Emmys 2015: Lead Actress in a Drama Series — Our 6 Dream Nominees!

What do two badass women from the 1940s (one of ’em stuck in a different era), a hard-on-her-luck single mom (with a seriously damaged son), and an infinitely quotable record exec have in common?

They’re four of the characters who’ve inspired TVLine’s 2015 Dream Emmy Ballot for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

Who’s not on our list? The last two women to triumph in the category — Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies, who are both fantastic, but who’ve had a lock on the statuette since 2011. #SharingIsCaring

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — to see our fresh-blood ideas, then tell us if our picks warrant a “Woot!”/”Whaaaat?”/crisp slap of rebuke!