2014 Emmy Picks: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

The Good Wife Emmys

With the Emmy Awards airing this coming Monday, August 25th, on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.

Today, I’ll be looking at the drama fields, focusing on the races for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Drama Series. I already covered who should and will win for the major supporting categories. Now it’s time to focus on the lead acting races. First up: who should win and will win for Outstanding Lead Actress.


Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Should win: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex

While I usually am a huge supporter of Claire Danes when it comes to this category and still enjoyed her performance in what was a sometimes up-and-down season of Homeland, I have to give Caplan the nod here over her fellow Showtime actress. As Virginia Johnson, Caplan is simply magnetic, providing a spark, a type of electricity, that no other character on Masters has. She’s able to embody all the goddess-like qualities that the men of the series bestow upon her, while still remaining a strong, independent, and incredibly interesting female character. Her performance is the best in this category and one of the best ones, male or female, on television right now.

Will win: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Although I may be championing for Caplan to win this award, her actual chances of walking away with the Emmy are very slim, as she, along with Beau Bridges and Allison Janney in the guest acting categories, are really the only big-time nominations that Masters received after a very impressive debut season last fall. So who do I think Emmy voters will honor instead of the sensational Caplan? Julianna Marguilies of The Good Wife will win the award on Monday night and not because it’s some fluke. Marguilies is a fantastic actress and did some of her best work ever this year in what many claim was the best season yet of The Good Wife. Although the Emmys neglected to recognize the show for Outstanding Drama Series, they will  not neglect to recognize Marguilies here.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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