Editors debate Drama Supporting Actress bloodbath: With so many open slots, ‘The field is clean’ [WATCH]

“The field is clean,” declares Gold Derby editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery about this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Supporting Actress. With reigning champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”) all ineligible, that means we could see a bloodbath in this category from new and returning contenders. Which six stars will earn Emmy nominations this year? Our Best Drama Supporting Actress discussion begins at the 26:20 mark in the video above.

Only two of 2016’s nominees are eligible this year: Maura Tierney (“The Affair”) and Constance Zimmer (“UnReal”). When our editors’ predictions are combined, the Top 11 contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress are Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Zimmer and Tierney.

“I think it’s Chrissy or Tandie that’ll win,” assures Beachum. “I think they’ve got the prestigious new shows, and if people do watch episodes they’ve got [strong] episodes. I don’t have anybody from last year getting in. I’ve got Vera. I think this feels right — she made a really good choice going supporting.”

In terms of the two competing “Stranger Things” co-stars, Dixon notes, “I think Winona is safer than Millie. [The Emmys] really don’t like kids.” However, he believes that Newton will ultimately prevail for her complex role of a robot on “Westworld.”

“It’s such a weird category,” says Montgomery. “[It’s difficult] trying to predict which six brand new people could get in, or returning people like Vera Farmiga or Uzo Aduba or Margo Martidnale, who have been nominated before for these roles.”

See Beachum’s Emmy predictions here, Dixon’s right here and Montgomery’s right here. When all of Gold Derby editors’ predictions are combined, these racetrack odds are created.

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