Following an intense look at the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, we are now back with a pretty dominant group of ladies who are all contending for one award.
While the race for the men seems to be between three people (two of whom being “Breaking Bad” stars), we really see this one has having a clear frontrunner, and then five people all desperately trying to rise to the occasion.
6. Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” – We are absolutely thrilled to see Joanne nominated, mostly because here character of Anna is one of the unsung heroes in the “Downton Abbey” universe. Unfortunately, this status also means that she is pretty unlikely to have any serious shot at winning — especially since most of the votes are going to go to one of her co-stars.
5. Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” – Christine is in many ways similar to Joanne — she’s a great actress on a popular drama series, butt is not likely to get most of the love when it comes to the voting. Instead, it will go to someone else on her show.
4. Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” – The fact that a woman on this show finally received a little bit of love is exciting, but this is going to be tough for Anna to pull off a win here. Unfortunately, Sykler simply isn’t getting as much to work with as Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, or of course Bryan Cransotn.
3. Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife” – As a past winner, it’s hard to ever really rule Panjabi out when it comes to winning another trophy. As great of a character as Kalinda is, though, there are two things working against her — the fact that “The Good Wife” as a whole was snubbed from the Drama Series category, and that there are two performances listed above her that may be more pressing for Emmy voters.
2. Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” – It’s still stunning to think that a single actor from “Mad Men” has yet to win an Emmy, and there is a part of us that thinks that Hendricks has a shot this year courtesy of what Joan did in order to receive a share in SCDP. Outside of that episode, though, she has had some better material in other seasons.
1. Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” – The Dorager Countess is in many ways the Tyrion Lannister of “Game of Thrones” — she brings a touch of snark to an otherwise serious show, and it’s hard to imagine anything working without her. Smith and Julian Fellowes have created an iconic character here, one that we as TV fans are going to remember for years even after this show is gone.
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