The Oscar champ could be shortlisted for “The Crown” (Best Drama Actress), “Fleabag” (Best Comedy Supporting Actress) and “Les Miserables” (Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress). Thus far, she’s only confirmed to be on the nominating ballot for two, “Fleabag,” which returns to Amazon Prime on May 17, and “Les Misérables,” the six-part miniseries that premieres on PBS Masterpiece on April 14. Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for the third season of “The Crown,” but at least six episodes would need to be released by the May 31 deadline.
And ironically it’s “The Crown” for which Colman has her best shot; she’s currently predicted to win Best Drama Actress. There are five open slots this year, with only Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) eligible to return, and “The Crown” is a proven Emmy player, thanks to its upset wins for Claire Foy and in directing last year.
Colman returns as Fleabag’s (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) godmother-turned-stepmother in Season 2 of “Fleabag.” She’s in sixth place in our Best Comedy Supporting Actress odds, but “Fleabag” failed to get any Emmy attention for its first season, which launched way back in September 2016, so that’s a big hurdle for Colman to clear. Plus, “Veep” is back this year, so five-time nominee Anna Chlumsky will likely grab her usual spot, and the “Saturday Night Live” ladies have permeated this category in recent years.
Colman plays Madame Thénardier in “Les Misérables” and is sitting outside the nominations in eighth place in our Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress odds. It’s not always easy to tell how the TV academy will respond to certain limited series and TV movies since they’re one and done (except for anthology series like “American Horror Story” and “Fargo”); sometimes it thoroughly embraces some (like “Godless” and “Patrick Melrose” last year) and sometimes it thoroughly rejects others (like “Howards End” and “Twin Peaks” last year). Colman also has formidable competition in two Patricias: Clarkson (“Sharp Objects”) and Arquette (Hulu’s upcoming “The Act”). For what it’s worth, she’s already been nominated in this category before, for “The Night Manager” in 2016, losing to fellow newly minted Oscar champ Regina King, who won the Emmy for “American Crime.”
Meanwhile, 32 percent of our readers think Colman will only get one Emmy nomination; 22 percent are confident she’ll get all three; and just 2 percent feel she’ll be shut out completely.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.