I have to start by saying that the Emmys owe Katey Sagal either a nomination or an explanation. I don’t know how they can let her seriously do her character on Sons Of Anarchy for so long and continue to ignore her. So, get your shit together Emmy voters.
That being said, her biggest competition is obviously the one-two punch of Viola Davis for How To Get Away With Murder and Taraji P. Henson for Empire. Both women are new to the race, both women had buzzy performances, and both women are Oscar nominated. Contenders? Definitely.
Robin Wright for House Of Cards is looking good for a nomination, as is Julianna Marguilies for The Good Wife. If the fifth slot doesn’t go to Sagal, its anyones game.
Kerry Washington for Scandal, Taylor Schilling for Orange Is The New Black, Ruth Wilson for The Affair, and Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men are probably the four really battling it out. I’m guessing Claire Danes is out this year for Homeland, and Emmy voters will continue to ignore Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel, Keri Russell for The Americans, Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, and Lizzy Caplan for Masters Of Sex.
Longshots, but worth mentioning: Caitriona Belle for Outlander, Gillian Anderson for The Fall, Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Eva Green for Penny Dreadful, Abigail Spencer for Rectify, Olivia Williams for Manhattan, Hayley Atwell for Agent Carter, Tea Leoni for Madam Secretary, Connie Brittonfor Nashville, and Megan Boone for The Blacklist.
Personally, I’d spread the wealth out in my nominations. Sure, I’d have to nominate Davis and Henson, because their performances are just too big and amazing to ignore. But for my last three spots, I’d ignore Wright, Marguilies, and Moss because they’ve been nominated before. A lot. Instead, I’d nominate Katey Sagal, Vera Farmiga, and Tatiana Maslany. Three actresses whose shows and their performances continue to be criminally overlooked. I could say the same for Keri Russell, of course, but… well… sorry Felicity.