Quite honestly, just one plain look at the names of nominees most likely to be ruled out this year due to their shows being scheduled for release after the Emmys close on their submission window for this year, and you would realise that a whole new avenue of possibilities has opened up. Olivia Colman, fresh off her Oscar win might be ineligible since ‘The Crown’ doesn’t yet have a specified release date, but is expected to come out sometime later this year. Last year’s reigning champion thus won’t be returning to reclaim her title.
Then there is ‘Big Little Lies’ whose entire cast is eligible to fill up the Emmys nominations panel, but that too didn’t air until June. Likewise, Claire Danes for ‘Homeland’ and Elisabeth Moss for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ would be notable among stellar actresses that will be ineligible to compete this year because the shows they star in weren’t aired before May 31. However, we do not want to fret, since by listing those who will be missing out, we virtually have the list for next year ready. Best Actress Emmy Nominations, 2020 anyone?
Furthermore, drawing our gaze to the present year, if the race for nominations for best actor was fairly obvious but the race for the winner would presumably be a tough as nails bout, I am afraid that the same can be said for the best actress category as well. We have a couple of returning favourites, and per usual, a couple of surprise entrants as well; and then of course there are actresses we dearly hope get the recognition they deserve. Read on to find out our predictions for the Best Actress for a Drama series at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Julia Roberts’ star power has meant nothing but good fortune for Prime’s highly rated ‘Homecoming’. However, interesting piece of trivia: ‘Homecoming’ along with the Elizabeth Olsen starrer ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ lead a sort of crusade at the television Academy, one that was intended to make shows with 30 minutes of runtime per episode eligible for the big races. While nothing has officially been said on the matter, it is clear what the verdict is, because ‘Homecoming’ didn’t receive a single nod at the Emmys for any category, despite critics being all praises for Prime’s breakout hit series, and its lead actress, Julia Roberts, making her and the series headliners of one of the biggest Emmy snubs in years.
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Underrated is the word that would come to mind and in that case, one would have expected the TV Academy to act out fairly and recognise Baranski’s fine performance as Diane Lockhart, a woman who loses her life savings following a huge financial scam and joins a prominent law firm to fight back. The show, a spinoff of ‘The Good Wife’ was especially appreciated for its real life parallels and no holds barred, yet subtle and understated social commentary. ‘The Good Fight’ may have started out strong, but it quickly lost steam towards the middle. However, there was a reason to rejoice since the show seemed to be back at its best with its latest season and headed in the right direction, especially following the fourth episode of its recently wrapped up third season, ‘The One With Lucca Becoming a Meme’. Baranski, however, couldn’t secure a nomination despite being the only consistently good thing about the show, joining ‘Homecoming’ in the list of the biggest snubs this year.