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The BuzzMeter: Experts predict the 2021 Emmy nominations -- and so can you

Jason Sudeikis ("Ted Lasso"), Emma Corrin ("The Crown"); Jean Smart ("Hacks") and Ethan Hawke ("The Good Lord Bird").
The expert panelists only had four consensus top picks in Round 2 of the 2021 Emmys BuzzMeter: Jason Sudeikis (lead actor in a comedy for “Ted Lasso”), “The Crown” (best drama series, starring Emma Corrin); Jean Smart (lead actress in a comedy for “Hacks”) and Ethan Hawke (lead actor in a limited or anthology series for “The Good Lord Bird”).
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Here are our panel of experts’ predictions for who and what the Television Academy will nominate — it’s Round 2 of the 2021 Emmys BuzzMeter.

Our six veteran TV journalists have pored over the data and stared at their screens until the world no longer made sense just to bring you their prognostications in 14 Emmy categories.

In Round 1, they listed shows and performers they thought would get attention from the academy, as well as others they thought deserved it (collectively, what was getting “buzz”). As the July 13 nominations announcement comes barreling toward us, they’ve made their Round 2 predictions for what they think actually will be nominated. After that, they’ll predict the winners in Round 3.

Your 2020 Emmy Buzzmeter panel!
Your 2021 Emmy BuzzMeter panel: Lorraine Ali (The Los Angeles Times), Kristen Baldwin (Entertainment Weekly), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide), Sonia Saraiya (Vanity Fair), Glenn Whipp (The Los Angeles Times)
(The Los Angeles Times, Kristen Baldwin, Tom O’Neil, Matt Roush, Tanya Saraiya, The Los Angeles Times)

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This week, we feature a category with relative certainty at the top, followed by a wide-open field of strong contenders: lead actor in a limited series or movie. Not only can you check out all the BuzzMeter Emmy musings below; you can vote for your favorites in the polls for each week’s featured category.

 Ethan Hawke's idiosyncratic performance as abolitionist John Brown in "The Good Lord Bird" has him contending for an Emmy.
Ethan Hawke’s idiosyncratic performance as driven abolitionist John Brown in “The Good Lord Bird” has him contending for an Emmy.
(William Gray/Showtime)

Ethan Hawke has been nominated for four Oscars and a Tony. He’s a strong candidate for his first Emmy nomination this year — maybe several, for acting in, writing and co-creating and producing “The Good Lord Bird.” He’s such a strong candidate, in fact, that he’s one of only four consensus top picks in Round 2 of the BuzzMeter. Who are the others? That’s for you to find out.

In the meantime, enjoy this field of contenders that is so strong that favorites such as Bryan Cranston, Hugh Grant and Chris Rock miss the cut in the Round 2 Top 5.

  1. Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
  2. Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
  3. Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
  4. Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
  5. Joel Edgerton (“The Underground Railroad”)
  6. Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
  7. Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
  8. Chris Rock (“Fargo”)
  9. Chase W. Dillon (“The Underground Railroad”)
  10. Alessandro Nivola (“Black Narcissus”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Chase W. Dillon (“The Underground Railroad”)
Alessandro Nivola (“Black Narcissus”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Joel Edgerton (“The Underground Railroad”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)

“I can’t get excited about this category, sorry.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Chris Rock (“Fargo”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)

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Matt Roush
TV Guide

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Chris Rock (“Fargo”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)

“Ethan Hawke’s impassioned take on the zealot John Brown is high among the indelible performances of the last year and shouldn’t be ignored.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Ewan McGregor (“Halston”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)

“Ethan Hawke is Ossawattamie John Brown.

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
Joel Edgerton (“The Underground Railroad”)
Paul Bettany (“WandaVision”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)

“Good lord. Ethan Hawke has never won an Oscar or an Emmy. Let’s fix that this year.”

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Season 4 of "The Crown" tells the story of Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).
Season 4 of “The Crown” largely concerns the tortured marriage of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).
(Des Willie/Netflix)

No surprise here: “The Crown” is one of only four consensus top picks in Round 2 of the BuzzMeter.

