DARK HORSE: Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker in “Legion”
DARK HORSE: Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker in “13 Reasons Why”
DARK HORSE: Samira Wiley as Moira in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
DARK HORSE: Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in “The Crown”
DARK HORSE: Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard in “Marvel’s Luke Cage”
DARK HORSE: Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis in “House of Cards”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Sissy Spacek as Sally Raburn in “Bloodline”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Amy Brenneman as Laurie Garvey in “The Leftovers”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler in “Better Call Saul”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Constance Zimmer as Quinn King in “UnREAL”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman in “Underground”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Margo Martindale as Claudia in “The Americans”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid's Tale”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Maura Tierney as Helen Solloway in “The Affair”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in “Stranger Things”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers in “Stranger Things”
FRONTRUNNER: Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes in “Orange is the New Black”
FRONTRUNNER: Thandie Newton as Maeve in “Westworld”
FRONTRUNNER: Vera Farmiga as Mother in “Bates Motel”
FRONTRUNNER: Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson on “This Is Us”
For years, Maggie Smith was as sure a thing as the Emmys had. Now that “Downton Abbey” is off to the great costume drama beyond (aka the movies?), the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category is as wide open as it’s ever been. With multiple actresses from new streaming shows in their first year of eligibility, this is a group of contenders that stretches across multiple generations.
We’ve gathered the top dramatic actresses in all of TV, from the dark horses all the way through to the sure things. For each perfomer, we’ve also included whether or not they’ve taken home a statuette before and if they’ll have a shot again if 2017 doesn’t end up being their year.
For more analysis of this year’s Emmy races — comedy, drama or otherwise — visit our predictions homepage.
Previous Nominations: 0
Previous Wins: 0
Eligible After This Year?: Much like the show itself, Lenny continues to be an enigma. When we have a better idea of David’s ultimate whereabouts and a destination for Lenny, Plaza’s place in the show should be more solidified.
Eligible After This Year?: We’ve been arguing for her Emmy chances ever since the show premiered. With production underway on Season 2, Olivia’s search for answers figures to be a prominent part of the story going forward.
Previous Wins: 2 (both for “Orange is the New Black”)
Eligible After This Year?: Like the overall future of the show, it’s unclear. The “OITNB” Season 5 experiment left all its major characters in limbo — whether Suzanne will return or not is still up in the air.
Eligible After This Year?: It all depends on when in 2018 “Westworld” returns. But even the cast members have their own Maeve theories, so whenever the show does come back, Newton’s character will likely remain a significant focus.
Eligible After This Year?: The show is NBC’s breakout hit and Kate’s story has the most room to evolve. If “This is Us” stays in its audience’s good graces, this is a performance that could be in this category for a while.