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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Supporting Actress

2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Supporting Actress

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

Anna Gunn, Maggie Smith, Christine Baranski and Christina Hendricks did indeed nab their third consecutive nominations in the category, this time joined by Joanne Forgott from “Downton Abbey” and Lena Headly from “Game of Thrones.” The latter two came as a bit of a surprise, especially considering the former is a relative unknown and the latter is usually overshadowed by co-star Emilia Clarke. Still, there’s no clear frontrunner here, meaning anyone could win. Anna Gunn probably has the edge given its her goodbye year, but this will be one of the more interesting races to track in 2014. 

Below are predictions for best drama supporting actress from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Joanne Forgott, “Downton Abbey”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Lena Headley, “Game of Thrones”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Ben’s predictions:
Will win: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Could win: Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Should win: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Shoulda been here: Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards”

Peter’s predictions:
Will win: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Could win: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Should win: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Shoulda been here: Maggie Siff, “Sons of Anarchy”

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I think Maggie Smith should win. She's done such an amazing job on Downton Abbey and she deserves the win. Unfortunately, Anna Gunn will win because it's the last season of Breaking Bad. I'm still rooting for Maggie, though, because she is the best thing about Downton.


i hope Anna gunn to win


I don't normally make a case for a show/performer for the Emmys; I'm usually satisfied with the nominations. First I would like to say, the above actresses are great. However I do feel one performer is missing, though I'm glad to see the comments mention her: Melissa McBride. I personally feel there's no other character like Carol on TV. I won't go into detail, in case there's anyone who wants to start watching the show or needs to catch up, but I'll end by saying I read a review that said McBride was given an actor's gold mine and she played it for all it's worth. I fully agree. Best of luck to everyone.


I have read throughout the internet about who should get what and who snubbed who some years or so. After carefully watching ALL the submitted shows (I'm an Emmy-LOVER), I think I have an analysis of who should get what.

Last year, a lot were snubbed, believe me. In the supporting category for Actress in a Drama, the battle was too condensed and subbing! But my thoughts on the nominees are:

Nominated in no order:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Betsy Brandt, Breaking Bad
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Bellamy Young, Scandal
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy


I am a television critic and here is my opinion.

If Joanne Froggatt submits her "raping-scene" episode, she has it in the bag. The acting was superb and is no match for anyone, well, she would be in a battle with co-star Dame Maggie Smith if Smith submitted her "sick" scene episode. But, no one will know if the Emmys love Downton Abbey more than the likes of other shows.

Breaking Bad should get two slots for their amazing Anna Gun and Betsy Brandt, whom I believe never got a nomination.

About Froggatt's possible win… if the genre-biased could stop, then Melissa McBride gets a nomination, and believe me, a possible win.

Mad Men should have a nomination here for Christina Hendricks.

But I hate True Detective's stupid move; if they stayed at Mini-Series, then they would not stand a chance against Fargo's Allison Tolman, Normal Heart's Julia Roberts and AHS: Coven's actresses (Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe, Angella Bassett, Frances Conroy or Taissa Farmiga). But they had to submit here. PLEASE! They could not stand a chance against The Americans, Bates Motel and other Drama that deserves some wins.

Final list:

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey (Strong actress, voted for her)
Melissa McBride, Walking Dead (Stupid genre-biased people)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Never will lose a nomination)
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective (Never has a chance against the others)
Christine Hendricks, Mad Men (Really? She should win finally, but not this year)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (Have you watched this year's Thrones? I was looking for Williams throughout)

My bet is high on Froggatt, but as usual, the Emmys is less the Equivalent of the Academy Awards (Motion Picture) but more People's Choice Awards (Fan voted).


My predictions for nominations (in no particular order):
Betsy Brandt, Breaking Bad
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Who will win: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Who could win: Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Who should win: Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Who should be here: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)


the grove is THE BEST tv episode I have ever seen and it is all because of melissas incredible performance…left me speechless


I can think of a bunch of actresses from Game of Thrones way more deserving of an Emmy nomination than Emilia Clarke (unless they create a new category for Actress Who Can Go the Longest without Blinking). Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie are my favorites, but Sophie Turner really stepped up her game this year. Lena Headey is always excellent, and the peerless Diana Rigg was more than just a guest star this season. Clarke is pretty to look at, but as a performer she can only hit about two notes.