That doesn’t mean the Emmy race for drama series is over by any means: In its final season, “Pose” has leapt up the rankings to a strong second. “Bridgerton” may have only completed its inaugural season, but it was a phenomenon and lead Regé-Jean Page won’t be returning.

Apart from perennial contender “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the panel thinks several genre shows have a chance to make some noise: previous nominee “The Mandalorian”; the audacious second season of the superhero deconstruction “The Boys”; and the first season of the sci-fi/horror series “Lovecraft Country.” The question is, can any of those stop this from being a coronation for “The Crown,” which, surprisingly, has never won for drama series?

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  1. “The Crown”
  2. “Pose”
  3. “Bridgerton”
  4. “The Mandalorian”
  5. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  6. “Lovecraft Country”
  7. “In Treatment”
  8. “The Boys”
  9. “This Is Us”

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

“The Crown”
“Pose”
“Bridgerton”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Mandalorian”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Boys”
“In Treatment”
“This Is Us”

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

“The Crown”
“Pose”
“Bridgerton”
“In Treatment”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Mandalorian”
“Lovecraft Country”
“This Is Us”
“The Boys”

“ ‘Ozark,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ and ‘Succession’ aren’t eligible, which means ‘This Is Us’ might be able to squeeze in there as the sole broadcast drama. Or maybe voters will nominate something good instead, like ‘P-Valley.’ (Now streaming on Starz!)”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

“The Crown”
“The Mandalorian”
“Bridgerton”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Pose”
“Lovecraft Country”
“This Is Us”
“The Boys”
“In Treatment”

Matt Roush
TV Guide

“The Crown”
“Pose”
“Bridgerton”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Mandalorian”
“In Treatment”
“This Is Us”
“The Boys”

“I yearn for the days when wild network series like ‘Evil’ and ‘Prodigal Son’ could be in the potential mix, but ‘The Crown’ would tower over the pack regardless. And kudos to ‘Lovecraft Country,’ ‘Pose’ and ‘Bridgerton’ for bringing diversity and variety.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

“The Crown”
“Pose”
“The Mandalorian”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Bridgerton”
“In Treatment”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Boys”
“This Is Us”

“Hard to imagine anything beating ‘The Crown.’”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

“The Crown”
“The Mandalorian”
“Bridgerton”
“Pose”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Lovecraft Country”
“The Boys”
“This Is Us”
“In Treatment”

“Netflix has never won a series Emmy, but what’s going to beat ‘The Crown’? The force isn’t that strong with Baby Yoda.”

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Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown."
Hellooooo! The Buzzmeter thinks “The Crown’s” Olivia Colman is in line to add an Emmy to keep her Oscar company.
(Netflix)

As expected, Emma Corrin jumps from fourth in Round 1 to second in Round 2, as several of our panelists continue to assess the race as a dead heat between her and the Queen Mum herself, Oscar winner Olivia Colman. On the other hand, both Uzo Aduba and Elisabeth Moss have won before — Aduba three times, including last year, Moss twice (once as producer) — and Moss’ arc on “Handmaid’s Tale” is bending more and more extremely.

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Only eight actresses received Round 2 votes in the category that had six nominees last year.

  1. Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
  2. Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
  3. Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  4. Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
  5. Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
  6. Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”)
  7. Phoebe Dynevor (“Bridgerton”)
  8. Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
Phoebe Dynevor (“Bridgerton”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
MJ Rodriguez (“Pose”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

“Never mind who rounds out the remaining slots—this category will come down to a race between Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
MJ Rodriguez (“Pose”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

“The battle is between the queen and the doomed princess, and maybe Emma Corrin has the edge for exceeding expectations. (We never doubted Olivia Colman.) If they cancel each other out, Jurnee Smollett could deliver an upset.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
MJ Rodriguez (“Pose”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)

“The academy loves Uzo.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country”)
Phoebe Dynevor (“Bridgerton”)

“Corrin is a terrific actress and was entirely convincing rollerskating to Duran Duran.”

