Bellamy Young, Scandal (Supporting Actress in a Drama)
Mellie Grant was put through the wringer on Scandal this season, dealing with the return of an old lover, the ever-lingering memories of a horrible forced sexual encounter with her father-in-law, the continuing battle for her husband Fitz, and the tragic loss of a child. Bellamy Young made what could easily have been an ice princess of a character someone flawed and fabulous and, ultimately, someone to root for. And it only took a little bit of hooch to do it.
Emmys 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress
Bellamy Young, Scandal
True story: Young was not a series regular until Season 2! Yet now it’s impossible to imagine this Shondaland shock machine without Mellie deeply immersed in the mix. This past season saw FLOTUS juggle her want to see Fitz reelected with accepting the necessary evil that would be Olivia’s “hands-on” role in such a coup. But it was the baring of a more personal pain — the revelation that Mellie had been raped by her father-in-law, and then concealed it “for the greater good” — where Young wowed us like never before. Whether drunk with power, on illicit love, or from old-school moonshine, Young portrays a steel magnolia with real mettle.
Contenders: Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Resurrection,Once Upon a Time, Agents of SHIELD
Best bets: Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. The network most recently appeared in the category in 2010, when 2005 winner Lostwas nominated a final time. Shonda Rhimes‘ two hit series lead the pack this year: Grey’s scored noms in 2006 and 2007.Scandal‘s Emmy-nominated lead Kerry Washington is a returning favorite, and supporting actress Bellamy Youngrecently scored a Critics’ Choice Award nom, boosting the political drama’s profile.