Emmys Twist: The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri Will Jump Into the Lead Actress Race for Season 2

The Bear breakout Ayo Edebiri is about to take her rightful place among TV’s leading ladies.

Edebiri, who is currently nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her turn as sous chef Sydney in Season 1 of the Hulu series, will be submitted for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Season 2.

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As previously reported, the strike-delayed, 75th Primetime Emmys are now slated to take place on Monday, Jan. 15 on Fox, four months after their originally scheduled Sept. 18 airdate. The January telecast will recognize achievements in series that aired between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023 — hence The Bear competing for Season 1.

If Edebiri is nominated for Season 2, she’ll compete for Lead Actress at the 76th Primetime Emmys, which will take place next September. Sooner than that, she’ll be eligible for Lead Actress at both the 81st Golden Globes (Jan. 7, 2024) and the 29th Critics Choice Awards (Jan. 14, 2024), where The Bear will be submitting for Season 2.

The FX sensation, which returned to Hulu with Season 2 in June, was recently renewed for Season 3.

Variety was the first to report the category change.

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