Emmy voting is underway! This week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Check out our Emmy picks in the comedy races here
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Between Alicia and Cary's defection, the judgeship drama, Will's death and being ousted from her own firm, Baranski had enough juicy material to cover three seasons — and she played it all with a tenacious, elegant fury. The actress was the only Good Wife regular to land a nomination last year and there's no reason to think she won't be back with her fifth straight nod.
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Last year, it was one moment that sewed up the Emmy for Gunn: Skyler telling Walt that she's waiting "for the cancer to come back." She has an even more powerful moment this year: falling to her knees, defeated, her face twisted with a horror and a hurt that we had not yet seen after futilely chasing Walt and Holly down the street. Gunn would be the first to repeat in this category since Blythe Danner (Huff) won in 2005 and 2006.
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage carried the acting flag for Game of Thrones until Emilia Clarke broke through last year, but it's time to recognize the Queen Regent. That controversial Jaime-Cersei rape scene shouldn't overshadow the terrific work Headey has done this year, breathing new life and depth into the ice queen's evil yet wry scheming. Perhaps the best part is you can always tell how much fun Headey has sinking her teeth into the role.
Look back at last year's EmmysAnnet Mahendru, The Americans
We dig Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as much as the next person, but Mahendru is the unsung hero of the spy drama. Promoted to series regular for Season 2, the actress skillfully captured the complexities and mystique of a double agent. We never truly knew where Nina's sympathies lay, but you couldn't help but feel for her in the finale after Stan reneged on their deal. It's unlikely this will be the last we see of her, but academy members ought to vote as if it were. Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men
Watching Shipka literally grow up before our eyes and develop into a dynamite actor has been nothing short of wonderful. Sally has consistently been the most interesting and fascinating character on the AMC drama, as Shipka has expertly transformed her into a sassy, surly, cigarette-toting mini-Betty. And she was responsible for one of the season's most poignant moments, telling Don, after he laid all his cards out, "Happy Valentine's Day. I love you
." The bad news? Forget that Shipka's a child actor, but Mad Men
is (gulp) 0-31 in acting nominations at the Emmys.Bellamy Young, Scandal
Mellie Grant remains one of the best TV surprises in recent years. Rising above the shrill spouse archetype and Scandal
's increasingly ridiculous twists, Young has turned the first lady into an endlessly watchable, layered character, shifting between restraint and unstable rage as fast as one of Olitz's quickies. Plus: Drunk Mellie FTW
Who would you nominate?