The Emmy race for best actress in a drama series seems to be sitting firmly between front-runners “Euphoria,” “Yellowjackets,” and “Ozark.”
Last year’s winners: Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Still eligible: no
Hot Series: Similar to the Best Actor in a Drama Series category, it’s been a long time since an actress has won back-to-back years, and this year will be no different. However, Showtime and BBC America currently share the most wins in this category in the last 10 years, and a Yellowjackets or Killing Eve win could be the tiebreaker.
Notable ineligible series: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 6 is ineligible); Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (Season 4 is not eligible)
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Allow us to be as brutal as the shows we’re talking about for a moment, and say right away that there’s probably no way Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, or Reese Witherspoon will win this year. Comer has won before, and Oh was long due for an award, but this series finale didn’t sit well with viewers who stuck with Killing Eve. And if Jennifer Aniston couldn’t beat Zendaya and 2020 and isn’t even nominated this year despite having the flashier season of “The Morning Show,” there’s little chance Witherspoon will finally get her Emmy in September. She was probably the biggest surprise candidate here.
That brings us to the more positive side of the race, the judging of the top three. The “Euphoria” season 2 episode Stand Still Like the Hummingbird is an Emmy showcase one can only get, and is objectively impressive even if you think the rest of the second effort of the hit HBO series isn’t worked, so winner 2020 Zendaya is still the woman to beat.
Melanie Lynskey is no slouch, however. The veteran actress remains endlessly charming, delivers the best acceptance speech of the night at this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards, and offers such dynamic and depth as Shauna, the most captivating member of the “Yellowjackets”. If there’s one person Zendaya could win over in an excitement, it’s her.
The Dark Horse scenario, as surprising as it sounds, is that four-time Emmy winner Laura Linney finally gets an award for her work on Ozark. With the show concluding this spring, now is her last chance to be recognized for her portrayal of money laundering expert Wendy Byrde, but her character is notoriously polarizing, leaving viewers within TV’s academy who remain bitter not wanting to see her death in the series finale might not want to give Linney her voice.
- Zendaya, “Euphoria” (HBO)
- Melanie Lynskey, “Yellowjackets” (Showtime)
- Laura Linney, “Ozark” (Netflix)
- Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” (AMC)
- Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (AMC)
- Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+)
Will win: zendaya
Could win: Melanie Lynsky
Should win: zendaya
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