2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Supporting Actress in a Drama Emmy
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Voters love Crazy Eyes; Uzo Aduba has landed  two consecutive Emmys (in 2014 she was submitted in the guest actor category) including last year’s supporting actress win. She could well repeat this year, but faces some serious competition from previous nominees.

Expect to see “Game of Thrones” ladies Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey return; both are coming off a strong season. A previous nominee for “ER,” Maura Tierney is fresh off a Golden Globe win for “The Affair” and could break in to the Emmy race this year.

With “Downton Abbey” having wrapped, it’s likely previous winner Maggie Smith and previous nominee Joanne Froggatt will break into the category. Also bidding farewell was “The Good Wife,” for which Christine Baranski has amassed six nominations.

There’s also some new blood to consider. Prior to Aduba, the category was won in 2012-13 by Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad.” That show’s spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” has a wonderful supporting actress in Rhea Seehorn, who had a standout year as Bob Odenkirk’s love interest and business partner. And Neve Campbell could land her first nomination after years of standout work for her role in the “House of Cards” ensemble, as could actresses from new series like “Vinyl” and “Billions.”

FRONTRUNNERS

Uzo Aduba (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Christine Baranski (THE GOOD WIFE)

Neve Campbell (HOUSE OF CARDS)

Emilia Clarke (GAME OF THRONES)

Joanne Froggatt (DOWNTON ABBEY)

Lena Headey (GAME OF THRONES)

Miranda Otto (HOMELAND)

Rhea Seehorn (BETTER CALL SAUL)

Maggie Smith (DOWNTON ABBEY)

Maura Tierney (THE AFFAIR)

ON THE BUBBLE

Malin Akerman (BILLIONS)

Edie Falco (HORACE AND PETE)

Regina King (THE LEFTOVERS)

Jessica Lange (HORACE AND PETE)

Taryn Manning (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Melissa McBride (THE WALKING DEAD)

Kate Mulgrew (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Andrea Riseborough (BLOODLINE)

Maggie Siff (BILLIONS)

Olivia Wilde (VINYL)

Bellamy Young (SCANDAL)

Constance Zimmer (UNREAL)

DARK HORSES

Linda Cardellini (BLOODLINE)

Carly Chaikin (Mr. Robot)

Adelaide Clemens (RECTIFY)

Laverne Cox (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)

Portia Doubleday (MR. ROBOT)

Ann Dowd (THE LEFTOVERS)

Christina Hendricks (HAP & LEONARD)

Eve Hewson (THE KNICK)

Katie Holmes (RAY DONOVAN)

Margo Martindale (THE GOOD WIFE)

Elizabeth McGovern (DOWNTON ABBEY)

Lesley Nicol (DOWNTON ABBEY)

Juliet Rylance (THE KNICK)

Sissy Spacek (BLOODLINE)

Abigail Spencer (RECTIFY)

Holly Taylor (THE AMERICANS)

Juno Temple (VINYL)

Sophie Turner (GAME OF THRONES)

Maisie Williams (GAME OF THRONES)

Alison Wright (THE AMERICANS)

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  1. Alex Potter says:

    RHEA SEEHORN!!!!! Come on emmy voters!!

  2. Shouldn’t Nina Hoss be here for “Homeland”, among the dark horses, at least? Granted, it would be a very inspired choice and Otto has a bigger role, but she’s being submitted as Supp.Actress- being in 8 episodes out of 12- and she got raves for her scene-stealing performance.

  3. Kate says:

    Where is Caitroina Balfe?!?!

  4. Gary Berger says:

    Why is Eva Green on Penny Dreadful not getting any consideration? She is by far the best actor or TV right now.

  5. BD says:

    I understand the need to root for Neve Campbell. Seeing great actors from the past that finally decide to come out of hiding is a nice thing, and Campbell has always been great but….did you see House of Cards this season? This actress and her character looked like one of those classic cases where producers abandon a character with a lot of potential midway through the season. She was barely featured after a few episodes and when she was on, she got very little screentime or purpose. It seems as if Michael Kelly/Doug Stamper had more to do with her character than Campbell herself.

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