Emmys Polls: Who Should Win in the Drama Categories?

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Killing Eve' and 'Pose' are among the shows in contention for best drama series, while their stars are up for acting awards.

The drama categories at the 2019 Emmys will have steep competition, with worthy contenders vying for best actress and actor in a drama series as well as outstanding drama series.

The nominees in the three slots include familiar faces who have either previously won or been nominated as well as some newcomers entering the race. 

Competing in the drama series categories — and earning 32 nominations, which set the record for the most noms for a show in a single year — is Game of Thrones, which scored the best drama win last year. The nominations honor occupied now by the HBO series previously belonged to ABC's NYPD Blue, which received 26 noms in 1994. Nominated for the third time in this category is NBC's This Is Us. Joining the category race for the first time are Netflix's Bodyguard, AMC's Better Call Saul, BBC America's Killing Eve, HBO's Succession and the FX series Pose. The latter show, which is now airing its second season, made history when it debuted in 2018 for casting five transgender women of color as series regulars, an unprecedented number for a scripted series in the U.S.

Game of Thrones and This Is Us are no strangers to receiving nominations and wins, with the latter's Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia securing lead actor nominations for the third year in a row. Brown previously won the award for best actor in 2017. Ventigmilia has yet to win an Emmy. Meanwhile, Kit Harrington earned his first Emmy nomination for lead actor on Game of Thrones. He was previously nominated in 2016, but for best supporting actor in a drama series. Jason Bateman is nominated for the second time for his role on Netflix's Ozark. He also received two noms in previous years for his work on Arrested Development. This year marks Bob Odenkirk's fourth nom for his role as Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul. Billy Porter, a newcomer to this year's race, earned his first nom for Pose.

Over on the actress side, Emilia Clarke earned her fourth Emmy nom for Game of Thrones, but her first in a leading category. She will be competing against six-time Emmy nominee Viola Davis, whose nomination arrives amid news that ABC's How to Get Away With Murder will end with season 6. Fresh off her nomination last year, Sandra Oh returns to the category race for her role on Killing Eve. The actress previously received five mentions for her work on Grey's Anatomy. Oh will compete against her Killing Eve co-star Jodie Comer, who earned her first Emmy nom this year. Four-time Emmy winner Laura Linney earned her first nomination for her work on Ozark. This year marks Robin Wright's sixth nomination for her role as Claire Underwood on Netflix's House of Cards. Meanwhile, Mandy Moore is a first-time nominee, joining her This Is Us co-stars Brown, Ventigmilia and Chris Sullivan as Emmy contenders this year

Who do you think will take home the drama Emmys? Vote in the poll below and check back to see who's in the lead. Also, make sure to vote for who you think should win in the comedy and limited series/TV movie categories, too.