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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Final Predictions: Regina King aims to fend off a flood of HBO and FX contenders and go three-for-three in "American Crime."

Big Little Lies Season 1 Laura Dern

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Last Year’s Winner: Regina King, “American Crime”
Still Eligible:
Hot Streak: Regina King won two years in a row for her roles in “American Crime.” ABC cancelled the well-reviewed but low-rated anthology series after its third season.
Fun Fact: No one has won more than twice in this category, though Kathy Bates holds the record for most nominations with seven total nods.

“American Crime” may have missed the cut in the Limited Series category, but there’s no stopping Regina King. She’s won two years in a row for her varying roles on John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama. Could she go three-for-three, even after the show’s been canceled?

In her way are the two hottest limited series of the Emmys: “Big Little Lies” and “Feud: Bette & Joan.” Specifically, she’s hoping for Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley to split the vote, while Judy Davis and Jackie Hoffman do the same. Both shows lead the field in total nominations Both sets of actresses are well-liked. But Dern’s overdue for a win (she’s zero for six so far), Davis is a three-time winner, and their co-stars are enjoying their first nominations. History could make a difference here.

And then there was one: Three-time Oscar-winner Michelle Pfeiffer is also an Emmy first-timer, but does that matter when she’s been acclaimed so often, for so long, at so many other award shows? Probably not. Plus, her turn in “The Wizard of Lies” employs a thick, consistent, and downright fantastic accent — Pfeiffer fans may not be able to resist.

Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and best highlights from the 2017 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all categories, as well.

The Nominees:

  1. Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
  2. Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
  3. Jackie Hoffman, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
  4. Regina King, “American Crime”
  5. Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
  6. Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Will Win: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Could Win: Judy Davis, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Should Win: Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

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