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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Three "Game of Thrones" stars compete for one trophy. Will the in-fighting open up a door for someone else?

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Quick Hits

  • Last Year’s Winner: Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Was It an Upset? Yes, if only because she shifted categories from comedy to drama.
  • Still Eligible? Yes, but she wasn’t nominated.
  • Hot Streak: Christine Baranski has been nominated six years running without a win.
  • Fun Fact: Despite landing a nomination three years in a row — and two in this category last year — a “Game of Thrones” actress has never won an Emmy — or a Golden Globe.

READ MORE: ‘UnREAL’ Season 2 Finale: Constance Zimmer Talks Twists, Takeaways & Season 3 Plans

Constance Freakin’ Zimmer!

How happy we were to see the queen of quips make the cut for “UnREAL,” and now all we can think about is how she might win. She’ll have to top three “Game of Thrones” stars to do it, so that means vote splitting would have to go in her favor (which is possible). Zimmer will also be hoping the Academy isn’t feeling too nostalgic, which could help Dame Maggie Smith win her fourth Emmy for the final season of “Downton Abbey.” And if you put Zimmer up head-to-head with Maura Tierney, who gave a more powerful and empathetic turn in “The Affair’s” second season than its first, well, Zimmer just has to hope voters respect her comedic timing as much as her dramatic deliveries.

Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2016 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all the categories, as well.

READ MORE: Maura Tierney is a Thoughtful Mess in ‘The Affair’ — And Deserves an Emmy For It (Exclusive Video)

The Nominees: 

  1. Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
  2. Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
  3. Dame Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  4. Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
  5. Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”
  6. Constance Zimmer, “UnREAL”

Will Win: Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Could Win: Dame Maggie Smith, “Downon Abbey”
Should Win: Constance Zimmer, “UnREAL”

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