Emmy legend Cicely Tyson is back in contention yet again this year for her fan-favorite guest role as Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis‘ Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder.” The 93-year-old actress has been nominated twice so far for ABC’s drama series, losing to Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) in 2015 and Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) in 2017. If she gets nominated again, can she finally take home the trophy?
Tyson’s previous Emmy victories include Best Movie/Mini Actress for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” in 1974, for which she also took home a special award for Actress of the Year, and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” in 1994. The actress also has an Oscar nomination to her name for “Sounder” (Best Actress, 1972).
“I’m Going Away,” the Season 4 premiere of “HTGAWM,” is the episode that Tyson submitted for consideration on the 2018 Emmy ballot. That’s the emotional episode where Annalise and Ophelia argue about whether she should be moved to a nursing home, which Ophelia finally agrees to do. According to Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions, 18 of our 19 Experts forecast that she’ll be nominated for Best Drama Guest Actress. But at this time, none of them predict she’ll win.
Instead, the majority of our Experts (14 out of 19) are banking on a victory by Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”) for her final appearance on the show. They are: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ben Travers (Indiewire) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).
The other five Experts are split between two guest actresses from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo) predict Samira Wiley, while Chris Harnick (E) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times) forecast Marisa Tomei. Wiley earned a nomination last year as a supporting actress for the Hulu hit, while new cast member Tomei is a former Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for “My Cousin Vinny” (1992).
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