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Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

All of last year’s nominees except Elisabeth Moss are still around, and since there are no strong newcomers, the remaining five should all make it back. That sixth slot should go to a previous nominee who was left off last year, probably among Michelle Dockery, Julianna Margulies, Taylor Schilling (who was nominated when Orange is the New Black was competing as a comedy), or Kerry Washington. I’ll go with the one with a couple of wins under her belt (Margulies).

1. Claire Danes, Homeland
2. Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
3. Taraji P. Henson, Empire
4. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
5. Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
6. Robin Wright, House of Cards


Krysten Ritter, Marvel's Jessica Jones
Krysten Ritter, Marvel's Jessica Jones

Tatiana Maslany added another clone to her regular repertoire, and I guess the fourth season is the time when amazement at what she’s doing becomes as fresh as it originally was. Vanessa Ives had a tragic, but appropriate, ending on Penny Dreadful – Eva Green carried that journey in her soul. Jessica Jones has been through a lot; luckily Krysten Ritter imbues her with swagger that keeps her surviving. Is UnREAL’s Rachel villain, antihero, tragic hero, or just a person just doing her thing, trying to get by on this crazy ball of dirt? Shiri Appleby keeps us guessing. On the final season of The Good Wife, Julianna Margulies let it all out, or at least as much as a stoic role like Alicia Florrick would allow her to. UnREAL is a show that had to exist, because it’s about time that Constance Zimmer is running things.

1. Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
2. Eva Green, Penny Dreadful
3. Krysten Ritter, Marvel’s Jessica Jones
4. Shiri Appleby, UnREAL
5. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
6. Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Did I leave off any of the baddest ladies in charge? Let me know in the comments!

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