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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  1. 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 TV MOVIE
    Will win: Jean Smart (Fargo, FX)
    Could win: Melissa Leo (All the Way, HBO)
    Should win: Jean Smart
    Should have been nominated: Connie Britton (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, FX)

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