Sunday, January 31, 2021

SAG Predictions: Best Female Actor in a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Three of last year’s nominees are eligible this time around, with Aniston and Moss having to wait until their shows return sometime in the future. Olivia Colman (The Crown) will surely be back, and it’s just a question of whether Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) can edge out internal competition that was more prominently featured in season four, new cast members Gillian Anderson (The Crown) and Emma Corrin (The Crown). Two nominations for one show is common, but only one series – “The Sopranos” – ever pulled off three bids in one year. Last year’s nominee Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) is eligible again, along with her previously nominated costar Sandra Oh (Killing Eve). Buzzier choices include two previous nominees who are newly eligible, Laura Linney (Ozark) and Julia Garner (Ozark). Their costar Janet McTeer (Ozark) seems unlikely in such a crowded field, which also probably won’t have room for new possibilities like Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country) and Sarah Paulson (Ratched). Could this category really just be honoring two shows, or will previous winners in contention for the last time like Claire Danes (Homeland) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) bump someone out?

Current predictions:
Gillian Anderson (The Crown)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
Emma Corrin (The Crown)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Laura Linney (Ozark)

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