‘Arcane’ is a showcase for Hailee Steinfeld

Arcane” could be the saving grace for Hailee Steinfeld’s chances to score an Emmy nomination this year. She’s a potential contender in the Comedy Actress category for portraying Emily Dickinson on the AppleTV+ series, “Dickinson.” Those chances got thrown into question with the recent announcement that Disney+ would be submitting the MCU series “Hawkeye” in the comedy categories and Steinfeld in the lead actress contest. Being on the ballot twice presents the opportunity for vote-splitting which could hurt her in that race.

Enter the Netflix animated series “Arcane,” which takes place in the same universe as the online multiplayer video game, “League of Legends.” The show centers on two cities: Piltover, a prosperous and idyllic metropolis, and Zaun, a dilapidated city with a seedy underbelly. As the tensions between the two locations becomes more heated, two sisters, Vi (Steinfeld) and Jinx (Ella Purnell) find themselves lining up on opposing sides of an imminent war stemming from differing beliefs on mysterious occurrences.

Steinfeld actually has a solid chance of getting into the Best Character Voice-Over Performance category just for how well-known she is. She scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for “True Grit” at the age of 14. In 2015, she became a bestselling musical artist with several hit singles including “Love Myself,” “Starving” (with Grey and Zedd) and “Most Girls.” She also received Golden Globe nomination in 2016 for her acclaimed performance in “The Edge of Seventeen.” In addition to her known status, she also brings a ton emotional heft to her performance as Viv on “Arcane.” Her determination to protect her sister but also realizing that they’re ending up on differing sides of a violent battle is heartbreaking to hear and it could also be the key to her getting in this year’s derby.

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