DARK HORSE: Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in “Penny Dreadful”
DARK HORSE: Rutina Wesley as Nova Bordelon in “Queen Sugar”
DARK HORSE: Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon on “Empire”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in “The Leftovers”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson in “This is Us”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy in “Westworld”
FRONTRUNNER: Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in “House of Cards”
FRONTRUNNER: Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Fight”
FRONTRUNNER: Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in “The Americans”
FRONTRUNNER: Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder”
FRONTRUNNER: Elisabeth Moss as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale”
FRONTRUNNER: Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”
In a year where newcomers are making a significant Emmys push, Best Actress in a Drama Series is one of the biggest categories for some fresh faces.
Unlike things on the Comedy side, where Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the midst of a five-year run, the Drama field is far more wide open. Last year’s winner, Tatiana Maslany, isn’t in the mix due to “Orphan Black’s” delayed release, but there are plenty of actresses who have a legitimate shot of taking home a statuette in 2017.
As we’ve done for all the other categories, we’ve gathered the top actresses in the category, from the dark horses all the way through to the sure things. For each actress, we’ve also included whether they’ve graced the stage before and if they’ll have a shot again if 2017 doesn’t end up being their year.
(For full predictions and analysis on this year’s awards, check out our Emmy homepage here.)
Previous Nominations: 0
Previous Wins: 0
Eligible After This Year?: Sadly, after “Penny Dreadful” unexpectedly closed up shop last summer, this would be Green’s last shot for this show.