Last Year’s Winner: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
No back-to-back winner in the Best Actress in a Drama since Claire Danes won for “Homeland” in 2012 and 2013.
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Anyone, “Big Little Lies”; Olivia Colman, “The Crown”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; and Keri Russell, “The Americans” (ended) are all ineligible.
The State of the Race
Both Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer could get in for “Killing Eve.”
Emilia Clarke who switched from Supporting Actress to Lead, could take advantage of the openings.
Laura Linney could also land her first Emmy nomination for “Ozark” since winning for “The Big C” in 2013.
Christine Baranski who’s received rave reviews for each season of “The Good Fight.”
Mandy Moore, a two-time snubee for “This Is Us.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, who hasn’t been able to build enough buzz for “The Deuce” despite critical support.
Julia Roberts “Homecoming” should be a lock in the category.
MJ Rodriguez, a deserving breakout on FX’s “Pose”
Elizabeth Olsen, who will have to convince voters “Sorry For Your Loss” is a half-hour drama.
Who else is fighting for a spot
Robin Wright hopes to go six-for-six with “House of Cards.”
Viola Davis (“HTGAWM”) and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) hope to get back into the race.
Jodie Whittaker looks to take her iconic role on “Doctor Who” to the Emmys.
Ruth Wilson hopes her last season on “The Affair” gets some recognition.
In a Perfect World:
Sonequa Martin-Green, “Star Trek: Discovery”; Shefali Shah, “Delhi Crime”; Maggie Siff, “Billions”