Regina King has been the queen of the limited series/TV movie races the past few years. She pulled off two consecutive shockers in 2015 and 2016 with supporting wins for “American Crime” and is now gunning for her third upset in four years with “Seven Seconds.”
King’s nomination for the Netflix series was a surprise in an of itself. Our nominations odds erroneously had King in ninth place, but in hindsight, it’s all of our fault for underestimating her. She’s become such an Emmy force the last three years — she was also nominated last year for “American Crime” — that it was foolish to count her out. She also has a baity role as the mother of a boy who’s left for dead after being hit by a car driven by a white police officer, after which a cover-up ensues.
But maybe we’re learning our lesson. King has moved up to second place in our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress odds, with two Experts, Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) and Robert Rorke (New York Post), predicting her for the win. She trails Laura Dern (“The Tale”), who beat her last year as part of the “Big Little Lies” steamroll and prevented King from being the first person to win the supporting actress category three times. Will Dern go 2-0 against King? Is Dern King’s Emmy kryptonite?
King has defeated one of her current rivals before, her longtime friend Sarah Paulson, who’s up for “American Horror Story: Cult.” Paulson lost her supporting bids for “Freak Show” in 2015 and “Hotel” in 2016, the year she won in lead for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
This is the first time King is facing off against another Emmy favorite, four-time champ Edie Falco (“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”), four-time nominee Michelle Dockery (“Godless”) and first-time nominee Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”).
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