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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
UPDATED: Aug 26, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Michaela The only actor from the stage show who was not Tony-nominated still grabbed a nom from the TV Academy, which was surprising given that many (rightfully) assumed he would be nommed in the supporting drama actor race for “In Treatment” instead. He could pick up a few extra votes from those who are mad he did not make that other final-round ballot, but it won’t be enough; this nomination will likely just be a ticket into even bigger roles going forward.
Coming off 2020 with two Oscar nominations (for acting and songwriting), Cynthia Erivo blazed into one of the most competitive Emmy races for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the Nat Geo anthology series. But with Jennifer Hudson’s performance in “Respect” landing during voting time, and grumblings that she has a spot that belonged to Thuso Mbedu (“The Underground Railroad”), her first Emmy nom could just stay a nom
You can’t love “WandaVision” without acknowledging the sheer bravery and commitment of Elizabeth Olsen as the titular Wanda Maximoff. The Disney Plus series made a bonafide star out of the Marvel character and it leads the Emmy nomination tally for all limited series, picking up the second-most noms overall. If a sweep is in the cards — and it certainly looks good for co-stars Paul Bettany and Kathryn Hahn — there’s no reason to count her out of the discussions.
Critics Choice, Golden Globes and SAG all awarded Anya Taylor-Joy as chessmaster Beth Harmon in the Netflix series. She didn’t take on too many of her fellow Emmy nominees in those races, so it is a bit of a different playing field now. Still, period pieces often do wonders for performers in this space, and the 1960s are a popular era for older TV Academy voters. That could help her keep her queen status.
The brilliant Kate Winslet can’t stop delivering outstanding performances and winning awards for them. The HBO series, for which she’s also nominated as an executive producer, is one of her best performances across film and television, and that says a lot considering she’s won an Oscar and has a previous Emmy for “Mildred Pierce.” Social media was abuzz when the show was airing new episodes, and it’s hard to watch the finale and not want to check her name off. It’ll be close.
The viewing platform for Emmy nominees opens on Aug. 13, with final-round voting, beginning on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. PT until Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. PT.
Check out the full rankings of the category’s nominees in the chart below.
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television’s most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.
For wins: Helen Mirren has the most wins in this category with four – “Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness” (1995), “The Passion of Ayn Rand” (1999), “Elizabeth I” (2005) and “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2006). Patty Duke and Laura Linney each have the second most with three.
For nominations: Helen Mirren is the most nominated actress in this category with 10. Judy Davis and Jessica Lange are second with seven each.
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Television Movie
- Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
- Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Anthology Series or Movie
- Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
- Outstanding Casting for a Limited, Anthology or TV Movie
- Outstanding Competition Program
- Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series
- Outstanding Variety Talk Series
- Outstanding Animated Program
- Outstanding Short Form Animated Program
About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)
The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes – Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.
- The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.