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Josh O'Connor is an Emmy favorite for his portrayal of Prince Charles in "The Crown."
Josh O’Connor is first in line for the throne among lead actors in a drama for his portrayal of Prince Charles in “The Crown.”
(Alex Bailey/Netflix)

Yet another category with a “Crown” atop it: Josh O’Connor‘s portrayal of a tortured, spineless Prince Charles. Panelist Matt Roush sees the possibility of a “Schitt’s Creek”-like sweep.

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However, O’Connor’s Round 2 total leads previous winner Billy Porter‘s (for the final season of “Pose”) by even fewer points than his Round 1 total did. It’s the academy’s last chance to honor any of the Top 3 contenders in these roles, including Regé-Jean Page for “Bridgerton.” Meanwhile, previous winner Sterling K. Brown lurks and Antony Starr barely misses the Round 2 Top 6 in a bid for the first drama lead actor nomination for a superhero (villain?). Heck, if Joaquin Phoenix can win the lead-actor Oscar as the Joker ...

  1. Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
  2. Billy Porter (“Pose”)
  3. Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
  4. Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
  5. Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
  6. Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)
  7. Antony Starr (“The Boys”)
  8. Pedro Pascal (“Mandalorian”)
  9. Justin Theroux (“Mosquito Coast”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Antony Starr (“The Boys”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)

“Pretty much the entirety of ‘Pose’s’ final season could serve as Billy Porter’s Emmy reel. Looking forward to the Pray Tell vs. Prince Charles showdown.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)

“If ‘The Crown’ pulls a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ and sweeps, Josh O’Connor’s tormented prince is poised for a deserved win. And while Billy Porter triumphed in ‘Pose’s’ final act, I have a soft spot for Matthew Rhys’ bold reinvention of ‘Perry Mason.’ ”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”)
Justin Theroux (“The Mosquito Coast”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
Antony Starr (“The Boys”)

“Surprisingly sparse category, which means it belongs to ‘The Crown’ by default.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Billy Porter (“Pose”)
Regé-Jean Page (“Bridgerton”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Antony Starr (“The Boys”)

“Maybe Regé-Jean Page uses all the outrage over his ‘Bridgerton’ exit to catapult to an Emmy win.”

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Gillian Anderson is an Emmy favorite for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Crown."
Gillian Anderson is an Emmy favorite for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a season of “The Crown” that sometimes found her pitted against the queen herself.
(Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix)

Three contenders each from “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” dominate the second-round list. Gillian Anderson has already won the SAG and the Critics’ Choice Award for her turn as Margaret Thatcher. Meryl Streep, of course, won an Oscar as the “Iron Lady.” Might there be an echo here after John Lithgow won the supporting-actor Emmy as Winston Churchill in Season 1 of “The Crown,” then Gary Oldman won the Oscar as Churchill for “Darkest Hour”?

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Or might Oscar-winning castmate Emerald Fennell (as Camilla Parker-Bowles) or Wunmi Mosaku, the singing sister who ... goes through some things in “Lovecraft Country” get to say “Stand Down Margaret?”

  1. Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
  2. Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
  3. Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
  4. Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
  5. Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
  6. Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  7. Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  8. Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  9. Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)
  10. Aunjanue Ellis (“Lovecraft Country”)
  11. Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Aunjanue Ellis (“Lovecraft Country”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

“There’s no stiffer competition in this category than Gillian Anderson (and her Margaret Thatcher wig).”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Nicola Coughlan (“Bridgerton”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

“Gillian Anderson’s impersonation of Margaret Thatcher is right up there with Meryl Streep’s—and her wobbling on the moors in inappropriate footwear may even have outdone La Streep.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

“As I was saying, ‘The Crown’ ...”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Emerald Fennell (“The Crown”)
Wunmi Mosaku (“Lovecraft Country”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Perry Mason”)

“If you are on ‘The Crown,’ you are nominated!”

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Michael K. Williams' turn as the complicated father in "Lovecraft Country" might earn the veteran actor his first Emmy.
(Eli Joshua Ade/HBO)

In one of the most evenly matched of all the Emmy races in Round 1, the BuzzMeter panel has spread its support among 13 candidates in Round 2. It’s the only drama category without a “Crown” on top (Michael Kenneth Williams, who, surprisingly, has yet to win an Emmy holds at No. 1 for his work in “Lovecraft Country”).

