Emmy Nominations Made Easy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

With the June 28th deadline to return Emmy nominee ballots fast approaching, many of your favorite television web sites have begun to make their case for a handful of worthy 2012 nominees. Not to be outdone, we here at theTVaddict.com have decided — as we are wont to do — to take things one step further. Which is to say, in a completely altruistic effort to simplify things for the voting body that is the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, your friendly neighborhood TV Addict has decided to save those lucky enough to call themselves “Emmy Voters” from countless hours spent needlessly scrolling through a seemingly never ending PDF of worthy performers by presenting our “Emmy Nominations Made Easy!” With today’s focus being on our picks for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

We Make the Case For…

[176] Glenn Close: After not being eligible last year as a result of DAMAGES unexpectedly long hiatus following its jump from FX to DirecTV, Glenn Close certainly made the case for a return to contention with her pitch perfect portrayal of Patty Hewes, a morally bankrupt litigator who will do anything to win both inside and outside of the courtroom.

[177] Claire Danes: As if making the transition from child to adult star in one piece isn’t reason enough to reward the former MY SO-CALLED LIFE star, Danes’ thrilling turn to series television as CIA agent Carrie Mathison should do the trick.

[183] Mireille Enos: Should AMC decide to renew the slow and plodding murder mystery that is THE KILLING for a third season, the show’s cast and creative team will have Mireille Enos’ grounded and not the least bit glamorous performance to thank.

[196] Julianna Marguilies: In a crowded field overflowing with praise for cable aces, look to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to reserve one of its highest profile pieces of hardware for Network royalty Julianna Marguilies. Good wife, great show.

[202] Elisabeth Moss: Consistently excellent performance aside, nothing says resume builder quite like an Emmy nod now that Elisabeth Moss’ “career” is in flux following a fantastic fifth season that saw Peggy Olson finally stand up to mentor Don and choose to leave Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce for what may-or-may-not-be greener pastures.

[208] Emmy Rossum: Just because Emmy Rossum gets paid ridiculous sums of money to make out with the likes of James Wolk, Taylor Kinney and Justin Chatwin should in no way take away from her fantastic turn as de facto Gallagher matriarch Fiona.

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  • I don’t have much to say about this category, because I don’t watch many shows with female leads. 

    That being said, I do watch Homeland, Mad Men and The Killing and the leading women from each show all deserve to be nominated. This includes Jessica Paré who had an incredible breakout season as the new Mrs. Don Draper. 

    Aside from those 4, I don’t have much of an opinion about who takes the other two spots. I’ve never seen Damages, The Good Wife, or Shameless (I’ve seen a little bit of Shameless, but not enough to recommend a nomination). 

    Literally the only other shows with female leads I watch are Person of Interest, True Blood, Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t recommend any of them to be nominated. 

    Maybe if Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) had decided to join the Lead Actress race, she would have been a shoe-in. Same goes for Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)