2015 Best Actress nominees

2015 Emmy Predictions: Best Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis inThu Sep 17 15:14:00 EDT 2015

Broadcast squares off against streaming in a wide open showdown between leading ladies.

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Mitch Haaseth/ABC Viola Davis in "How to Get Away With Murder" on ABC

Unlike the other three drama acting categories, all the actresses nominated in 2014 for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series were eligible again this year. But four of them didn't make the cut anyway, including the winner. Julianna Margulies won here last year for "The Good Wife, " and she was left off along with Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") and Kerry Washington ("Scandal"). Only Claire Danes ("Homeland") and Robin Wright ("House of Cards") return, though Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") is also back after sitting last year out.

Will one of those three win? If so, they'll have to beat out an epic trio of new competitors. There's Viola Davis, who many thought was a lock to win at the Golden Globes and remains a hot contender for freshman sensation "How to Get Away With Murder." Taraji P. Henson is also high on a lot of lists thanks to her show-stopping role in "Empire." And Tatiana Maslany is finally in contention here for "Orphan Black" after a couple of controversial snubs. We could really foresee any of them of them winning.

Below are predictions for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Critic Ben Travers. Check back as they might very well change 'em up between now and September, and stay up-to-date on all the races with our predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Ben's predictions:
Will win: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"
Could win: Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"
Should win: Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Shoulda been here: Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"

Peter's predictions:
Will win: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Could win: Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Should win: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Shoulda been here: Keri Russell, "The Americans"

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