Olivia Colman’s stint in The Crown has wowed critics and audience alike, leading to another Emmy nomination. But who is her real competition?
The 2020 Emmy nominations have been announced. While there have been some snubs that have sparked a dissent among fans, many surprising but deserving performances have made their way in as well. One such entry is actress Olivia Colman for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the award-winning series The Crown which features on Netflix.
- Olivia Colman is brilliance through and through
- The Academy award winner has been nominated in this year’s Emmys
- Who is her real competition?
Colman took up the reins of the legendary character from Clair Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II in seasons 1 and 2. The same has earned her a nomination in the 2020 Emmys.
Olivia Colman’s Queen effect
Olivia Colman has been known to portray the most complex characters on screen with utmost panache. Be it the late characters in Murder On The Orient Express and Fleabag, or even her past roles, she has breathed life into her characters with ease, earning accolades. Thus, when it was announced that she would be stepping into the giant shoes of a character as huge as Queen Elizabeth II, it wasn’t really a questionable choice.
Colman’s performance in The Crown, since then, has been applauded by all and sundry. She has portrayed her part of the queen with utmost grace and retained the grey shades that the strong and regal character requires.
Her Queen-effect definitely seems to be working its charm for the actress has now been nominated for the 2020 Primetime Emmy awards.
Olivia Colman’s The Crown moment, is it?
While it’s indeed a moment of ecstasy for the team, Emmy nominations are nothing new for Olivia Colman. This is the actress’ third Emmy nomination with one International Emmy nomination in 2014 for Broadchurch and two previous Primetime nominations for The Night Manager and Fleabag. Technically, this is the third time that the actress is being nominated for this award held by the Academy of Television of Arts & Sciences.
Olivia Colman, this time, has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. However, the competition here is tough. One look at the other nominations and one would know why:
Jennifer Aniston for The Morning Show
Jodie Comer for Killing Eve
Sandra Oh for Killing Eve
Zendaya for Euphoria
Laura Linney for Ozark
Additionally, there is a low-key burning resentment against the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards for snubbing quite a few performances of the year, the most notable one being that of Rhea Seehorn who plays Kim Wexler in the series Better Call Saul. All of this, together, makes the case a little weak for Olivia Colman, even though her performance in The Crown has been a stupendous one.
The Aniston effect: Competing in the Colman style
Olivia Colman has a brilliant performance to back on, along with a history of wins. That is one thing that can lean in favour of the actress. However, one cannot deny the fact that the other nominations make a compelling case as well. All performances are those of strong and amazing characters that bring a lot to the table than a historical one.
Particularly, Jennifer Aniston. The FRIENDS star has come a long way since her rom-com and comedy days and has quite a few years of cinematic experience over Colman. Additionally, the star has popularity and an Emmy in her kitty. The Morning Show on Apple TV+ is her television comeback and both the show and Aniston’s performance have garnered immense appreciation. The lady hasn’t lost her touch or charm when it comes to getting the votes of her audience, one that has loved her since her FRIENDS days.
What next for Colman?
Well, it remains to be seen who emerges a winner in this head-to-head competition. Chances are tilting in favour of Jennifer Aniston, but then, one may never know when fate has other plans in store. Maybe, this would be a second Emmy on Aniston’s shelf. Maybe, this would be a first on Colman’s. It will have to be seen. For now, Colman will next be seen in the sci-fi Connected which is currently in its post-production stages.