2022 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actress (Drama Series)

One year ago, like Claire Foy before her, Olivia Colman won the Best Drama Actress Emmy for her second and final season as the star of “The Crown,” and thus is out of contention in that category this year. Indeed, the entire drama actress lineup (which included Colman’s costar, Emma Corrin) will look different this time.

Elisabeth Moss is the only 2021 nominee eligible to return, albeit for “Shining Girls” rather than “The Handmaid’s Tale” (for which she won in 2017). This new series would be the third for which she has received a drama actress nomination, with the first having been “Mad Men.”

Two more previous winners – Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) and Zendaya (“Euphoria”) – are back in the running this year after their shows’ brief hiatuses. Past nominees looking for another shot at glory are Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”), and Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”).

Actresses hoping for bids for new drama series include Carrie Coon (“The Gilded Age”) and “Yellowjackets” trio Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, and Melanie Lynskey.

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