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Of course, second place belongs to “The Crown” — for Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. While sentimentality over the real-life death of his character might come into play, it’s more likely he’ll contend because of just how sharply the actor has refined that portrayal over two seasons.

Panelist Kristen Baldwin thinks HBO’s revival of “In Treatment” will make noise here, but will also have trouble overcoming the soft-spoken Philip. If Bruhl lands a nod for his mischievous portrayal of supervillain Baron Zemo, it would be the first drama acting nomination for a Marvel show (unless the panel is surprised by one in another drama acting category).

  1. Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
  2. Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
  3. Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
  4. John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
  5. John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
  6. Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
  7. Anthony Ramos (“In Treatment”)
  8. Daniel Bruhl (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)
  9. Stephen Root (“Perry Mason”)
  10. Jonathan Bailey (“Bridgerton”)
  11. Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”)
  12. Ken Leung (“Industry”)
  13. Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Stephen Root (“Perry Mason”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)
Jonathan Bailey (“Bridgerton”)

“The men of ‘In Treatment’ make a strong showing, but it’ll be hard to beat Tobias Menzies’ perfect Prince Philip.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
Jonathan Bailey (“Bridgerton”)
Anthony Ramos (“In Treatment”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Anthony Ramos (“In Treatment”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”)

“A tough call, with no dominant show or star as a slam-dunk. Longtime Emmy favorite John Lithgow could sneak another win as the tragic has-been lawyer in ‘Perry Mason,’ but wouldn’t it be great if Michael Kenneth Williams finally took home an Emmy?”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
Anthony Ramos (“In Treatment”)
Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)
Stephen Root (“Perry Mason”)
Ken Leung (“Industry”)

“Could be an opportunity for Michael Kenneth Williams.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Michael Kenneth Williams (“Lovecraft Country”)
Tobias Menzies (“The Crown”)
John Lithgow (“Perry Mason”)
Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Giancarlo Esposito (“Mandalorian”)
John Benjamin Hickey (“In Treatment”)
Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”)
Jonathan Bailey (“Bridgerton”)

“Justice for Omar Little. Michael Kenneth Williams for the win.”

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Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein in the soccer team's locker room in a scene from "Ted Lasso."
Jason Sudeikis and Brett Goldstein in a scene from the heavily favored “Ted Lasso.”
(Pop TV)

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The gentle “Ted Lasso” is on a breakaway, but the mixed-genre hit “The Flight Attendant” joins the Jean Smart comedy “Hacks” in front of the goal, says the panel.

Some quirky shows make the list (“PEN15,” “Dickinson”, “Search Party”), with “black-ish” the lone representative of the broadcast networks. Meanwhile, if the clever “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” were to score a nod, it would be the first show originating on YouTube Red/YouTube Premium to do so.

  1. “Ted Lasso”
  2. “The Flight Attendant”
  3. “Hacks”
  4. “PEN15"
  5. “black-ish”
  6. “Cobra Kai”
  7. “The Kominsky Method”
  8. “Girls5Eva”
  9. “Master of None”
  10. “Dickinson”
  11. “Search Party”

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

“Hacks”
“Ted Lasso”
“The Flight Attendant”
“black-ish”
“Cobra Kai”
“Dickinson”
“PEN15”
“The Kominsky Method”

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

“Ted Lasso”
“The Flight Attendant”
“Hacks”
“black-ish”
“Cobra Kai”
“The Kominsky Method”
“PEN15”
“Girls5Eva”

“ ‘Ted Lasso’ is the one to beat. With that out of the way, may I suggest you check out ‘I Hate Suzie’ on HBO Max, which is the most brilliant dark comedy about modern womanhood since ‘Fleabag’? Thanks.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

“Ted Lasso”
“The Flight Attendant”
“PEN15”
“Master of None”
“Hacks”
“The Kominsky Method”
“black-ish”
“Girls5Eva”

