The race for the best supporting actress category for a drama series is as brimming with talent as ever, and the fact that none of the nominees from last year would be returning this year (save one: the lady that sits on the Iron Throne currently) including the fantastic trio of Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd and Yvonne Strahovski from the excellent Hulu drama ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Millie Bobby Brown from ‘Stranger Things’, Vanessa Kirby from ‘The Crown’ and Thandie Newton from ‘Westworld’ who is also the current reigning champion, we are looking at a completely fresh slate, and with that, possibly exciting new talent or an opportunity for returning actors who couldn’t secure a nomination up until last time.
While ‘Game of Thrones’ is looking to expand in this category despite its all unbecoming final season, possibly eyeing three or atleast two nominations — which is perfectly possible as ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ isn’t in competition this year — there are a couple of returning favourites and actors who should’ve gotten their fair due long time ago also looking to make the nominations, given that there is some breathing space this time around. That being said, read on to find out our predictions for the best-supporting actress nominations for a Drama series at the Emmys 2019.
8. Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
As if there was a shortage of nominees already for this show! While the fantastic Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are already part of my nominations to be in the running for the best lead actress this year for the second season of ‘Killing Eve’, Fiona Shaw might also find her way into the nominations list for the supporting actress category. Although the nomination itself might be loose ground to get through, given the very stiff competition following the opening up of slots owing to last year’s nominees not returning, if it happens, I won’t really be surprised.
7. Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
I have been sure to include personal favourites (that I might be admittedly biased towards) in all my predictions, and Chrissy Metz would be my pick for the same for this category. Her character on the show, Kate Pearson is sensitive, smart and well developed, not to mention unreasonably cute and Metz embodies all of that perfectly. Even when I discount personal bias, her credentials would basically echo my sentiment: she has been on the Emmy nomination list in 2017 and also landed a spot twice consecutively on the Golden Globes list of nominations. Pretty strong for a nomination consideration, I’d say.
6. Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
The first of three predicted nominations for ‘Game of Thrones’ in this category, although it is highly unlikely all three will make the cut. While Headey’s Cersei Lannister is sure to take up a slot, in all probability the Stark sisters will have to battle it out for a spot up in the nominations slate, if at all. Not just the Emmys, if this happens, Turner will finally have a singular individual nod for her portrayal of Sansa Stark, also her first in the role that is not a part of an ensemble nomination. Strong chances I’d say, given how her character has basically seen a 180 transformation over the last two seasons, something that the actress also followed up in the final season.
5. Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us
Although not too widely recognised in the awards circuit for her role as Beth Pearson in the beloved NBC family drama, 2019 might just be the year to change that since an increasing number of critics and prediction pundits have been taking notice of her in the role. Although I too have grown increasingly fond of her in the extremely likeable show, I have to admit that her nomination would be completely subject to how many of the actors slated below slip from the nominations slate. It is also unlikely that both Chrissy Metz and Susan Kalechi Watson will be nominated from the same show for the same category, but if I have to logically pick from the two despite completely adoring Metz, it will have to be Watson.
4. Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
She has the critics and the fans backing her up, plus a character arc that has been steadily developed into one of the best ones from the show. Add to that, her total badass turn against the Night King in ‘The Long Night’ episode escalating her to absolute star status. Actress Maisie Williams also bared it in a rare, passionate love-making scene that was a first for a top billed actress in the show, so even that is bound to add some credit to her overall chances that are already strong. Williams has steadily grown as a fine actor in the show, and this year she might be looking at a second Emmy nod for her performance, her first being the show’s fifth season.
3. Julia Garner, Ozark
Although she missed out on the nominations for her fantastic turn as Ruth Langmore, her fate is all but sealed with the SAGs and Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards nominations to her name for the second season of the acclaimed crime drama. Another young actress to watch out for, she adds a lot of value to an already first-rate ensemble, and while the leads have received much love (and nominations) for their performances, Garner is looking strong to take up some for herself as well in what will (in all probability) be her first Emmy nod.
2. Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
A lot of people and critics included have been rallying against Rhea Seehorn’s incredible performance being completely overlooked at the Emmys in the past years, while the Saturn, SAGs and Critics Choice awards have been quick to take notice, it looks like the Emmys may finally heed to that this year and she be given her due for her rather fine act. She would currently seem a favourite of the SAGs, snagging their 2019 nomination list and winning twice in the past, but a successful fourth season for the show and her inclusion in the current Emmys favourite ‘Veep’ roster is bound to give her some attention from the Academy this year.
1. Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
To be fairly honest, we all know that her chances are strong enough as it is, despite the final season not doing full justice to the closure of her arc, I still believe that she had precious little do this season being absent from three episodes straight. However, if you need any further affirmation, the scene in which she issues the order for Missandei’s execution should put your doubts to rest. The devilishly twisted Cersei Lannister might not have met the end she deserved all this while, but the Academy might just take notice of Lena Headey’s rather memorable act over more than eight years of playing the character.
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