Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Hey-o. The Emmys are less than a month away–September 22. The nominations were announced a few weeks ago, I made a couple of predictions, then I got LAZY. Oops!

Sh-- happens.

Sh– happens.

But fear not, my loyal army of DVR Files devotees. Nothing is confidential here, and I am back on track.

Let’s address the category “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.”

The nominees are:

  • Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates, Bates Motel
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland
  • Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, House of Cards
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men
  • Connie Britton as Rayna James, Nashville
  • Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Scandal

To be honest, I watch exactly ONE of these shows on a regular basis, Downton Abbey. I did catch the first season of Mad Men back in the day (snooze) and I watched the pilot of Homeland  when I borrowed a friend’s Showtime Anytime password as well as the first couple episodes of Nashville.

Connie's HAIR should win its own Emmy.

Connie’s HAIR should win its own Emmy.

So take my pick with a grain of sea salt (bigger than regular salt) because I might be just a LITTLE biased.

Claire Danes won last year for Homeland, but recently there has been a backlash to the show. As I said, I only watched the pilot, but Claire/Carrie took herself so goddamn seriously (hello, paging Angela Chase) and the episode I watched was utterly humorless (maybe that changed) so even though this IS the drama category, not comedy, I vote her off the island.

Stop MOPING already.

Stop MOPING already.

On to the next . . .

I like Vera Farmiga, but I haven’t caught Bates Motel, but perhaps I should because the creator says he was inspired by Twin Peaks, my favorite show in sixth grade. So she’s out of consideration. Sorry. I’m fickle like that.

Though I’ve loved Robin Wright since Princess Bride (and more so since she divorced that prick Sean Penn), no one watched House of Cards, NetFlix’s first original series to get major attention. With the success of NetFlix’s recent releases of the latest season of Arrested Development and new show Orange is the New Black, however, I think many more people will start watching Cards so hopefully we can revisit this category with a better view next year. Sorry Robin.

Sorry Buttercup, maybe Westley can save you next year.

Just ask Westley to build you up, Buttercup.

Mad Men puts me to sleep, though I LOVED Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake (the miniseries set in New Zealand which aired on the Sundance Channel for which she was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Movie or Miniseries (spoiler alert), a category which I hope she wins). And I already mentioned that Connie Britton’s hair should take home the award, but unfortunately luscious locks are not eligible.

So then there were two. Kerry Washington for Scandal and Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey. I’ve never watched Scandal, but people rave about it as one of the few shows on broadcast TV worth your time. I admit I almost have a bias against shows not on cable or PBS so perhaps I should shed my snobbery and give it a chance.

Nice hair

Her beauty is scandalous.

So although I’d want Michelle Dockery to win because, hello, she had a rough year (dead sister, dead husband, new baby, etc), I’m thinking Kerry will take the Emmy home.

Don't give me the side eye Mary.

Don’t give me the side eye Mary. I don’t actually vote.

Verdict time:

Who I Want to Win: Michelle Dockery

Who Will Win: Kerry Washington

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