Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
WILL WIN: Rising to the top only to be pushed out the window before starting again stronger than she was before, Christina Hendricks' Joan Holloway Harris had the most dramatic arc of anyone inside the Sterling Cooper clique aside from Don Draper himself in Mad Men's final season. She'll help the show maintain its sweep.
SHOULD WIN: If Hendricks doesn't snag that statuette, then in Joan's own words, we'd like to burn this place down.
ROBBED: Jeez, where to begin? It's astonishing that neither underdog January Jones nor prodigy Kiernan Shipka were nominated for their soul-crushing work as Betty Francis and Sally Draper alongside their Mad Men castmate Hendricks. Like Shipka, young actors Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner are consistently overlooked for investing Arya and Sansa Stark with pathos that makes them the heart of Game of Thrones. Gretchen Mol was magisterially miserable as Gillian Darmody, who emerged as a central role once again in Boardwalk Empire's last episodes. And Orange Is the New Black has a whole prison full of scene-stealers to choose from. But for our money, the complexity and power of Alison Wright's performance as duped and deluded FBI employee Martha Hanson — the embodiment of all the innocents caught in The Americans' crossfire — was as good as TV acting got this year.