Monday, July 10, 2017

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Tatiana Maslany, Keri Russell, Robin Wright

The competition: Initially, I thought that all six nominees from last year were eligible again, but then I realized that the new season of “Orphan Black,” which I was in the middle of watching while writing this, didn’t start until after the eligibility period, which means last year’s amazing winner, Tatiana Maslany, won’t be back until next year (hopefully, at least). There’s not quite as much competition to knock out any of the other five this year, and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Keri Russell (The Americans), and Robin Wright (House of Cards) feel safe. I’m not as sure about Claire Danes (Homeland) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire), though they could easily return as well. Claire Foy (The Crown) is sure to join the other fine, and it’s a question of whether Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) can all make the cut. A number of past nominees on the same and new programs will also earn some votes, including Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Michelle Dockery (Good Behavior), and Kerry Washington (Scandal). One other strong contender to join the race for the final season of her show is Carrie Coon (The Leftovers).

The predicted nominees: Davis, Foy, Moss, Russell, Wood, Wright

The predicted winner: Foy

Next up: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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