While there are some returning favorites like Claire Danes for “Homeland” and Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men,” the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series also includes two first-timers who are making waves. Robin Wright in “House of Cards” is the first actress nominated for a series that aired exclusively online, and Kerry Washington in “Scandal” is the first black actress to be nominated for an Emmy in this category since Cicely Tyson in 1995, and if she wins, she’ll be the first ever to do so. While “Scandal” is certainly a fan favorite, it seems unlikely that Washington will beat the powerhouse and awards-magnet that is Danes on “Homeland.” If anyone were to upset, it could be Vera Farmiga, who has received praise for her wonderfully strange and mysterious work on “Bates Motel.” Of course, for all the “Mad Men” fans out there, don’t sleep on Elisabeth Moss, who had a great season.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 19 print edition. Ife Olujobi is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]