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Emmy Winner Predictions 2013: Best Guest Actor & Guest Actress in a Drama Series

The Emmys are only a few weeks away…so it’s best to start predicting. I’m going to take a look at each category and predict who I think will be taking home the lovely Emmy statue on Sept. 15 (Creative Arts) or Sept. 22 (Primetime telecast).

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Best Guest Actor – Drama Series:
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Robert Morse, Mad Men

*This category is a mixed bag. Even though Robert Morse is consistently nominated…he really shouldn’t be. He doesn’t get a whole lot to do on Mad Men and this season he was featured even less. Harry Hamlin is basically in the same boat. He should be happy with his first Emmy nomination. Dan Bucatinsky was a complete surprise. He’s a worthy nominee for Scandal but his role isn’t as showy or dramatic as some of the other nominees, plus he’s not as well known as an actor. Rupert Friend is a big contender. He’s basically a supporting character nominated here because of the guest star credit. He has a great episode “Q&A” that is really going to impress voters. But rarely do lesser-named actors win here. I’m very hesitant to predict him. I think it’s going to come down to a race between the two TV veterans, Nathan Lane & Michael J. Fox. Lane is another case of borderline supporting. He had a major arc this season on The Good Wife. But he didn’t really have a big moment or episode that is going to stand out to voters watching him for the first time. I think Fox is going to walk away with another Emmy. He’s got a decent episode and has been nominated previously for the same role. Plus his profile has definitely gone up since last year with all the advertising and promotion that’s gone into his new NBC role. He’s looking very good for a win.*

Winner Prediction: Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

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Best Guest Actress – Drama Series:
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

*This category is the most interesting out of all of the guest races this year. I can honestly see any one of these five ladies walking away with the Emmy. Joan Cusack is probably the least likely. She’s been nominated three times and hasn’t won yet. But a lot of people named her the MVP of the latest season of Shameless and some could see her as overdue for a win. Margo Martindale is in the same boat. Her show wasn’t beloved by the Emmy voters, but she’s well liked enough and got enough good notices that she’s still a strong contender. Mad Men hasn’t been successful in the guest acting categories, but Linda Cardellini was one of the most talked about aspects of the show this year. She also did a lot of talk show appearances to promote the show. She’s been working hard and her campaigning is a definite plus. Jane Fonda is a well respected actress that’s been working more and more since coming out of retirement. She has a very show performance in her submitted episode, but voters were lukewarm on The Newsroom. Can she overcome it? Diana Rigg is a respected veteran actress on one of the most buzzed about shows of the year. But her small role could look less impressive compared to the other nominees. Carrie Preston is a big wild card. Even though she doesn’t fit the mold of legendary, veteran actresses that usually win this category, she has a very impressive episode and The Good Wife is still popular in these categories. She’s very much in the mix. Ultimately I think there’s going to be a major upset and Linda Cardellini is going to take home the Emmy. She’s much more high profile and beloved than other previous Mad Men nominees. And I think that the older, legendary actresses could split some votes and lead the way for Cardellini to take the trophy.*

Winner Prediction: Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

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