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The 2014 Emmy nominations ballots are out, which means it's time to decide whose names we'd like to hear called on Thursday, July 10 when the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announces the shows and actors who're officially in the running for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

I asked some of my fellow TV.com staffers to join me in choosing our dream nominees, and after hours of internal debates and monologues that would make even Scrubs' JD tell us to shut up already, we've boldly narrowed down our picks—and as you'll see at the bottom of this page, we're prepared to defend them, too!

Each day for the next couple weeks, we'll be bringing you our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on which shows and actors should make the cut. We've already conquered the comedy categories, revealing our selections for Supporting Actress, Supporting ActorLead Actress, Lead Actor, and Comedy Series. And today we move on to the women of drama, specifically, those in the supporting category.


Editors' Note: You may notice that some of our nominees don't match up with the official Emmy ballots. That's not a mistake; we've taken a few liberties because we're only "dreaming" about the 10 "major" categories, and we didn't want to leave out deserving performers based simply on their submission strategies and our coverage plans. In come cases you may see folks from the miniseries and guest-star races in our lead and supporting wish lists.




PLEAD YOUR CASE

WHY ANNET MAHENDRU: Da, a thousand times da, Nina Sergeevna! Annet Mahendru is another classic case of a TV show only booking someone for a short arc—but after seeing what they bring to the role, keeping the character around for much longer than initially planned. The actress was wholly deserving of her promotion to series regular in The Americans' second season, bringing an incredibly complex character to life as Nina rose to double-agent status and cunningly played multiple cards—in multiple games—at once. Mahendru's got one hell of a poker face; yes, it's gorgeous, but it also proved to be an invaluable asset in the game of Cold War spying, as she portrayed a raw, endlessly compelling mix of human emotion and needs, cunning survival instincts, and a TCB attitude toward espionage. It'll be a true shame if this is the last we've seen of her on the show. — Jen Trolio

WHY MAE WHITMAN: If Kristina's cancer storyline was Monica Potter's crowning achievement on Parenthood, then Amber's complicated relationship with Matt Lauria's Ryan and the emotional roller coaster the couple experienced in Season 5 is what will play during Mae Whitman's highlight reel. As a young actress starring on a show that boasts one of the largest and most talented ensemble casts on TV, Whitman could easily let her elders do the heavy lifting, but she's proven on more than one occasion that she's not only capable of carrying her own weight, but that she can tackle serious and emotional storylines even better than some of her castmates. The actress showed impressive range as Amber worked through the spectrum of human feeling, from euphoria to sadness to fear and anger; she took what was written on the page and elevated it in a way that made it palpable, sometimes making viewers cry with just a tremble of her lip. It could be that Parenthood's writing is just that good, but I'm pretty sure Whitman deserves most of the credit. — Kaitlin Thomas


Who would YOU nominate for Supporting Actress in a Drama?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 8/25/2014

Season 66 : Episode 1

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