Emmys Countdown: A Chat About Best Supporting Actress

In the lead-up to the announcement on Emmy nominations on July 10, Celebuzz will be looking at the past year in outstanding television and analyzing what will be recognized and what, what should be recognized and what should not. Today, Robert Kessler and Peggy Truong discuss the Best Supporting Actress categories.

Robert Kessler: Alright, the Emmys are coming up so let’s take a look at who’s going to get nominated and more importantly, who’s not going to get nominated.

Peggy Truong: Good morning Robert. That sounds great.

RK: let’s start with supporting actress – drama, because the comedy side is damn near impossible to decide.

PT: I totally agree. I also didn’t know half of those comedies were still on the air.

RK: Last year’s winner, Anna Gunn, is a sure bet for another nomination this year.

PT: Yes but don’t you think it’s been TOO long since we’ve all thought about Breaking Bad?

RK: No I don’t think that’s going to be an issue, Anna Gunn is probably THE person to beat this year so congrats to her. Another person we haven’t really thought about in a while who’s a sure nomination is Maggie Smith because, sure, why not.

PT: All hail Maggie Smith. I haven’t watched Downton Abbey since whatshisface went away (RIP) but I know Maggie is still killing it.

PT: Do you think Mad Men will get any Emmy love this year?

RK: I think mad men will get plenty of Emmy love. However I think most of that love will be directed at the Mad Men and I doubt there’ll be a nomination in this category.

PT: I mostly enjoyed Jessica Pare’s performance, and it’s not because we’re both Canadian.

RK: In my mind Christina Hendricks is the only one with a shot at a nomination, though I think it is a long shot.

PT: I feel a surprise nomination coming for Jessica Pare, but who knows.

RK: Anything can happen at these award shows, except that no surprises ever happen and everything is always the same.

PT: If that’s the case, should I forget about Natalie Dormer and Lena Headey on Game of Thrones? I haven’t really seen their names pop up anywhere but they both delivered.

RK: Wellllllllllllllllllllllll I’m not really sure that either had enough to do to garner a nominations, but (book reader alert) I’m thinking the upcoming fifth season is their time to shine. Cersei stand put your paws up.

RK: Emilia Clarke is a possibility as well, but I wouldn’t call it a surety.

PT: If anyone gets nominated from that show it’s Emilia, but she didn’t have a lot of strong scenes so we’ll see how that plays out.

PT: Can we talk about the young folks for a second? Again, maybe their scenes were too small to even be considered for anything Emmys-related, but I’ve always admired Kiernan Shipka. I know
she won’t get a nomination, but maybe they’ll recognize her next year when the show is over for good?

RK: Kind of weird for an adult woman to admire a 14 year old, but do you Peggy.

PT: There’s also Maisie Williams and the blossoming Sophie Turner

RK: Speaking of females working in male-dominated shows, what do you think about a Michelle Monaghan nomination? I wouldn’t be surprised to see her sneak in there with the rest of the True Detective love.

RK: Of course no conversation about best supporting actress is complete without talking about Bellamy Young and Christine Baranski.

PT: Christine Baranski will most def. get a nomination.

RK: She is doing consistently perfect work on The Good Wife and should certainly be rewarded for it.

PT: Correct me if i’m wrong, she’s never won in her category. Could this be her year?

RK: I’m pretty sure it’s Anna Gunn’s year. It’s always been Anna Gunn’s year. It’s Anna Gunn’s year and we’re just living in it. As for Bellamy Young, Mellie’s storyline was probably the only one on this season of Scandal that wasn’t completely annoying by the season finale and i think she’ll definitely get recognized for that.

RK: Moving along to comedy, and I’ll say this before we start, I think supporting actress – comedy is this year’s most stacked category. There are so many phenomenal performances out there and only six spots. it’s like a Sophie’s Choice of funny women.

PT: Yes, and because of all these amazing performances, only 2 or 3 shows will get recognized in this category.

RK: The biggest surprise of last year’s Emmys came in this category when Merritt Wever won. I’d say she’s a lock for another nomination. In order to narrow this down, let’s start with the locks. After Merritt Wever, there are five spots. One will be filled with a Modern Family actress: either Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara. Honestly there’s nothing in the world I care less about than Modern Family so it doesn’t matter at all who it is to me.

PT: Yes, and the other from Orange Is the New Black. I think it’ll be Kate Mulgrew, though I would love to see Danielle Brooks in there.

RK: Another lock is Allison Janney who is practically Emmy royalty, won four times for The West Wing, is responsible for the most uncomfortable moment in Emmy history, and is finally back on television. She’s sure to grab the fourth spot and that leaves us with two more. SNL actors are constantly nominated and both Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon are truly deserving this year.

RK: Other performances that probably won’t be recognized, but deserve it are Niecy Nash and Alex Borstein in Getting On and Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden in Trophy Wife. Those four are perhaps my favorite comedic performances of the year, but Trophy Wife was canceled and Getting On is just barely… getting on.

PT: Do you think there will be any surprise nominations for Glee?

RK: NO. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

PT: I’ll throw one more out there — Anna Chlumsky for Veep?

RK: She was nominated last year so it’s certainly a possibility, but now more than ever it feels like Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ show.

PT: Yes that is true. Robert we’re almost out of time. Do you have any last thoughts on either category?

RK: I have one hundred thoughts and they are all about how we don’t deserve to have televisions anymore for allowing Trophy Wife to get canceled. But if we’re talking additional performances, I’d like to give shoutouts to Amy Schumer and Chelsea Peretti. I would love to see Amy Schumer nominated though I have a hard time seeing the voters responding well to her brand of patriarchy-shaming comedy, which is brilliant.

PT: My final thought is that we didn’t mention anyone from How I Met Your Mother, but I thought the show ended strongly considering how long they managed to keep that on the air.

RK: How I Met Your Mother has practically taken Lost’s crown for Most Hated Finale Ever so I don’t really see a lot of love being thrown their way.

PT: I was mostly talking about the final season but yes, the finale was horrible.

RK: How I Met Your Mother’s finale was so unfunny and manipulative that it has literally sucked all the energy out of our chat. There is nowhere to go from here.

PT: See ya. Going to cry about HIMYM and the ending of my dreams.


Robert Kessler

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Bellamy Young, Scandal
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Peggy Truong

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Bellamy Young, Scandal
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Jessica Pare, Mad Men

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory