On “Game of Thrones” Cersei Lannister has manipulated, conspired, and killed her way to the Iron Throne over the course of seven seasons. But the presumably less murderous actress who plays her, Lena Headey, still hasn’t been crowned at the Emmys despite three previous nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2014-2016). However, a couple of our elite users think she’s the one to beat this year.
When you combine the predictions of the thousands of Gold Derby users who have entered their picks thus far Headey ranks fourth with 6/1 odds, while another imperious woman maintains the lead, defending champ Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). But two of our All-Star Top 24 Users, Trevor and Perfectly Weird, think Headey has the edge.
Their predictions carry more weight than the average user when calculating our odds because the All-Star Top 24 got the highest predictions scores when you combine the last two years’ Emmy nominations. They have not only been savvy in predicting previous Emmy races, they have also been consistent, so it’s worth heeding their advice when making your own picks.
Headey spent season seven of “Thrones” preparing for war against her rivals for the throne, but this year she might have the Emmy field all to herself for a change. When she was last nominated in 2016 she was up against two of her co-stars, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams. The award ended up going to Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), and vote-splitting between the “Thrones” women may have been a contributing factor.
Before that, in 2015, Headey and Clarke were both nominated but the award went to Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) instead. The only time Headey was the lone representative from “Thrones” in the category was 2014, but that year she and “Thrones” faced the juggernaut of “Breaking Bad’s” final season, for which Anna Gunn prevailed.
As of this writing Headey is the only “Thrones” actress we’re predicting for a Drama Supporting Actress nom. Her past rival Clarke has moved up to the lead category, so they won’t have to go head-to-head this year. Williams is eligible for this award again this year, but she’s considered a long shot with 100/1 odds.
If Headey can consolidate all of the “Thrones” support this year that could be enough to overtake Dowd, and it would end the longstanding drought for the women of “Thrones.” The only actor of any gender who has ever won for the series is Peter Dinklage (Best Drama Supporting Actor in 2011 and 2015). So while the show’s actresses have had no trouble earning nominations , they still haven’t made it to the finish line. Seriously, who else does Cersei have to kill to win an Emmy already?
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