“Emmy season has just gone on so long that I’ve lost my mind,” Gold Derby contributing editor Riley Chow prefaces before revealing in a slugfest on the main drama acting categories that he is now predicting Maggie Gyllenhaal to score a Best Drama Actress nomination. Despite a Golden Globe bid under her belt for her eligible performance in “The Deuce,” Gyllenhaal is a longshot with 100/1 odds in Gold Derby’s aggregate predictions. Amidst laughter from fellow contributors Zach Laws and Tom O’Brien, Amanda Spears asks, “Are you just drawing names at random?”
Spears is more receptive when Chow reveals that he is similarly going out on a limb in Best Drama Actor, for Jonathan Groff of “Mindhunter,” a prediction shared by Laws. “I love that you’re putting it out there and if you two are right, I’m going to be very happy that you have willed this into submission,” Spears responds, with Laws explaining, “It’s a terrific show; my god, it deserves its nominations!”
Considering Best Drama Supporting Actor, Laws points out, “Five out of the seven who got in last year are gone for some reason or another, leaving us with David Harbour [from ‘Stranger Things’] and Mandy Patinkin, who isn’t a safe bet to get in here, even with all the people out. […] He wasn’t [nominated for ‘Homeland’] in the first season, which he was great in. He’s in seasons two and three, then he’s out until season six, when Claire Danes and the show [are] out; what the hell?” Indeed, Gold Derby collectively predicted Patinkin to be nominated in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; he was nominated in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Steering conversation to Best Drama Supporting Actress nomination predictions, Chow asks, “Tom, who do you have in your six — and who are you leaving out? Maybe that’s the more important question?” O’Brien is still finalizing predictions and resolves to swap out incumbent nominee Millie Bobby Brown for Yvonne Strahovski, who was snubbed last year. O’Brien explains, “‘Stranger Things’ has cooled off enough and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ timing is much better.” Referencing an evil act by Strahovski’s character in the season’s last Emmy-eligible episode, O’Brien contends, “Actors will recognize the skill of what she did — that turn.”
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