Anyone who complains that the Emmys nominate the same shows and actors year in and year out won’t find supporting evidence in the lineup of nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Last year’s winner, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, got completely snubbed, as did Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and Scandal‘s Kerry Washington — who’d been in the race the last three and two years, respectively.
New to the 2015 proceedings are two actresses from freshman network dramas — How to Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis and Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson — as well as Tatiana Maslany, finally recognized for her work in Season 3 of BBC America’s Orphan Black.
Those newcomers will be up against Homeland‘s Claire Danes (the 2012-2013 champ), House of Cards‘ Robin Wright (in the running for the third consecutive year) and Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss (hoping to end her losing streak in the Lead Actress race on her fifth nomination, plus an additional nod as Supporting back in 2010).
What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine actresses when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 20? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to justify your pick!
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