Matt Roush
TV Guide

“Ted Lasso”
“The Flight Attendant”
“Hacks”
“Girls5Eva”
“Cobra Kai”
“black-ish”
“PEN15”
“The Kominsky Method”

“This year there’s ‘Ted Lasso’ and everything else. It’s like it’s already won the FIFA Cup of comedy. (I’d love to see ‘Mom’s’ final season make the cut, though. Traditional network comedy that solidly deserves a place at the table.)”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

“Ted Lasso”
“PEN15”
“Hacks”
“The Flight Attendant”
“black-ish”
“Search Party”
“The Kominsky Method”
“Dickinson”

“ ‘Ted Lasso’ is looking unbeatable to me.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

“Ted Lasso”
“The Flight Attendant”
“Hacks”
“PEN15”
“Girls5Eva”
“Master of None”
“black-ish”
“The Kominsky Method”

“A year after the ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep, kindness prevails again with ‘Ted Lasso.’ ”

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Jean Smart may be living it up this year with acclaimed performances in two HBO shows.
Jean Smart may be living it up this year with acclaimed performances in two HBO shows — supporting in the limited series “Mare of Easttown” and (seen here) as the lead in the comedy series “Hacks.”
(Phil Caruso/HBO)

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This one is shaping up as Kaley Cuoco vs. Jean Smart. A lot of love being shown Smart by the panel, with Sonia Saraiya hoping “this is her moment” — or at least another moment, as the actress has three wins out of nine nominations. Smart is one of only four consensus top picks by the BuzzMeterers.

Cristin Milioti could sneak up for the underseen “Made for Love” and “Hamilton” Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry could be in the mix if “Girls5Eva” makes some noise (Goldsberry had the biggest leap in the standings from Round 1 to 2, jumping into the Top 5).

  1. Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
  2. Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
  3. Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
  4. Maya Erskine (“PEN15")
  5. Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
  6. Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
  7. Cristin Milioti (“Made for Love”)
  8. Allison Janney (“Mom”)
  9. Alia Shawkat (“Search Party”)
  10. Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)
  11. Hailee Steinfeld (“Dickinson”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Maya Erskine (“PEN15”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Hailee Steinfeld (“Dickinson”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Maya Erskine (“PEN15”)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)

“When you’re done watching ‘I Hate Suzie’ on HBO Max, head over to ‘Hacks,’ starring Jean Smart as a legendary Vegas comedian. Just when you thought ‘Watchmen’ was the best performance of her career …"

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Maya Erskine (“PEN15”)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Cristin Milioti (“Made for Love”)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)

“I thought most of ‘The Flight Attendant’ was a bunch of frantic nonsense, but Kaley Cuoco sold every ounce (or fifth) of her frazzled character. She’s the one to beat.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Maya Erskine (“PEN15”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
Alia Shawkat (“Search Party”)

“Really liked Jean Smart in ‘Hacks,’ and I hope this is her moment.’

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Jean Smart (“Hacks”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Girls5Eva”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)

“Between ‘Mare of Easttown’ and ‘Hacks,’ it’s shaping up to be a great year for Jean Smart. But you can say that about pretty much any year.”

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Jason Sudeikis is the favorite for the comedy lead actor Emmy as the titular "Ted Lasso."
(Apple TV+)

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Jason Sudeikis is the favorite and one of only four consensus top picks by the BuzzMeterpeople. Oscar-winner Michael Douglas and Emmy favorites Anthony Anderson (nine nominations as actor and executive producer for “black-ish”) and Ted Danson (a staggering 18 acting nominations with two wins) are near the top and Kenan Thompson looks like a good bet for two acting nominations this year (also for “Saturday Night Live”), but at least one panelist hopes William Zabka of “Cobra Kai” sweeps the leg.

  1. Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
  2. Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
  3. Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
  4. Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
  5. Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)
  6. William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
  7. William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”)
  8. Alan Tudyk (“Resident Alien”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”)
Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”)
Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)

“For three seasons, William Zabka has given one of the funniest small screen performances as ‘Cobra Kai’s’ Johnny Lawrence. Here’s hoping Netflix backs up the FYC money truck and gives him the Emmy push he deserves.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
Alan Tudyk (“Resident Alien”)

“I hope Jason Sudeikis is building an extra-wide shelf for all the trophies he’ll take home for his career-redefining role as the lovable ‘Ted Lasso.’ (Hoping against hope that Emmy voters got a look at Alan Tudyk as the ‘Resident Alien.’ That deserves to be a breakthrough performance.)”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
Alan Tudyk (“Resident Alien”)

“Again, ‘Lasso’ seems unbeatable, but fingers crossed for any attention to Ted Danson.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Michael Douglas (“Kominsky Method”)
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”)
Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”)
William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”)

“After hitting the comedy sweet spot with ‘Ted Lasso,’ Sudeikis has earned the right to wear whatever he wants to the ceremony.”

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Hannah Waddingham peers out a car window in a scene from "Ted Lasso."
Hannah Waddingham has a strong character arc as the initially duplicitous team owner in “Ted Lasso.”
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The two standout ladies from “Ted Lasso” rule the roost in an absolutely loaded field.

A staggering 18 actresses received votes in Round 1, with 12 making it to Round 2, just to give some idea as to how many outstanding performances there were that the panel thought awards-worthy.

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Three shows — “Ted Lasso,” “Saturday Night Live” and “The Flight Attendant” placed two each on the Round 2 list. Paula Pell of “Girls5Eva” enjoyed the biggest jump, making the expected nominations list.

  1. Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
  2. Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
  3. Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
  4. Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
  5. Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)
  6. Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)
  7. Paula Pell (“Girls5Eva”)
  8. Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”)
  9. Jane Krakowski (“Dickinson”)
  10. Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
  11. Chloe Fineman (“Saturday Night Live”)
  12. Laurie Metcalf (“The Conners”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Jane Krakowski (“Dickinson”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)
Laurie Metcalf (“The Conners”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)
Paula Pell (“Girls5Eva”)

“It’s a tough call between ‘Ted Lasso’s’ two stellar women, but I think Hannah ‘Shame Nun’ Waddingham has the edge.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)
Paula Pell (“Girls5Eva”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
Laurie Metcalf (“The Conners”)
Paula Pell (“Girls5Eva”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)

“Hard to pick between ‘Ted Lasso’s’ scene-stealing ladies (Hannah Waddington and Juno Temple). And look for lots of representation from ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ brimming-with-talent ensemble.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)
Chloe Fineman (“Saturday Night Live”)
Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”)
Jane Krakowski (“Dickinson”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)

“It would be cool to see Chloe Fineman get some attention for being such a strong recent addition to the ‘SNL’ cast.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”)
Rosie Perez (“The Flight Attendant”)
Juno Temple (“Ted Lasso”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kathleen Turner (“The Kominsky Method”)
Paula Pell (“Girls5Eva”)
Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”)
Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”)

“The Emmy isn’t as good as hand-delivered, fresh-baked biscuits, but Waddingham will take it, I’m sure.”

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Kenan Thompson (seen here outside 30 Rock) is favored by the BuzzMeter panel to receive not one, but two acting nominations.
Kenan Thompson (seen here outside 30 Rock) is favored by the BuzzMeter panel to receive not one, but two acting nominations at this year’s Emmys.
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Not to be outdone, the men logged 19 supporting actors receiving first-round votes and 14 of those made it to Round 2. With the votes so spread out, there are no slam dunks, but “Ted Lasso” and “Saturday Night Live” have multiple candidates near the top and some panelists hope John Early is finally recognized for his incorrigible scene-stealing on “Search Party.”

Michiel Huisman and costar T.R. Knight also make the list, in non-guffaw-inducing roles on the genre-straddling “Flight Attendant.” Ray Romano jumps all the way into expected nomination contention for the underappreciated “Made for Love.”

