Emmy Poll: Who Should Win Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series?

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Taraji P. Henson on 'Empire'

Repeat nominees, past winners and a newcomer face off in the best dramatic actress category.

Does this look familiar? Of the six best actress in a drama nominees this year, only one has not been nominated for her role before.

Keri Russell, who plays an undercover Soviet spy posing as an American in the 1980s on FX's The Americans, earned her first nomination after five seasons on the political thriller. This is also Russell's first Emmy nomination of her career, despite her years on the drama Felicity, for which she won a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama actress in 1999.

On the other end of the spectrum, House of Cards' Robin Wright has earned her fourth straight nomination for her role as lobbyist turned first lady, Claire Underwood. However, Wright has never taken home the award.

Claire Danes, star of Showtime's Homeland, scored her fifth nomination as CIA officer Carrie Mathison. Danes won back-to-back Emmys for the role in 2012 and 2013. 

On Fox's Empire, Taraji P. Henson plays the fierce record mogul Cookie Lyon. Henson got her first nomination in the role last year after the drama's first season and made it a twofer this year with another nod, though she is hoping for a different outcome this year.

Last year's winner in the category, Viola Davis, also got her second nomination for her portrayal of criminal defense professor Annalise Keating in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder

Tatiana Maslany, this year's youngest nominee in the category, plays six roles on BBC America's Orphan Black. The futuristic, sci-fi thriller earned Maslany her first Emmy nom last year. 

Who do you think should take home the Emmy for best dramatic actress this year? Cast your vote below and check back before the Emmys air Sept. 18 to see how your predictions stack up with others. And you can also cast your votes for best drama series, best comedy series, best limited series and best lead actor in a drama series.

 
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