Although none of final yr’s Lead Drama Actress nominees had been eligible this yr, the shortlist for 2022 is definitely fairly near what this class was like two years in the past albeit with a distinct actress from The Morning Present in competition. Two Emmy seasons in the past, Zendaya was the large winner for her buzzy freshman present, and now her fiercest competitors can also be in a buzzy freshman present. Melanie Lynskey is sizzling off a win from the Hollywood Critics Affiliation. Whereas it’s attainable that the opposite 4 will issue into the race, it looks like a race between these two.
However let’s dig deeper. Transient descriptions of the nominees beneath – click on on the episode titles for spoiler-filled opinions…
It’s price noting that that is the farewell nomination for half of this slate, for these roles. Whereas Sandra Oh has been nominated for all 4 years of Killing Eve, solely her costar Jodie Comer has received for the present’s second season. This yr, they’re the lone representatives of their present, which earned significantly extra recognition for seasons two and three, so it’s extremely unlikely that both of them would win. Linney, alternatively, has received Emmys for each position she’s been nominated for besides for Ozark, and she or he additionally directs the installment she’s submitted for consideration. I want the present had a greater probability in classes like this, however Garner three-peating in supporting actress is its greatest wager. After which there’s Witherspoon, whose inclusion over costar Jennifer Aniston made me very completely happy since she had the a lot stronger season two arc. She additionally misplaced each awards season prize to a costar on her earlier nomination, Nicole Kidman in Large Little Lies, so it’s good to see her acknowledged. Can she win? Positively not.
That brings us to Zendaya and Lynskey. Objectively talking, Zendaya feels just like the frontrunner. Her present has greater than double the nominations Lynskey’s does (16 vs. 7), and Zendaya herself is up for 4 totally different prizes (music & lyrics for 2 totally different songs and as an govt producer for the sequence). However these sixteen are largely appearing and technical bids, whereas Yellowjackets picked up a directing point out and two writing nominations. In the end, it’s about these two performers, and I believe it’s onerous to choose. Episode-wise, Zendaya’s is a formidable showcase of the wrestle with habit, however Lynskey is completely terrific in hers, too. In 2020, I picked Zendaya to upset since voters could be torn between Aniston, Colman, and Linney. This yr, a repeat win is actually attainable, however I’d give the sting to Lynskey.
Will Win: Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets
Ought to Win: Melanie Lynskey – Yellowjackets
Spoiler: Zendaya – Euphoria
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