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  1. Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
  2. Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
  3. Michiel Huisman (“The Flight Attendant”)
  4. Laurence Fishburne (“Black-ish”)
  5. Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
  6. Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)
  7. John Early (“Search Party”)
  8. Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
  9. Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)
  10. Alex Newell (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
  11. T.R. Knight (“The Flight Attendant”)
  12. Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”)
  13. Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
  14. Jeremy Swift (“Ted Lasso”)

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

John Early (“Search Party”)
Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Michiel Huisman (“The Flight Attendant”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)
T.R. Knight (“The Flight Attendant”)

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)
Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish”)
Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
T.R. Knight (“The Flight Attendant”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)

“Oi! As aging footballer Roy Kent, Brett Goldstein was funnier than ‘Step Brothers.’ ”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Michiel Huisman (“The Flight Attendant”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Jeremy Swift (“Ted Lasso”)

Matt Roush
TV Guide

Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Michiel Huisman (“The Flight Attendant”)
Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish”)
Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)
Alex Newell (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

“I suspect the guys from ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ will be jostling for top honors here.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

John Early (“Search Party”)
Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
Laurence Fishburne (“black-ish”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
Beck Bennett (“Saturday Night Live”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)

“I see I’m alone here but John Early ought to sweep in this category.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Michiel Huisman (“The Flight Attendant”)
Bowen Yang (“Saturday Night Live”)
Brendan Hunt (“Ted Lasso”)
Alex Newell (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Ray Romano (“Made for Love”)
Nick Mohammed (“Ted Lasso”)

“More ‘Ted Lasso,’ less ‘Saturday Night Live’ should be the operative theme here. Except for Bowen Yang. He earned it.”

The George Floyd protests led to a new round of soul-searching about diversity in Hollywood. Our analysis of recent Emmy nominees shows several problem areas.

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"The Queen's Gambit" (starring top acting contenders Marielle Heller and Anya Taylor-Joy) is a leading Emmy contender.
The BuzzMeter panel has “The Queen’s Gambit” (starring top acting contenders Marielle Heller, left, and Anya Taylor-Joy, right) barely in front in a very tight limited-series race.
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Limited series continues to be a packed, glamour category with some of the most talked-about titles in any race — and that’s without the wildly popular “WandaVision” making the Round 2 Top 5.

The water-cooler (or whatever the pandemic equivalent was — Twitter trends?) hits “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Mare of Easttown” have swooped in to nudge critics’ darling and BAFTA winner “I May Destroy You” out of the top spot.

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Meanwhile, “Small Axe,” which won the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s award for best picture, and late-releasing sensation “The Underground Railroad” are not to be counted out.

Surprisingly not receiving votes: “The Comey Rule” and “The Good Lord Bird.”

  1. The Queen’s Gambit
  2. Mare of Easttown
  3. I May Destroy You
  4. The Underground Railroad
  5. Small Axe
  6. WandaVision
  7. “Genius: Aretha”
  8. “The Undoing”

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

“I May Destroy You”
“Mare of Easttown”
“Small Axe”
“The Underground Railroad”
“WandaVision”

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

“The Queen’s Gambit”
“I May Destroy You”
“Mare of Easttown”
“The Underground Railroad”
“WandaVision”

“When you’re done watching ‘I Hate Suzie’ and ‘Hacks’ on HBO Max, move right along to ‘I May Destroy You,’ Michaela Coel’s completely original tour de force.”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

“Mare of Easttown”
“The Queen’s Gambit”
“The Underground Railroad”
“Small Axe”
“I May Destroy You”

Matt Roush
TV Guide

“The Underground Railroad”
“Mare of Easttown”
“The Queen’s Gambit”
“I May Destroy You”
“WandaVision”

“Always one of the strongest categories, and should expand to eight picks this year. I wonder if late-arriving ‘The Underground Railroad,’ which is a grueling but important achievement, can build enough momentum to overtake the addictive ‘The Queen’s Gambit.’ And which of HBO’s hit dramas, ‘Mare of Easttown’ or ‘The Undoing,’ will make the cut?”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

“The Queen’s Gambit”
“Mare of Easttown”
“I May Destroy You”
“Small Axe”
“The Underground Railroad”

“ ‘Small Axe’ is the best but ‘Queen’s Gambit’ is the buzziest.”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

“The Queen’s Gambit”
“I May Destroy You”
“The Underground Railroad”
“Mare of Easttown”
“Small Axe”

“Steve McQueen’s five-movie anthology, ‘Small Axe,’ is the class of a ridiculously competitive category ... and it may not even get a nomination.”

