Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Since the 6th edition Primetime Emmys in 1954, the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series was a sought-after trophy for television drama series. Likely nominations for this year’s Outstanding Drama Series include shows like Euphoria, Yellowstone, this is usand Breakup.

Some of this year’s possible nominees include repeat winners like Zendaya and Jodie Comer, with Comer set to be nominated for a third time for her performance as Villanelle in Kill Eve. Mandy Moore is also likely to be nominated again for her portrayal of Rebecca Pearson on the hit NBC show, It’s us, which has just completed its final season. Like Moore, Laura Linney from the Netflix original series ozark is also set to earn her third nomination, thanks to her performance in the show’s final season.


Although the actress has never been nominated for an Emmy before, according to The Hollywood Reporter, fans and critics are hoping that Melanie Lynskey from yellow jackets gets at least one nomination. According to Variety, the official Emmy nominations for the 2022 season will be announced on July 12. Until then, here are our predictions for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Zendaya — Euphoria

Whether Zendayathe performance of in season 2, episode 5 of HBO Max’s Euphoria doesn’t win him an Emmy (yet), then they need a new jury. Throughout the series, Zendaya has portrayed Rue, an addict who goes in and out of sober times, with unflinching honesty. In season two, it is revealed that Rue is back on drugs and has teamed up with a dealer who sells Zendaya a suitcase full of drugs – one that she ends up using for herself. In episode five, she reaches her breaking point, destroying her life and those around her.

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Laura Linney—Ozark

Laura Linney has been a compelling force for Netflix ozark throughout its four seasons. Linney plays Wendy Byrde, wife of Jason Bateman’s Marty Byrde and the criminal mastermind behind the family’s idea to launder money for the drug lord. As the show progresses, it is Linney’s character who involves the family more in the cartel, even going behind her husband’s back to do so.

Mandy Moore – This Is Us

mandy moorethe portrait of Rebecca Pearson in It’s us has viewers wishing the actress was their own mother. True to the show’s main plot, Moore is able to play Rebecca in the past and present, giving fans the full spectrum of her acting abilities. During the show’s final season, Moore battled Alzheimer’s disease and an iconic “train ride” that led to a happy ending in the final episode.

Melanie Lynskey—Yellowjackets

Before playing in yellow jackets, Melanie Lynskey was never nominated for an Emmy, a feat that many fans hope will change this year. On the hit Showtime show, Lynskey plays adult Shauna Sadecki, who is now married to her high school best friend’s boyfriend, Jeff, with whom she had a baby just before the plane crash. Their daughter, now a teenager, has a difficult relationship with her mother, who is further threatened when she learns of her mother’s affair.

Juliette Lewis – Yellow Vests

yellow jacketit is Juliet Lewis may also find herself earning at least one nomination for her portrayal of Natalie on the show. Natalie has been in rehab since her time on the island. She is, however, no stranger to the difficult life, after a difficult childhood and a plane crash that left a group of teenagers stranded for 19 months. Her difficult life certainly prepared her to battle the mystery that seemed to have followed them since the plane crash.

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Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show

The morning show brought together two powerful actresses as news anchors. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston co-host of The Morning Show, a Manhattan breakfast news show. The first season followed Aniston’s character, Alex Levy, as she is pushed with a new field reporter as her co-host. The second season introduces the COVID-19 pandemic into the characters’ lives. The show was recently announced to have a third season after a positive reception to the second.

Nicole Kidman – Nine Perfect Strangers

Nicole Kidman and author Liane Moriarty teamed up again when Kidman starred in Hulu’s adaptation of Moriarty’s book, Nine perfect strangers. Kidman’s character, Masha Dmitrichenko, is a healer who works at a health and wellness center. Nine strangers frequent the compound hoping to have their lives “arranged” by Masha. Among many star actors and actresses, it’s no surprise that Kidman is most likely beating out his castmates for an Emmy nomination.

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Kill Eve is a British spy thriller produced by the BBC. Since 2018, the show’s popularity has sparked all of the following. While seasons one and two were the most popular, fans stuck with the most recent (and final) fourth season. Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh star as the series’ two leads. Comer herself has already won an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and would love to add a second to her shelf.

Kelly Reilly – Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a show with many great male actors. However, it is the actress Kelly Reilly which often steals viewers’ attention. Reilly plays Beth Dutton, daughter of Kevin Costner’s John Dutton, a rancher who stops at nothing to protect his land. Reilly’s performance is commanding and well worth at least an Emmy nomination.