has found the role of a lifetime as sibling Kate Pearson on NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.” Not only has her performance brought her fan admiration and critical acclaim, but Metz now has an inaugural Emmy nomination to follow up her first Golden Globe bid.

After taking home the Critics’ Choice Award last year, can Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) now claim TV’s highest honor? The British thespian takes on the role of a robot named Maeve, a brothel madam who discovers that her whole life is a lie on the HBO sci-fi western that earned more Emmy noms (22) than any other drama.

Another star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” finds herself nominated in this race: Samira Wiley, who contends for this Hulu role as Moira, the best friend of Elisabeth Moss‘s Offred. Wiley gets the benefit of appearing both in the present-day dystopian storyline and in happier flashbacks, allowing her to showcase her range.

UPDATED: August 10, 2017

Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) — 1/1 odds

Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) — 7/2 odds

Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) — 9/2 odds

Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) — 16/1 odds

Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) — 40/1 odds

Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) — 66/1 odds

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