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Tessa Thompson and former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha star in "Sylvie's Love," the Round 1 frontrunner in the TV movie category.
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Period romance “Sylvie’s Love” (starring Tessa Thompson and former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha) continues to lead the pack, with the filmed version of Heidi Schreck’s Broadway hit “What the Constitution Means to Me” drawing the most passionate praise from panelists. “Oslo,” meanwhile, proved tragically timely with its May 29 release — during the latest extended flare-up of violence on the Gaza Strip.

  1. Sylvie’s Love
  2. What the Constitution Means to Me
  3. Oslo
  4. The Mahalia Jackson Story
  5. Uncle Frank
  6. “Christmas on the Square”

Lorraine Ali
Los Angeles Times

“Sylvie’s Love”
“Oslo”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Uncle Frank”

Kristen Baldwin
Entertainment Weekly

“Sylvie’s Love”
“Oslo”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Christmas on the Square”

"[Crosses fingers for a ‘Wendy Williams: The Movie’ upset]”

Tom O’Neil
Gold Derby

“Sylvie’s Love”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”
“Oslo”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Uncle Frank”

Matt Roush
TV Guide

“Oslo”
“Sylvie’s Love”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Uncle Frank”

“I wish this category could give some of its slots to the more-deserving limited series.”

Sonia Saraiya
Vanity Fair

“What the Constitution Means to Me”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Sylvie’s Love”
“Uncle Frank”
“Oslo”

“I absolutely adored ‘What the Constitution Means to Me.’ ”

Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

“Sylvie’s Love”
“Uncle Frank”
“The Mahalia Jackson Story”
“Oslo”
“What the Constitution Means to Me”

“Heidi Schreck’s Broadway play ‘What the Constitution Means To Me’ transfers perfectly to home viewing, every bit as thrilling and vital as it was on stage.”

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Analysis of the 2020 Emmy nominations reveals large gains over previous years for Black artists, while Latino, Asian representation were disappointingly flat.

Michaela Coel ("I May Destroy You") is just ahead in the Emmy race for lead actress in a limited or anthology series.
(Natalie Seery/HBO)

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An absolutely packed category with many performances already approaching iconic stature; panelist Glenn Whipp calls it “one of the best races in Emmy history.”

Until recently, it was considered a very close race between Michaela Coel and Anya Taylor-Joy (winner of the SAG and Critics’ Choice awards for the role); then Kate Winslet’s turn in “Mare of Easttown” bewitched the Internet. Speaking of witches, Elizabeth Olsen is widely predicted to score a nomination for the MCU’s “WandaVision.” Thuso Mbedu bursts onto the scene in the wake of the late release of the highly acclaimed “The Underground Railroad.”

    1. Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    2. Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    3. Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    4. Thuso Mbedu (“The Underground Railroad”)
    5. Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)
    6. Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”)
    7. Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)

    Lorraine Ali
    Los Angeles Times

    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)

    Kristen Baldwin
    Entertainment Weekly

    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)
    Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)

    “It’s a crowded field, but Michaela Coel deserves the win.”

    Tom O’Neil
    Gold Derby

    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”)
    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)
    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)

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    Matt Roush
    TV Guide

    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)

    “Three remarkable Black actresses are likely to be in contention, and how to choose between the riveting newcomer Thuso Mbedu, the electrifying Cynthia Erivo or the ultimate auteur, Michaela Coel? Even so, Anya Taylor-Joy is probably favored, and I can’t imagine this category without Elizabeth Olsen’s sparkling turn in ‘WandaVision.’ ”

    Sonia Saraiya
    Vanity Fair

    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)
    Elizabeth Olsen (“WandaVision”)

    “If it’s not Michaela Coel maybe we should burn the building down?”

    Glenn Whipp
    Los Angeles Times

    Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”)
    Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
    Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”)
    Thuso Mbedu (“The “The Underground Railroad”)
    Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)

    “Not sure how voters will choose between Coel and Taylor-Joy. It’s one of the best races in Emmy history.”


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