Emmy Episode Analysis: Three “Game of Thrones” Women Compete for Supporting Actress

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One of the strengths of the TV medium is how it uses the expanded length to spotlight many supporting characters. With full arcs and consistent subplots, supporting players do more than merely support. They get to carry plots, episodes and more. They are able to craft a fully fleshed out life for their characters.

Eighteen talented women are nominated in the supporting categories this year. Over the three categories – drama, comedy and miniseries/movie – these women tell a wide variety of stories. For the past few weeks, we have analyzed the writing, directing and guest categories at the Emmys. This week, we look at the episodes submitted by the supporting actress nominees. I’ll not only run through my predictions on who will win, but will also rank them on my personal ballot.


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Written by Christopher James

Christopher James has been an Oscar obsessive ever since watching his first ceremony at age 5 when "Titanic" won Best Picture. He is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University with degrees in Screenwriting for Film and Television and Marketing. Christopher currently works in media strategy and planning at Liquid Advertising, based out of Los Angeles, CA. You can find Christopher running on the sunny beach, brunching at trendy restaurants or mostly just sitting in a dark room watching movies and TV in sweatpants. Follow me on Twitter @cwj92movieman


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SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES Will win: Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, HBO) Could win: Constance Zimmer (UnReal, Lifetime) Should win: Constance Zimmer Should have been nominated: Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, CBS); Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black, Netflix); Hayden Panettiere (Nashville, ABC) SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Will win: Judith Light (Transparent, Amazon) Could win: Allison Janney (Mom, CBS) Should win: Allison Janney Should have been nominated: Julie Bowen (Modern Family, ABC); Carol Kane (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix); Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix); Rebecca Wisocky (Devious Maids, Lifetime) SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR… Read more »


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