Emmys 2021: Lead Actress in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees!

Emmys 2021

An Emmy nomination for Pose breakout Mj Rodriguez would be history-making, seeing as how Emmy has never recognized a trans actress (or actor) in a lead acting category. (In 2014, Laverne Cox became the first trans acting nominee ever when she scored a Guest Actress nod for her work in Orange Is the New Black.)

Rodriguez was snubbed for Pose‘s first two seasons, but she is back in the hunt for the acclaimed FX drama’s third and final season. In other words, if voters want to recognize the actress for her work as doting House Mother Blanca, then it’s now or never. And from where we are standing, Rodriguez absolutely deserves to make the cut this year.

Scroll through the list below to review all seven of our Dream Nominees (remember, these aren’t predictions; they’re wish lists) and then tell us if our picks warrant a “Hell, yes!,” “Um, no” or “How could you leave off so-and-so?!”

For the record, 2021 Emmy nominations will be voted on from June 17-28, and unveiled on July 13. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS.

Scroll down for links to our previous Dream Emmy categories:

Outstanding Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees