10 Drama Actresses That Deserve An Emmy Nomination In 2015

  
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The small screen is the best place for actresses these days. Television roles allow for much more character development than on movies do and there are more opportunities for women. Since Emmy nominations are coming up, we’ve been thinking about all the television actresses who have totally blown us away this year. There are so many to consider. Soon we’ll see who gets an Emmy nod and who was totally robbed. We have put careful consideration into who we think deserves a nomination, so join us as we take a look at all the drama actresses who we want to see nominated for 2015!

Disclaimer: Many of these entries include mild spoilers so, if you are not caught up, you may want be careful navigating certain entries.

Bonus: Keri Russell – The Americans

The Americans is a slow burn series and that impacts audience’s reactions to its storylines because it sometimes takes a while to get any sort of payoff. Keri Russell’s season-long arc to try and bond with her character’s teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) eventually took a different turn than many series like it have attempted in the past (her character being a Russian spy and all). The end result could net her a long overdue Emmy nomination.

The way the season ended with Russell’s character Elizabeth taking Paige with her to Russia to see her dying mother was a touching and poignant moment and it was the spark that led to the show’s cliffhanger ending. The repercussions from those actions will drive the show into its fourth season and that type of emotional on-screen response is what sets Russell apart from a lot of today’s actresses.

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10. Kerry Washington – Scandal

This is why people get upset at the Emmys…they set up their audiences for a big emotional moment and then pull it away à la Charlie Brown and the football.

A few years ago, when Scandal’s Kerry Washington was poised to win Best Actress following her first nomination, producers paired her with Diahann Carroll (the first African-American woman to be nominated in the category). The message was clear…Carroll was passing the torch to Washington and it was a nice, potentially history making moment…and then Claire Danes won again for Homeland.

An African-American actress has NEVER won in the category…let that sink in. This year the possibility is there for three strong African-American women to be nominated in the same year (something else that has never happened). Yet of the trio, Washington, despite being the one with the most established show, may be the odd person out. Should that happen Scandal’s “gladiators” would have every right to be ticked off as Washington’s second half storyline was remarkable and included the one-off racially charged “The Lawn Chair” episode which should definitely be singled out.

Come on Emmy voters…please get it right this year.

Photo by Rob Latour/REX

Photo by Rob Latour/REX

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