The creations of the new Emmy Prediction pages continue with the very tight and heated race in Lead Actress in a Drama Series. With Claire Danes winning the award two years in a row, we still look to her for a possible nomination but with the decline of “Homeland” in a big way, she may be unseated in lieu of Robin Wright from Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Wright, who has been devastatingly absent from many award shows throughout her illustrious career, received rave reviews for this second season of Netflix’s original show. For the first season, Wright snagged the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series. This year for the Emmys, I think she may be the frontrunner to take it all.
It isn’t a foregone conclusion however. As we saw last year, this category stacked up to an impressive seven nominees battling it out for recognition. Tatiana Maslany has become the dark horse for BBC’s hit-show “Orphan Black,” which continues to gain an allegiance of fans. Maslany won the coveted Critics Choice Television Award last year for Best Actress over some heavy competition. With the second season just beginning, the 28-year-old actress may be headed for her first Emmy nomination (and win).
There are other newcomers vying for a spot in the lineup. The one with the strongest chance is Lizzy Caplan from Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” Perhaps Ms. Caplan now becomes the new pony for Showtime’s arsenal? The esteemed actress who has been making her rounds on television shows like “New Girl” and “The League,” is simply electrifying in her role as Virginia Johnson. Julia Ormond will seek gold for her role on “Witches of East End” from Lifetime. Not necessarily the network that scores big at the Emmys but you never know with this group.
Julianna Marguilles will have another crack at the Emmy podium after winning the award in 2011. With “The Good Wife” holding strong in ratings and critical acclaim, the esteemed actress should find no problems in securing her tenth overall nomination (with another win on her resume for “ER”). With two women campaigning for a slot in lead from PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth Govern may end up canceling each other out this year even though the former has been nominated the past two years.
Kerry Washington is at the peak of her career at the moment as ABC’s phenomenal show “Scandal” continues to be one of the network’s highest rated shows. As of now, there has been no African-American actress to win this award yet, which is a disgusting fact. Before Washington received her first nomination last year, it had eighteen years since Cicely Tyson received her sole nomination for “Sweet Justice.” Other African-American nominees include just Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away,” twice), Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere,” once), and Debbie Allen (“Fame,” four time nominee). Can the new mother cap off her record-setting year with a historic Emmy win? Our Emmys Halle Berry me thinks.
“Mad Men” is currently airing the first half of the final season and Elisabeth Moss continues to mirror Jon Hamm with five nominations and no wins yet. Could they send “Mad Men” off in a big way by crowning the both of them in their final year, or will they wait until next year?
Other contenders include Vera Farmiga, who continues to be the only passable thing about “Bates Motel” according to many critics and fans. Keri Russell has fans for her role on FX’s “The Americans” and surprising, the show was virtually shut out last year. Makeup time? Connie Britton also jumped through hoops to join the ranks of the nominees last year for her role as the country music star Rayna Jaymes on “Nashville.” Does she have a second round left in her? Mariska Hargitay used to be a regular at the Emmys, scoring eight nominations and one win for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The show however, finds no traction with the awards only scoring for Hargitay and the occasional Guest Actor or Actress, and she’s been absent from the lineup the past two years.
There are also vocal lovers for Katey Segal in “Sons of Anarchy,” Lucy Lui in “Elementary,” and Ginnifer Goodwin in “Once Upon a Time.” Unfortunately, those ladies may not even come close.
You can see the new Lead Actress in a Drama Series predictions on our new Emmy Predictions page. More updates will be coming over the weeks. If you have an opinion on a show or a performance, make sure to include in the comment section.