Monday, August 31, 2020

Emmy Predictions 2020 - Who Will and Should Win for Lead Actress in a Drama Series?

The nominations have been announced for The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. So now, it's time to speculate on who will and should win in each major category. Next up for analysis is Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

The Nominees Ranked By Which Should Win:
  1. Jennifer Aniston for AppleTV+'s The Morning Show - "In the Dark Night of the Soul It's Always 3:30 in the Morning"
  2. Olivia Colman for Netflix's The Crown - "Cri de Coeur"
  3. Jodie Comer for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Are You From Pinner?"
  4. Laura Linney for Netflix's Ozark - "Fire Pink"
  5. Sandra Oh for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Are You Leading or Am I?"
  6. Zendaya for HBO's Euphoria - "Made You Look"

Jennifer Aniston made her grand return to television on AppleTV+ last fall. Viewers can absolutely debate whether or not The Morning Show is any good. It's a lot more successful at being trashy and insane than being a prestige drama meant to drive awards. However, the performances from a select few actors are absolutely mesmerizing. Sure, it was baffling how the creative team didn't quite know how to use Reese Witherspoon or Steve Carell. When the focus was on Aniston though, she made sure to command the screen with absolutely everything she had. It was a performance where the viewer could tell just how fiercely she wanted to be seen and acknowledged. It's very in-your-face and expressive. It's not exactly subtle. And yet, that's what allows so much television to work. It's all about the entertainment value for the audience. Of course, The Crown may stand in sharp contrast to that. It is a searing drama as well. But it takes the approach of detailing the historical account in a way where the audience can see how reserved and precise the writing is. The performances are subtle but that just makes the big dramatic moments sing even more. It may ultimately be more impressive because it shows an actor being able to command the screen in both the big and small moments. The audience has the freedom to go along every step of the way knowing they are in capable hands. Olivia Colman is always a winning performer. As such, it should be no surprise that she took over the role of Queen Elizabeth II with such amazing precision.

The Nominees Ranked by Which Will Win:
  1. Laura Linney for Netflix's Ozark - "Fire Pink"
  2. Olivia Colman for Netflix's The Crown - "Cri de Coeur"
  3. Jennifer Aniston for AppleTV+'s The Morning Show - "In the Dark Night of the Soul It's Always 3:30 in the Morning"
  4. Jodie Comer for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Are You From Pinner?"
  5. Zendaya for HBO's Euphoria - "Made You Look"
  6. Sandra Oh for BBC America's Killing Eve - "Are You Leading or Am I?"

According to the experts, Laura Linney has a phenomenal episode submission. As soon as it aired, people were saying she could very well win an Emmy for it. I have no knowledge of such. However, I trust the people who are better prepared for such predictions. Olivia Colman has a solid episode as well. As such, this could very well become a battle between the Netflix leading ladies. Jennifer Aniston is in contention as well. However, the series premiere probably wasn't her best episode. As the introduction to the world, it was a little all over the place tonally. It was only upon becoming fully immersed in the story that the audience understood just how fierce and powerful Aniston's character and performance truly were. In some years, the episode submissions matter. In other years, they can be completely inconsequential. Having both Killing Eve ladies in the race could theoretically help each other. Jodie Comer certainly benefitted from that a year ago when she won. She may be primed to do so again because her episode is devoted solely to her. Sandra Oh doesn't appear in it at all. Meanwhile, Oh's episode splits the wealth around to both women plus supporting player Fiona Shaw. Comer had the demonstrably better story arc. And yet, Oh really is deserving of winning an Emmy one of these days. And finally, Zendaya delivers a crushing performance at the end of her episode. It's a somewhat strange choice because she isn't so much the lead of it. However, the moments where she does appear are absolutely captivating. It may not lead to a victory. But it's certainly enough to make her stamp on this category as a performer with the presence to demand attention.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? Let me know in the comments below!