Emmys 2021: Kate Winslet Has to Beat Out Some Serious Competition to Win Gold

The 2021 Emmy Awards is steadily approaching. In one particular category, industry veteran Kate Winslet is nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie award for her performance in the HBO series Mare of Easttown. But, the award won’t be an easy win, considering the noteworthy competition in the category. So, will Winslet take home the prize, or will she lose it to a newcomer? 

Kate Winslet must beat Cynthia Erivo for ‘Genius: Aretha’

Cynthia Erivo sitting down with her hand on her cheek in 'Genius: Aretha.'
Cynthia Erivo | National Geographic/Richard DuCree)

Cynthia Erivo has a Daytime Emmy for her performance in The Color Purple. However, this Emmy nomination is an entirely different ballgame. The actor is nominated for her portrayal of Aretha, the Queen of Soul, in the National Geographic documentary series Genius. Although the series faced criticism from Franklin’s family, critics agreed that her performance was riveting. She is a strong contender for the award. 

Michaela Coel in ‘I May Destroy You’ could best Kate Winslet

Michaela Coel standing next to a bar in 'I May Destroy You.'
Michaela Coel | Natalie Seery/HBO

In the HBO limited series I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel’s performance was raw but tantalizing. Coel played the role of Arabella, a young writer that is sexually assaulted at a nightclub. The series delves into Arabella trying to reclaim her life following the assault. The British drama series had a complete sweep at the BAFTAs, winning the award for Best Mini-Series, Best Director: Drama, Best Writer: Drama, and Best Actress. Will Coel take home another award for her outstanding performance in the HBO series?

Anya Taylor-Joy: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Anya Taylor-Joy playing chess in 'The Queen's Gambit'
Anya Taylor-Joy | Phil Bray/Netflix

Before her Emmy nomination, Anya Taylor-Joy has won numerous awards for her portrayal of the chess-wielding master, Beth Harmon. Joy’s performance in The Queen’s Gambit was riveting. The young actor seems like a great contender for the award, and it can very well be hers. But, the competition in the category is fierce, and it certainly won’t be an easy win for the actor.

Elizabeth Olsen: ‘WandaVision’

Elizabeth Olsen sitting on a couch in 'WandaVision'
Elizabeth Olsen | Marvel Studios/Disney+

In the nine-episode series WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen’s portrayal of Wanda showcased her acting ability beyond the Marvel films. Her performance was captivating, allowing many viewers to feel the extent of Wanda’s pain and loss. The Marvel series has received 23 Emmy nominations, the most for any limited series in 2021. The number of nominations could work in Olsen’s favor and help her win this category. But it’s still up in the air.

Kate Winslet: ‘Mare of Easttown’

Kate Winselt sitting in a police station in 'Mare of Easttown.'
Kate Winselt | Michele K. Short/HBO

Kate Winslet previously won an Emmy in this category for her performance in Mildred Pierce. She is the only actor that is a returning candidate for this award. Winselt played the role of Mare Sheehan in the HBO series, a local detective who tries to solve a brutal murder case. Although the actor has received widespread praise for her performance, the category has many strong contenders. Based on her work in the series, could she take home her second Emmy? 

Emmy Prediction: Who will take home the award?

Although Winslet has received widespread praise for her noteworthy performance in the HBO series Mare of Easttown, Michaela Coel might be slated to take home the award for I May Destroy You. While the series has earned a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and was hailed by Metacritic as the most critically-acclaimed TV show of 2020, it is safe to say that Coel might take home the Emmy. Coel’s performance in the limited series was nothing short of phenomenal and deserves all the praise.

But, she did not compete against Winselt in those categories. Either way, Coel might prove that she is triumphant in this Emmy category, despite her outstanding contenders. I May Destroy You is nominated for nine Emmy awards.

If Coel Joy wins for I May Destroy You, Mare of Easttown might not go home empty-handed. Deadline reported that Julianne Nicholson is the predicted winner for the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie award. Aside from Winslet, Nicholson’s performance in the series has received positive reception from critics. 

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sept. 19 on CBS.

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