Give Zendaya an Emmy! That’s what most of our readers said after we asked them about her performance in the new HBO drama series “Euphoria.” She’ll have to wait until 2020, though. Since the show didn’t premiere until June, after the May 31 eligibility cutoff, it’ll have to wait until next year. Do you agree with our readers? Scroll down to see the complete poll results at the bottom of this post.
“She’s brilliant on the show and deserves to win,” said 60 percent of our poll respondents about Zendaya’s Emmy prospects. The singer-actress plays Rue, a troubled teenage girl fresh out of drug rehab but back to using. It’s a radically different role for Zendaya, who got her start on Disney Channel shows like “Shake it Up” and “K.C. Undercover.” She has also appeared in the blockbuster hits “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), “The Greatest Showman” (2017) and now “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” which just set a new box office record.
Another 30 percent of readers said, “She’s worthy of an Emmy nomination, but not a win.” That left only 10 percent who think “she doesn’t deserve a nomination at all.” The Emmys are often biased against younger actors — just look at all those snubs for WB, UPN and CW shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity” and “Veronica Mars.” That could hurt Zendaya. But every once in a while the television academy appreciates youth performers and shows as more than just kids’ stuff. Claire Danes (“My So-Called Life”) and Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) both nabbed Best Drama Actress bids.
Zendaya also has the benefit of starring in a gritty HBO drama and taking a big, bold creative risk on a show that’s much darker than what she’s known for. It’s just a matter of whether voters remember her for long enough to get her an invite to the Emmy party this time in 2020. Most of you sure hope so.
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 nominations are announced on July 16. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.