Emmy Nominations Overview: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

After looking at the possible Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series and the Emmy nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, I’m now turning my attention to Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Here are the six actresses that I believe have a chance at taking home the Emmy.

Projected Nominees:

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Julianne Margulies (The Good Wife)

Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Glenn Close (Damages)

Connie Britton (Nashville)

Keri Russell (The Americans)

Despite the overall quality of these six nominees, I’m really only familiar with the work of four out of the six of theses actresses. I’m sure Glenn Close and Julianne Margulies give fantastic performances in Damages and The Good Wife, but I just haven’t been able to catch up for the most recent seasons of either show and therefore cannot provide an honest endorsement for either actress. However, due to the fact that they were both nominees last year and have been Emmy favorites throughout their careers, I’m pretty confident in saying that both Close and Margulies will snag nominations come Emmy announcement day.

Another guarantee Emmy noClaire Danes Emmysminee is Claire Danes for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison on Homeland. Even though there has been much debate over the quality of Homeland‘s second season, no one can deny that Danes continued to be a powerhouse all season long, no matter what the writers threw at her. Also factor in that she won the Emmy last year, and she’s a total lock for another nomination and probably another win. Furthermore, Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men is another sure thing when it comes to landing an Emmy nomination. Peggy Olson had a pretty big season this year on Mad Men, as she inched closer and closer to becoming the “new” (and improved) version of Don, even if she didn’t have as much screen time as some of her co-stars.

As far as my other two picks for Emmy nominations go, I’m not as certain. Connie Britton has become an Emmy favorite after Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, and her performance in Nashville, while not groundbreaking, is solid enough that I think it will land her another nomination. Keri Russell’s chances, on the other hand, depend on how Emmy voters feel about The Americans as a whole. If the show itself garners numerous nominations, Russell definitely has to be one of them. However, will Emmy voters be able to warm up to her character’s cold exterior, even though there is so much subtlety and nuance going on in each scene underneath that facade?

My dream nominee: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)Tatian Maslany Emmys

Even though I still need to finish the first season of Orphan Black (I’m slowly but surely mowing down episodes through On Demand), I’ve already seen enough to know that Tatiana Maslany deserves an Emmy nomination more than any other actress. In Orphan Black, Maslany is not asked to simply create one fully realized character. Instead, she is asked to portray several different characters (for those who don’t know what Orphan Black is about, she’s playing clones) and make each of one of them feel authentic, real, and original, and she does it with grace and ease. Without Maslany’s performance, Orphan Black just simply would not work. Her acting carries the show and grounds its sci-fi and fantastical nature in some sense of reality. You can’t clone an Emmy (okay, I mean, I guess they technically all look the same, but you get my point), and Maslany’s amazing work deserves this one-of-a-kind award more than any other performance this year.

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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