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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

7 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Dream Ballot

 Monica-Potter-of-Parenthood_gallery_primary MONICA POTTER, “Parenthood”
Potter’s arc in the past season is one that has been done to death in various television shows and movies, but she brings a new kind of vulnerability and complexity to it. Kristina Braverman is just searching for normalcy, and she can make you laugh and cry all at once.
emmy-watch-rectify  ABIGAIL SPENCER, “Rectify”
Spencer plays Amantha Holden, the sister of a man that’s been recently released from jail. She reaches out to him, trying to get through his hard exterior. Her quiet desperation and genuine love for him is beautiful to watch unfold, and their relationship is mesmerizing (just like Abigail Spencer).
196217268_1772603609001_AMC-InsideBB-S5-MakingOfEp504-FiftyOne  ANNA GUNN, “Breaking Bad”
Being the wife of a criminal mastermind is not an easy thing. Gunn is excellent at portraying the shock, confusion, and helplessness of Skyler White, to the point where her character almost gives up. Her performance in “Fifty-One” is one of the most heartbreaking and intense performances ever given.
Game-of-Thrones-Season-3-Catelyn-Stark  MICHELLE FAIRLEY, “Game of Thrones”
Cast members like Emilia Clarke get more recognition, but Fairley is the stand out in season 3. It’s a quieter, less showy performance, but everything eventually crescendoes until it explodes in “The Rains of Castamere”, one of the best TV episodes of all time. It also includes a heartbreaking performance by Fairley.
2013-04-30-rectify  ADELAIDE CLEMENS, “Rectify”
I usually wouldn’t nominate two from the same show, but Clemens’s performance is amazing. She becomes an emotional center of the show, depicting religion in a way that has never been done before on TV. It’s an unexpected, gorgeous, and nuanced performance.
Christina-Hendricks-of-Mad-Men_gallery_primary  CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, “Mad Men”
I’m still angry she didn’t win for “The Other Woman”. If she didn’t win for that, she won’t win for a season in which she has less of a major role. However, her time on screen is still well utilized, providing an excellent contrast to Peggy and being a great foil for many people in the office.
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Who should win? I can’t make this decision.
Others considered: Caroline Dhavernas, Joelle Carter, Emilia Clarke, Maggie Smith, Mae Whitman, Christine Baranski, Hayden Panettiere, January Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Elizabeth McGovern, Betsy Brandt, Erika Christensen, Lena Headey, Regina King, Melissa Leo, Madeleine Stowe, Lauren Graham, Maggie Siff, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Carpenter, Morena Baccarin, Bellamy Young, Annet Mahendru, Jessica Capshaw, Olivia Cooke, Olivia Munn, Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Paré, Sandra Oh (This is an absolutely stacked category)
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On to the real nominations…
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 Morena Baccarin-Homeland
Christine Baranski-The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke-Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey
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Who should win?
Gunn
Who will win?
Smith
Analysis: It’s about time the voters recognized the tremendous work of Anna Gunn, but Smith has the experience, and is riding off of last year’s win. I don’t think there’s much competition here, but if there’s anyone that can pull off an upset, it’s Gunn.
Credit to Sundance, AMC, NBC, HBO, Parenthood, Game of Thrones, Rectify, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad for all pictures. I own nothing.
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