Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Cate Blanchett, Shira Haas, Regina King, Octavia Spencer, Kerry Washington

The competition: This category may be one of the most competitive fields this year, and there’s no way that at least a few deserving women don’t get left off once nominations are announced. It’s likely going to be a battle between Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) and Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown), but it doesn’t stop there. Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) and Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) will also have their supports, as will Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha), Nicole Kidman (The Undoing), and Kata Mara (A Teacher). It’s hard to imagine anyone watching Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad) and not feeling compelled to vote for her, but I’m just not sure how that series is going to play with voters. I wish there was room for TV movie stars like Tessa Thompson (Sylvie’s Love) and Jessica Barden (Pink Skies Ahead), but since those both started as festival films, and it’s likelier that Danielle Brooks (Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia) or Bette Midler (Coastal Elites) can get in for productions that were always meant for TV.

The predicted nominees: Coel, Mbedu, Olsen, Taylor-Joy, Winslet

The predicted winner: I think Taylor-Joy still takes this though it will be a fight.

Next up: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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