‘Killing Eve’ will be first show to get 2 drama actress nominations in 16 years, Experts predict

Is “Killing Eve” going to end a 16-year long drought in Best Drama Actress? No show since 2002 has fielded two nominees in the category, but two of our Emmy Experts believe the BBC America drama can break that duck.

Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) are predicting nominations for Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in the tough-as-nails category. A five-time nominee for her supporting role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Oh has risen to sixth place in our odds within the past month on the heels of “Killing Eve’s” escalating buzz and the show’s leading five Television Critics Association Awards nominations. Newcomer Comer trails in ninth place.

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“Six Feet Under” was the last show to produce two leading lady nominees in Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths, who lost to Allison Janney (“The West Wing”). For the three years before that, “The Sopranos” stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco competed against each other, with the former winning twice.

The ‘90s gave us co-star nominees in 1997 (“ER’s” Julianna Margulies and Sherry Stringfield) and 1994 (“Sisters’” Sela Ward, who won, and Swoosie Kurtz). The ‘80s had a ton of pairings, thanks to “Cagney & Lacey” (Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless) and “L.A. Law” (Susan Dey and Jill Eikenberry). Others included “Dallas” (Barbara Bel Geddes and Linda Gray), “Hill Street Blues” (Barbara Babcock and Veronica Hamel), “Family” (Kristy MacNichol and Sada Thompson) and “The Rockford Files” (Lauren Bacall and Mariette Hartley) after the category was standardized to five slots.

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If Oh and Comer get in, along with “This Is Us” stars Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia in Best Drama Actor, this would also be the first time since 2002 that both drama lead categories featured co-star nominees. “Six Feet Under” also fielded two actor nominees then: Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause, who lost to Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”).

PREDICT the Emmy nominees and winners now; change them until July 12

And now we move from film to television awards! Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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