Johnny Chang

If anybody deserves a nomination from Downton Abbey it's Joanne Froggat. Compared to previous seasons, Downtown Abbey has just plummeted. However, Joanne gave a great performance (a far superior performance to Maggie Smith's snappy comebacks). It looks unlikely since Downtown will most likely (and deservingly) recieve little nomination; however, Joanne Froggatt is the only character who should be considered.


Philippe's predictions:
1. Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
2. Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
3. Betsy Brandt, Breaking Bad
4. Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
5. Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex
6. Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

In a Perfect World
Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead


Definitely going to have to go with Bellamy Young, especially after her Critics Choice win on Thursday night. She truly puts all that she has into Mellie and needs to be recognized for doing such. Bellamy is a fantastic actress and does such a great job portraying her character in Scandal.


It's a shame that the Emmy voters won;'t pay much attention to "The Walking Dead." Melissa McBride deserves a nomination by far.


My list would include Melissa McBride, Monica Potter, Maggic Siff. I love Downton Abbey and some of the other shows listed but these three were at the top of their craft this year. Melissa was just breathtaking. She is always outstanding but The Grove took the cake. There was not a finer moment this season for an actress than her performance in that episode. She not only deserves to be nominated, she deserved to win!


While I agree the talent in your predictions is some of the best, I also agree with commenters that Melissa McBride deserves to be nominated. McBride's portrayal of Carol is stunning and she was definitely given great material to work with in Season 4 of The Walking Dead.


I think Bellamy Young should have a shot at Best Supporting Actress this year. Her amazing work went almost universally unnoticed. Yet if you watch Season 3 of Scandal, anyone can see how she really put her all into Mellie.


Maggie Siff has deserved a nomination for years and deserves a win for this last season of SOA.


The best actors and actress do not always get the best material. Hayden Panettiere is the next Carrie Danes but the Nashville writers do not know what to do with her. Can you image her on GOT or Mad Men.


The options for this category this year are so much richer compared to last year. It's enough to oust Maggie Smith from the ballot entirely, a girl can hope.

My dream nominations:
Anna Gunn
Christine Baranski (to win)
Monica Potter
Hayden Panetierre
Maisie Williams
Bellamy Young


Maise Williams better be nominated at some point for Game of Thrones. That girl can act.


I have seen many of the above performances…Melissa McBride needs to be recognized over a few of the selections, or shoo ins…she is a basically untapped talent on TWD until this season, but she owns her craft and her character, and never over plays, but is always in the zone with Carol.


I agree with some of the others. Great list, but Melissa McBride deserves recognition for the superb performance she gave in The Grove. Her breath-taking performance has remained with me for weeks after the episode aired. The sheer emotion, Amazing!


Monica Potter in Parenthood. She's amazing! Way overdue


Melissa McBride is missingfrom this list. She deserves a nomination!


So glad there are many others that see the Melissa McBride omission and are willing to call it out. If she doesn't get a nomination this year, I'm not sure what she could do to get one!


I've seen every performance listed except The Good Wife and Mad Men, and Melissa McBride blew them all out of the water this season. What a shame that she isn't even considered a possibility because she's on a zombie show, yet a far less remarkable performance on a fantasy series is still a contender.


This truly needs to be amended to include Melissa McBride, if only for the "in a perfect world" category. If anything could break the Emmys' aversion to the The Walking Dead, it would be her performance this season.


Where is Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead not in the mix?


Seriously no Bellamy Young. She is the best in Scandal. Like your Hayden Panettiere selection though. As much as I love Game of Thrones I haven't really thought Emila Clarke is that deserving of a nomination. Also why is everyone thinking the True Detectives girl will make it. I haven't heard much praise if any at all for her.

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