Today, we’re wrapping up the Limited Series portion of our Emmy Preview series by focusing on the Supporting Actress category, which once again does have a bevy of great performers. You’ve got performers in a wide array of different shows, and one of the things that makes us happiest about this field is the boldness of many of these characters. You have literal killers, threatening presences, people with a sense of earnestness, and then those who are simply pushed to their breaking point. There’s a little bit of something for everyone!
Below, you can take a look at our field for this year, and at the bottom of the article, there is a poll for you to pick your own favorite of the field!
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The 2017 Emmy nominations will be formally announced on July 13. The results of all of our CarterMatt Emmy polls will be formally revealed on July 12 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific. They will officially close in the minutes leading up to that time.
CarterMatt Picks – Supporting Actress in a Limited Series / TV Movie
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Roanoke (FX) – Few people are terrifying quite like Kathy Bates when she’s got her teeth into a meaty role, and she had that here. The real bulk of her incredible work came later in the season as Agnes, an actor who got a little too close to her work to the point of insanity. Every season of this show we get for more Kathy Bates, and one of the reasons why is just how much she’s able to bring to the table in every scene she’s a part of.
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette & Joan (FX) – She may not have had the flashiest role in the production, but where would Joan Crawford be without Mamacita? Her longtime assistant-of-sorts was integral to her development, and Hoffman made the most of her screen time. Arguably the most powerful moment of the entire series is when Mamacita fulfills her threat to leave the second time that Joan throws something at her. It was a singular action with such a devastating consequence, played so incredibly well by someone who didn’t even have as much material to work with in the historical records.
Sandra Oh, American Crime (ABC) – Oh’s role was rather small in the grand scheme of things in the third season, but one that is still worth beholding. Long before she got international acclaim on Grey’s Anatomy we knew that she was an incredible actress. Her work on American Crime as Abby Tanaka is a further reminder of that — we just wish that more people had a chance to see it based on the show’s low ratings.
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Roanoke (FX) – It’s Sarah Paulson — what more do you need? One of television’s finest actors can make even the craziest material relatable, and she does that here. Also, she plays several different characters over this season, from Shelby to Audrey to eventually reprising her Asylum role of Lana Winters for the final episode. That sort of adaptability in a single season is a further reminder of everything she does great.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Fargo (FX) – Winstead had a challenge of shining through on a show with both Carrie Coon and Ewan McGregor taking up a large degree of the screen time. She still does that as Nikki Swango, the calculating parolee who is always looking ahead. These sort of characters with checkered past are some of what Fargo does best, especially when it comes to diverting expectations. Who would have expected her to go through what she did on this past episode, only to still sit down at the bowling alley and order a whiskey? Crazy, but also incredible.
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies (HBO) – Jane was a character who delivered consistently so much to the HBO show, and working alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon Woodley gave her best performance of her career. She knew when to go a little big, and also when to reel it back in as the story built to the central murder. She probably could have submitted here for a lead if she really wanted to, though we understand that field getting a little bit competitive. She and Laura Dern could both earn nominations this year in this category.
Now, we leave it to you to vote!
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