We’ll be updating this article throughout the season, along with all of our predictions, so be sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2023 Emmy race. Nomination voting will run June 15-26, with nominees official at the Emmys announced Wednesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented on two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, with a curated presentation of the ceremonies airing on FXX at a later date. Finally, the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 18 and will air live on FOX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
See our previous thoughts on what to expect at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards here.
The state of the breed
When it comes to the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category, there are obviously many potential nominees that could be talked about, but really, only one potential winner. “The White Lotus” star Jennifer Coolidge has only built up even more momentum since she won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or a Movie. In February, she won the SAG Award for Actress in a Drama Series, beating out recent Emmy winners Zendaya (“Euphoria”) and Julia Garner (“Ozark”), so this year she would be the front-runner for a lead actress in a drama series. The drama series Emmys showed up for it.
While the popularity of “The White Lotus” has meant nearly all of Coolidge’s female co-stars have been nominated alongside her, the move into the drama categories comes with more contenders for the cast to contend against. Aubrey Plaza and Meghann Fahy still look solid, as they had the most talked-about season 2 storyline outside of Coolidge’s latest booth, but it’s hard to say anyone else shines enough to eclipse past nominees like Christina Ricci (“Yellowjackets “), Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”) and J. Smith-Cameron (“Succession”).
While Ann Dowd is a past winner in this category for her portrayal of Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the show even earned up to four Supporting Actress nominations in a season earlier, the Hulu series appears to have leveled off. with its high recent season, so it’s a question if any of the cast gets a nomination. The same goes for “The Crown,” though Elizabeth Debicki is arguably last season’s strongest contender, for Princess Diana’s portrayal of her in her later years, and she’s presented herself in this category.
Current contenders (in alphabetical order):
Milly Alcock, “House of the Dragon” (HBO)
Carol Burnett, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Morfydd Clark, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” (Prime Video)
Olivia Cooke, “House of the Dragon” (HBO)
Jennifer Coolidge, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
Elizabeth Debicki, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Meghann Fahy, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
Simone Kessell, “Yellow Jackets” (Showtime)
Aubrey Plaza, “The White Lotus” (HBO)
Christina Ricci, “Yellow Jackets” (Showtime)
Rhea Seehorn, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
J. Smith-Cameron, “Succession” (HBO)
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Arsema Thomas, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” (Netflix)
More forecasts for the Drama category:
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
To see IndieWire’s full set of predictions for the 75th Emmy Awards click here.
Last year’s winner: Julia Garner, “Ozarks”
Still eligible: NO.
Hot Series: With Garner out of the picture, having tied the record for most consecutive wins in this category last year, the series to watch is whether Netflix could win Supporting Actress in a Drama for the fifth year in a row.
Notable ineligible series: Patricia Arquette, “Severance” (Season 2 was ineligible); Sydney Sweeney, “Euphoria” (season 3 was ineligible); Sadie Sink, “Stranger Things” (Season 5 was ineligible); Fiona Shaw, “Killing Eve” (completed); Julia Garner, “Ozark” (finished)