Emmy Preview 2018: Supporting Actress in a Limited Series / TV Movie wishlist; vote for your favorite!

Who should be nominated for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series / TV Movie at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards? We are back with another edition of our annual CarterMatt Emmy Preview Series to answer this very question!

One of the things that stands out the most in this particular category is the sheer diversity of genres within it. Some of the actresses on our list are featured in everything from Westerns to horror stories to period pieces. Some are in the past, whereas others are in the present. The most important thing insofar as the nominees go is that every one of them delivers a performance that really sticks with us from start to finish.

In addition to sharing our dream nominees, at the bottom of this article is a poll for you to vote for your own favorites! We will announce our reader picks on July 11, 2018, one day before the actual Emmy nominations are announced. Hopefully, this is a way to kick off the Emmy campaign period in a fun, super-engaging manner for everyone.

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CarterMatt Wishlist – Supporting Actor in a Limited Series / TV Movie

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) – Cruz had the task this season of playing Donatella Versace, and that is no easy feat given just how notable a person she is within the fashion world. She’s got a distinctive personality and Cruz captured that, while also bringing some of her own distinct flair to the part. We wish that we saw more of her throughout the series, but without a doubt Cruz gave this role everything that we could have wanted.

Nicole Kidman, Top of the Lake: China Girl (SundanceTV) –  Even though she was the recipient of so much acclaim last year for her work on Big Little Lies, is it still possible to take Nicole Kidman for granted? We think so, just on the basis of the fantastic performance that she put in here on the limited series. It didn’t get anywhere near the same sort of buzz as the aforementioned HBO show, but we actually think her performance as Julia here was as poignant to watch as almost any other that we’ve seen from her throughout her career.

Billie Lourd, American Horror Story: Cult (FX) –  Cult was the first appearance for Billie Lourd across the American Horror Story franchise, and we think that sometimes what can happen  with this series is that newcomers can get lost in the sea of performers who are a part of this show. Luckily, that didn’t happen here as Winter Anderson was a magnetic, memorable, and absolutely-creepy character through all of her scenes.

Anna Paquin, Alias Grace (Netflix) – Alias Grace is one of those series that we feel like people will be discovering a few years from now and kicking themselves for not realizing how great it was earlier. This is a stellar story and Paquin’s performance as Nancy Montgomery is one of the reasons why it sticks out in our mind. While we loved her in True Blood, this may be pound for pound our favorite performance from her on television to date.

Merritt Wever, Godless (Netflix) – We had a feeling that we’d love Wever on this limited series the moment that we realized she was a part of it. Mary Agnes was a tough character who’d been through so much pain in her life — yet, she also showed a sense of power and inner strength over the course of the story while also keeping some element of vulnerability. She’s the sort of character worthy of a limited series in her own right, let alone a supporting role in this one.

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