Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

The Emmy Awards are less than a week away, and we here are TVRage are bringing you our predictions on who will take home the big awards. Saturday, we gave you our thoughts on the Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie category, while we shared our guesses for the Supporting Actor and Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie awards. Earlier today, we shared our thoughts on the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award, and now, we're going for the Supporting Actress in a Drama series category. 

And the nominees are: 

  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife (Episode: "Alienation of Affection") (CBS)
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates on Downton Abbey (Episode: "Episode Seven") (PBS)
  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White on Breaking Bad (Episode: "Cornered") (AMC)
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men (Episode: "The Other Woman") (AMC)
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife (Episode: "The Dream Team") (CBS)
  • Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey (Episode: "Episode One") (PBS)

Last year's winner in this category was the well-deserved Margo Martindale for her stint on FX's Justified. Since she's no longer a contender for the award, the role of the incumbent is really split between two nominees. There's Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith, who has, along with the series, moved up into the Dramatic Series big leagues. Smith won Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie last year, though whether or not she has the same chances in this 'bigger' category remains to be seen -- though she'll certainly win before her Downton co-star Joanne Froggatt does. Similarly, Archie Panjabi won two years ago in this category, making her a frontrunner over her Good Wife co-star Christine Baranski. 

Anna Gunn, as good as she is, probably won't get the trophy for her role as Skyler White on AMC's Breaking Bad, mostly because she's overshadowed by fellow AMC actress Christina Hendricks, who is the most likely winner of the bunch. This is the third year that Hendricks has been up for the award, and she's certainly the most deserving this year. She's nominated for the Mad Men season 5 episode "The Other Woman," in which she delivered an absolute powerhouse of a performance -- one of the most talked-about of Mad Men's entire fifth season. There's no doubt in my mind that she'll win, and I would bet that most Emmy voters feel the same way. 

WHO SHOULD WIN: Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN: Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

What do you think? Am I right? Let me know in the comments section below. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 23 on ABC. 

- The Emmy Awards
- Christina Hendricks

Written by: mcpherson
Sep 17th, 2012, 2:49 pm

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