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Joanne Froggatt of 'Downton Abbey'
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"
Nomination Status: Nominated last year, so you can't ignore her
In Her Favor: I list DOZENS of names in each of these galleries each year, pretty much mentioning everybody who I can imagine might earn a nod. For all of the absurd names I listed last year, Joanne Froggatt wasn't there. She was, in fact, the only nominee in any of the categories that I gallery-ized who wasn't even among the "Some other notable candidates" field. So congratulations to Joanne Froggatt for making me look like a fool. It happens that the Season 2 arc for Froggatt's Anna was a very good arc and I just forgot to include her and underestimated the Emmy love for "Downton Abbey." That won't happen this year, even if the Anna arc wasn't nearly as good in Season 3.
Working Against Her: It was a slight season for Anna on "Downton Abbey" and with Elizabeth McGovern dropping down to Supporting, there are two "Downton" actresses probably ahead of Froggatt on the Emmy attention list. I think there are just too many distractions.