Are we underestimating Regina King (‘Seven Seconds’) at the Emmys — again?

After beating the odds twice for her work on ABC’s “American Crime,” Regina King is back in the hunt for Emmy No. 3 this year with Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.” Back in 2015, Gold Derby’s racetrack odds mistakenly had King in third place to win behind perceived frontrunners Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) and Mo’Nique (“Bessie”), while in 2016 our predictions erroneously placed her second behind Jean Smart (“Fargo”). Are our 2018 Emmy predictions underestimating King’s chances once again?

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In Netflix’s limited series, King takes on the role of Latrice Butler, the mother of a young boy who’s left for dead after being hit by a car driven by a white police officer. Themes of race and law enforcement soon erupt, and King’s character takes them all head on. Emmy voters love when TV shows tackle real-life social issues — whether it’s race relations in “The People v. O. J. Simpson” or female empowerment in “Big Little Lies” — and “Seven Seconds” does just that.

Much like the Emmys, TV critics fell in love with King’s performance. Kristen Baldwin (EW) wrote, “No one does heart-wrenching grief like Regina King.” Hank Stuever (Washington Post) noted, “King gives yet another showstopping performance.” And Matt Zoller Seitz (Vulture) remarked that King is “able to blend in to whatever woodwork happens to surround [her].”

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In the race for Best Movie/Mini Actress, King faces off against such fierce competitors as Laura Dern (“The Tale”), Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), Michelle Dockery (“Godless”), Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”) and Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”). Four of these leading ladies are prior Emmy winners: King for “American Crime” (2015-2016), Dern for “Big Little Lies” (2017), Paulson for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (2016) and Falco for both “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003) and “Nurse Jackie” (2010).

King told Gold Derby in our recent interview that she was initially “scared” to go on this emotional journey as Latrice. “First of all, just to lose a child is unimaginable but then to lose a child at the hands of someone else is even more devastating,” she explained. “The pain that parents feel when they go through this and because it is something that’s just so much of a reality right now in American culture, I kind of felt like I had to take the role.”

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