Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters)
The Irishwoman’s a first-time acting nominee for her Apple TV+ murder mystery’s rookie season, which received four noms (including for her writing). At 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, better than any of her competitors’ shows, it was released the longest ago.
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
With this nom for her Hulu show’s penultimate season (which clocked in at a category-low 80 percent on RT), Moss’ portrayal of June has been a finalist four out five possible times (she and the show won for season one), but this time she’s its sole nominee.
Keri Russell (The Diplomat)
This veteran who picked up three noms for The Americans now adds a fourth for the first season of her Netflix show, on which she plays an ambassador. She’s yet to win — and probably won’t this year, as she’s the show’s only nominee.
Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)
A year after this New Zealander was nominated for her Showtime series’ first season, her career revival continues with this nom for its second (she’s also a guest acting nominee for The Last of Us). It’s up again for best drama. This time, she’s its sole acting nominee.
Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us)
This 19-year-old picked up their first nom for playing 14-year-old Ellie, a feisty youngster on the run with Pedro Pascal’s Joel. Expectations from fans of the video game that inspired the show were through the roof, but Ramsey’s performance more than met them.
Sarah Snook (Succession)
She was twice nominated for playing Shiv Roy in earlier seasons of the HBO show, but in the supporting category. For a universally acclaimed final season in which she had more time to shine, she entered as a lead and is the presumptive frontrunner to win.
This story first appeared in an August stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.