Thursday, January 16, 2020

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Female Actor in a Drama Series

The competition: Jennifer Aniston’s morning show host (The Morning Show), Helena Bonham Carter’s reluctant princess (The Crown), Olivia Colman’s steadfast monarch (The Crown), Jodie Comer’s maniacal assassin (Killing Eve), and Elisabeth Moss’ rebellious handmaid (The Handmaid’s Tale).

For your information: Like the best actor race, this category includes just one nominee from last year, and unlike that category, the other four are here for the first times for these performances. Absent are last year’s winner in this race, Sandra Oh, and the Critics’ Choice Award winner, Regina King. Moss earns her third consecutive bid, adding to her career total that also includes two bids for “Mad Men” and one for “Top of the Lake.” Though she has won three Golden Globes, including one this year, and the Oscar last year, Colman has yet to win a SAG Award, contending last year for “The Favourite.” She is also nominated as part of the “Fleabag” ensemble. Aniston was nominated twice for “Friends,” won once as part of its cast, and was nominated in 2014 for her role in “Cake.” Bonham Carter was nominated in 1997 for “The Wings of the Dove” and in 2010 for “The King’s Speech,” for which she won as part of the ensemble, and also contended in 2013 for “Burton and Taylor.” This is the first bid for Comer, who won the Emmy this past year. Two nominees from the same show in this category aren’t uncommon, and, on a few occasions, one of them triumphs. Carter, Colman, and Moss are also nominated as part of their ensembles.

Who should win? This is a superb list. I’m not sure Aniston should be considered with these others, but she is good on her show. Moss is terrific as usual, and I really love Comer. I’d probably pick Bonham Carter or Colman but it’s hard to pick.

Who will win? I’d be surprised if this didn’t go to Golden Globe winner Colman.

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