Ann Dowd (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’) retains Emmy lead, but one Expert predicts upset for her costar Alexis Bledel

Last year’s Emmy winner for Best Drama Supporting Actress was Ann Dowd, who plays tough-as-nails Aunt Lydia on “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She’s predicted to win again by the majority of our Expert journalists from major media outlets, however one Expert — Chris Harnick (E!) — goes rogue in predicting an upset for Dowd’s costar Alexis Bledel. Bledel also won an Emmy last year for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” though her victory was down in Best Drama Guest Actress. Because Bledel appeared in so many episodes in Season 2 of the Hulu hit, she’s now competing head-to-head against Dowd in the supporting race.

While Harnick is the only Expert who thinks Bledel will triumph for her role as tortured handmaid Emily, these 10 predict Dowd will prevail again for playing Aunt Lydia: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

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The other five Experts forecast that Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) will take home her first trophy: Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Ben Travers (Indiewire). Newton was nominated last year for playing robot Maeve on the HBO sci-fi drama and was the odds-on frontrunner to prevail. However, Dowd pulled off an “unbelievable” jaw-dropper on Emmy night thanks in part to a “Handmaid’s Tale” sweep.

Currently the six women predicted to earn Best Drama Supporting Actress nominations are Dowd, Bledel, Newton, Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) and Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”). Rounding out the Top 10 likely contenders are Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”), Margo Martindale (“The Americans”), Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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