Supporting and Lead Actress in a Drama: Critics Predict the Winner

by | August 21, 2014 | Comments

Should Anna Gunn just drive over to the Academy now and save herself the trouble of going on Monday? While she looks like the shoo-in for Supporting Actress in a Drama, the predictions for Lead Actress in a Drama are a bit more varied. Will it be Robin Wright? Julianna Marguiles?

Fourteen RT 14 critics cast their votes, based on this year’s nominees: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey; Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife; Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland; Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in House Of Cards; Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex; and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal.


Tatiana Maslany should win. And, if not her, Elisabeth Moss should win… but I think Robin Wright will win.

Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

I think the other more established actresses might end up splitting the vote and she could emerge as kind of a dark horse winner.

Lori Rackl, Chicago Sun-Times

She’s really good, people like the show, it’s popular, there’s some historical value. She would be the first actress of color to win in the category, so I can see her winning. Alan Sepinwall, HitFix

I wasn’t super impressed by the turnout, but Robin Wright is so incredible as Claire Underwood, that I think she just steals it away.Drew Grant, New York Observer

Perhaps some will vote for the two-time Emmy winner (once for E.R., once for her current show) out of guilt for fact that The Good Wife was unjustly denied a nomination for Outstanding Drama despite fielding a sensationally entertaining season. Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly

I think there’s an impetus to reward Scandal in some way and that would be the way to do it.Todd VanDerWerff, Vox Media

It feels like the time is right for Kerry Washington. People love Scandal and are obsessed with it and she’s great.Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste Magazine

I suspect that Kerry Washington will win because she would be the revolutionary winner. If she wins, she’ll be the first black actress Emmy in a long time.Eric Deggans, NPR

I think there’s some guilt over not having nominated The Good Wife as Best Drama. But she certainly had a good year herself, so that’s who I’d go with.David Hinckley, New York Daily News

What she has done so late in her career, developing this cold yet dominant personality on House of Cards — she should be honored for what she’s doing. She’s just as responsible for making the Netflix series a hit as Kevin Spacey.Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know

She had a much stronger season than season one. They like House of Cards a lot, clearly — two years in a row. I think Wright is the safe pick.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

There’s no clear frontrunner, but I would say Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. She’s won before and this year was so big with all that happened. Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times

I think a lot of people think she’s due and the show’s due. It would be a nice thing to do for her and for the industry in general.Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media


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Should Anna Gunn just drive over to the Academy now and save herself the trouble of going on Monday? While she looks like the shoo-in for Supporting Actress in a Drama, the predictions for Lead Actress in a Drama are a bit more varied. Will it be Robin Wright? Julianna Marguiles?

Fourteen RT 14 critics cast their votes for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, based on this year’s nominees: Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad; Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey; Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey; Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game Of Thrones; Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife; and Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men.


She seems like a safe bet for Breaking Bad again, just because it’s the final season. But seriously, I’d like to see Christine Baranski win for The Good Wife.Ben Travers, IndieWire

Joan’s been through a lot and she’s definitely Emmy-worthy.Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste Magazine

Anna Gunn created such a conversation around Skyler White and the likability of her character.Drew Grant, New York Observer

As dearly as I love Maggie Smith, I think Anna will be part of the Breaking Bad wave.David Hinckley, New York Daily News

Christine Baranski had a great season on The Good Wife, but I think Anna Gunn will win, and I’m OK with that.Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

I know who’s going to win — easy! Even if you’re going based on the season, she would win. But you’re voting based on a single episode [“Ozymandias”].Alan Sepinwall, HitFix

I’m going to go with Anna Gunn. She’s been overlooked in other seasons of the show and she did great work in a subordinate role.Eric Deggans, NPR

I’m theorizing that this is how they’e going to award the Breaking Bad ensemble in some way. Christine Baranski would be the spoiler.Todd VanDerWerff, Vox Media

It was even more impressive than what she did last year and she won last year.Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times

My Game of Thrones geek is getting so upset with me when I go with Anna Gunn, as much as I want to go with Lena Headey. [The breakfast scene in Breaking Bad] alone should win her Emmys for the next 10 years.Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know

She won it last year, and I think her performance in those last eight was even better. I think she was already deserving of it last year, and she’s twice as deserving of it this year.Lori Rackl, Chicago Sun-Times

She’s head and shoulders above the rest in that category. Anna Gunn wins in a unanimous vote.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

The actress’s Skyler White, at least in her submitted episode, “Ozymandias,” lays bare the full scope of her regrets like a supernova of discovery.Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

The Emmys love a Lady Macbeth figure. There are two of them on this list — the characters played by Gunn and Headey — which might mean they’ll cancel each other out. But this is Gunn’s last chance to be honored as Skyler White.

Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly


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