Will Carey Mulligan (‘Collateral’) follow in Helen Mirren’s footsteps with an Emmy for playing a British crime fighter?

Carey Mulligan could win an Emmy for Best Movie/Mini Actress for her role as Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie in the Netflix limited series “Collateral.” That would continue a tradition of Emmy winning crime-fighters that includes famous roles played by Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly (“Cagney and Lacey”), Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files“) and Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”). But the woman Mulligan may most wish to emulate is Helen Mirren, who has won Movie/Mini Actress four times, more than any other woman. Half of those victories were as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the “Prime Suspect” franchise.

Mirren earned six nominations for playing DCI Tennison: for “Prime Suspect II” (1993), “Prime Suspect III” (1994), “Prime Suspect IV: Scent of Darkness” (1996), “Prime Suspect V: Errors of Judgement” (1997), “Prime Suspect VI: The Last Witness” (2004) and “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (2007). Of those, she won twice, for “Scent of Darkness” and “The Final Act.”

Now Mulligan may follow in her footsteps. As DI Glaspie in “Collateral,” she investigates the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man, which turns out to have surprising connections to politics, the military and MI5. The four-part drama rated 74 on MetaCritic with Steve Greene (IndieWire) calling Mulligan “fantastic.” And Mulligan is an Oscar nominee (Best Actress for 2009’s “An Education”), which is the kind of prestige Emmy voters often love.

As of this writing Mulligan is a 100/1 underdog in the highly competitive race for Best Movie/Mini Actress, but Robert Rorke (New York Post), one of the Expert journalists from top media outlets we’ve polled for their picks, is betting on her to be nominated. And Netflix has been making inroads in longform Emmy categories, winning Best TV Movie and Best Movie/Mini Writing last year for “Black Mirror: San Junipero.” This year the streaming distributor has the potential to earn bids not just for “Collateral,” but for “Alias Grace,” “Godless” “American Vandal” and again for “Black Mirror.’

Do you think we’re underestimating Mulligan and “Collateral” as a whole?

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