The Emmy for Best Drama Actress has often been one of the most competitive categories, especially in recent years. The winners from the 2000s include some of the most respected actresses in Hollywood, including multiple Oscar nominees. So which Drama Actress winner is your favorite from the 2000s? Look back on each victor and be sure to vote in our poll below.
Sela Ward, “Once and Again” (2000) — The 2000s started off with Ward winning for ABC series “Once and Again.” Ward won after submitting the pilot episode, in which we are introduced to her character, Lily Manning, a single mother who starts up a relationship with a single father. Ward was nominated the following year as well.
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos” (2001, 2003) — Falco’s iconic performance as mob wife Carmela Soprano on “The Sopranos” earned her three Emmys, her first being in 1999. Her other Emmys came for two memorable episodes: “Second Opinion,” in which Carmela has a therapy session with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), and “Whitecaps,” where she and Tony (James Gandolfini) have an explosive confrontation. Falco was also nominated in 2000, 2004 and 2007.
Allison Janney, “The West Wing” (2002, 2004) — After winning two consecutive Emmys in Best Drama Supporting Actress, Janney made the leap up to the lead category with the third season of “The West Wing.” In that third season she submitted “The Women of Qumar,” where her C.J. Cregg speaks out about the treatment of women in Qumar, while in the fifth season she submitted “Access,” where a documentary crew follows her around the office. Janney was also nominated in 2003 and 2006. She won the Oscar for “I, Tonya” earlier this year.
Patricia Arquette, “Medium” (2005) — Arquette took home her Emmy for the first season of “Medium,” playing real-life psychic Allison DuBois. Her spooky winning submission was “In Sickness and Adultery,” an episode where Allison has a disturbing dream that leads her to believe her husband is cheating on her. Arquette was nominated again in 2007.
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2006) — Hargitay was the next Drama Actress winner, triumphing for the seventh season of “Law & Order: SVU.” In her winning episode, “911,” her Det. Olivia Benson gets a call from a girl who seems to be a victim of child pornography. Hargitay was nominated every year at the Emmys from 2004-2011.
Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters” (2007) — Field’s return to a major role on television resulted in an Emmy win for the first season of “Brothers & Sisters.” As family matriarch Nora Walker, Field won for the episode “Mistakes Were Made (Part 2)”, in which she grapples with her son going off to war. Field was nominated for the next two seasons of “Brothers & Sisters.”
Glenn Close, “Damages” (2008-2009) — The decade concluded with Close nabbing back-to-back wins for playing ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes in “Damages.” Her first win was for the pilot episode, where we are first introduced to Patty, and the second was for the Season 2 finale, “Trust Me,” where Patty frames her young apprentice. Close earned two more nominations, in 2010 and 2012.
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