Is the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy Sandra Oh’s to win?

The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are weeks away and it’s time to narrow down who I believe SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN at this years Emmys. Let’s take a look at Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.


  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
  • Joide Comer – Killing Eve
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
  • Laura Linney – Ozark
  • Mandy Moore – This Is Us
  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Who Should and Will Win – Sandra Oh, Killing Eve


In a perfect world, both Killing Eve actresses Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer would be equally victorious, but unfortunately a tie has never happened in this category. How could one choose between these two actresses that both put up amazing, but entirely different performance that draw you in and keep you at the edge of your seat? With that being said, Sandra Oh has been the favorite in this category all year, especially after her wins at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Oh also has a lot of Emmy heat on her this season, being nominated for hosting Saturday Night Live and hosting the Golden Globes with Andy Samberg in January. I’m not predicting her to win for Saturday Night Live because she deserves to make history as the first Asian actress to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award.

The one downfall for both Oh and Comer is vote splitting, so the actresses could cancel each other out. They also face threats from Laura Linney (Ozark) and Emilia Clarke for the epic final season of Game of Thrones. The second season wasn’t as well received as season one with critics, but was still just as popular with viewers. With many people hoping Sandra Oh could pull off a win last year, I’m confident her support within the television industry has carried over to get her enough votes to win. Oh is extremely overdue for an Emmy from her amazing performance on Grey’s Anatomy years ago that left her empty-handed at the Emmys, so it’s her time.

If Oh wins the Emmy this year, she’ll be one of seven television actors who’ve won an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award in the same year for the same series: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Tiny Fey for 30 Rock, Claire Danes for Homeland, Julianna Marguiles for The Good Wife, Sark Paulson for American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson, Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Darren Criss for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Let’s hope Oh will be added to this list!

The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 22nd at 8/7c on Fox.


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