Patricia Clarkson is the frontrunner to win the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress Emmy for “Sharp Objects” in our early odds, which would mark her third Emmy win overall. But more impressively, it would give Clarkson a perfect 3-for-3 record.
Clarkson converted her first two nominations into wins, both in the Best Drama Guest Actress category in 2002 and 2006 for “Six Feet Under,” on which she played Sarah O’Connor, Ruth’s (Frances Conroy) estranged sister. She is one of five people to have won that category twice, a record, alongside Shirley Knight, Margo Martindale, Amanda Plummer and Alfre Woodward. More notably, Clarkson and Martindale, who went back to back in 2015-16 for “The Americans,” are the only ones to do so for playing the same character on the same show.
It’s no surprise that Clarkson is the Emmy favorite this year. She crushed it once again on “Sharp Objects” as Adora Crellin, the cunning matriarch who has damaged her daughters Camille (Amy Adams) and Amma (Eliza Scanlen) in more ways than one. In January, Clarkson won the catch-all supporting Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award. She also received a bid alongside Adams in the Screen Actors Guild Awards’ single category, which was won by Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”).
To bat 1000 every time out is obviously incredibly difficult to do. Think of all the stars with multiple nominations who’ve never won an Emmy. And while Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never lost an acting statuette for “Veep,” she has lost multiple bids for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Laura Linney has an equally jaw-dropping record, going four out of five; she won her first three (for “Wild Iris,” 2002; “Frasier,” 2004; “John Adams,” 2008) before losing on her fourth nomination, for “The Big C” in 2011, and then added a fourth win for “The Big C: Hereafter” in 2013.
Clarkson won’t have to deal with Arquette at the Emmys — for “Escape at Dannemora.” Arquette is looking to double up with a nomination in the supporting category with her Hulu anthology series “The Act” and is in second place in our odds. Sally Field (“Maniac”) is in third, followed by Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story: Apocalypse”), Carmen Ejogo (“True Detective”) and Clarkson’s co-star Elizabeth Perkins.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.