Emmys 2011: A Look at the Lead Drama Actress Race — Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

In 2010, the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series seemed destined to go to Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. Everybody said so. Apparently everybody but the Emmy voters, that is. They decided instead, that after her fifth nomination, it was The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick who finally deserved to win. This year the big buzz surrounds Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. Come award night, will she or some other fresh face have the statuette in their hand? Or will Margulies, again a seeming frontrunner, claim it this time? Or someone else patiently waiting their turn? Here’s our analysis of the standouts competing to get a nod.

More Emmy Races In Review: Outstanding Drama Series | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series | Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then vote below for who you think are the six best. And check back Friday for our preview of the Outstanding Lead Drama Actor race!

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  1. Yovanna says:

    I Love Justin Bieber….He is mine…..

  2. Castlefan says:

    Stana Katic anyone?!?!? Who created this list not to nominate such a superbly brilliant and gorgeous actress. Heck, she should be the one to win the Emmy! You have to be completely crazy not to be swept away by her emotional and always moving performances. She completely embodies her role and ALWAYS does Beckett justice to her character. No one can even compare…Honestly this is sad that people can’t recognize true talent these days and that Castle is still somewhat the ‘outcast’ of all the shows on tv.

  3. VS says:

    Anna Torv. Why didn’t she get nominated?