Emmys

Emmys 2012: The Drama Actress Race in Review, Including Our Dream Nominees

One of the big questions surrounding this year’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama race: Can anyone beat Claire Danes? She hasn’t even scored a nomination yet, but Homeland‘s leading lady is already considered the frontrunner to grab gold in September. But Danes’ road to Emmy glory is paved with two big obstacles, one of ‘em named Julianna Margulies (last year’s winner for The Good Wife). The other: Elisabeth Moss (the Mad Men actress is long overdue).

And speaking of long overdue, Sons of Anarchy anti-heroine Katey Sagal is once again gunning for her first-ever nod. If she manages to make the cut, all bets are off.

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More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Drama Series | Lead Drama Actor | Supporting Drama Actor | Supporting Drama Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Outstanding Reality-Competition Series | Outstanding Movie/Miniseries

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 next week as we tackle the supporting races!

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491 Comments
  1. Sasha says:

    Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison

  2. Maggie says:

    Why Ellen Pompeo should win, Why??? She’s boring actress, there are better actresses than her, she has NEVER won NOTHING important by herself in 8 years so Why Now? In Hollywood Industry she’s nobody. Claire or Anna will win :)))

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  4. Giorgio says:

    I love Ellen Pompeo but this season of Grey’s was weak and deserves no nominations.

    Downton Abbey is so overrated, season one was great but season 2 was a mess and does not deserve a single nomination.

    Once Upon a Time is great but it did not really have any worthy performances.

    My choices:

    1. Claire Danes (will win)
    2. Katey Sagal
    3. Anna Torv
    4. Emily Van Camp or Madeline Stowe
    5. Julianna Margulies
    6. Elisabeth Moss

  5. Jenjonesyxxxx says:

    I really think Ellen Pompeo is longover due this award she has been doing this for 8 years nd still manages to keep the audience soo much so that people can’t imagine the show without her ,……………..and mag I ask If this is a drama section where are the cast from CRIMINAL MINDS !!!!!!

  6. Jenjonesy says:

    I think Ellen Pompeo is an amazing actress nd is well overdue an award she has managed to keep an audience over an 8 year show nd people still want more I think that’s amazing nd by the way were are the girls from CRIMINAL MINDS it is an award for drama isn’t it ‘!!!!!!!!

  7. Kassya says:

    Ellem Pompeo or Ana Torv, please!

  8. ayşenur- says:

    ELLEN POMPEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GREYS ANATOMY-MEREDİTHHHH

  9. GreysAnatomy#1fan says:

    YOU KNOW EVERYONE JUST NEEDS TO STOP. ALL OF YOU WHO SAID IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE OTHER THAN ELLEN POMPEO IS WRONG. ELLEN POMPEO IS GOING TO WIN HANDS DOWN.

  10. Miranda says:

    YESSSSSSS. ELLEN POMPEO’S #1. <3 she deserves it 100%.

  11. raelynn says:

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    she should be nomminated because she is such an amazing actress on law & order svu

  12. rosen says:

    stana freaking katic!

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