February 16, 2015 at 4:36 am #341614
well, I think we all know who I won’t be voting for lolFebruary 16, 2015 at 7:30 am #341615
My vote goes to Clarke.February 16, 2015 at 1:05 pm #341617
Wov, competition is so stick and strong in here unlike male edition. That proves to Westeros is ruled by womans indeed!February 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm #341618
It was a tough choice between Lena, Maise, and Sophie, for me. Those three give the best performances, I feel… but I went with Maise.February 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm #341619
Personally I felt Lena was the easy choice. Maisie Williams would probably be my second choice, she has some very strong moments but not near the nuance and layers that Headey brings to what seems to me like a much more difficult character. I know people like Turner and Clarke, I think they’re both good but have found both of them a little overrated most of the time. Christie, Fairley, and Dormer have also all been very strong, I just don’t think they’ve really had enought to do to rival Headey. She makes Cersei such a compelling, twisted, and layered character that I at least want to root for no matter how many horrible things she’s done. Also, it doesn’t heart that Bellamy Young is probably the only person on TV who plays a better drunk.February 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm #341620
As of now, I’d go with Headey. She’s been the most consistent across the four seasons aired (the only season that I wouldn’t have nominated her would be Season 3 where she had the least to do). Clarke may have had the single strongest season of the nominees (her Season 1 arc was superb and the most clearly defined, while Season 3 was great for her as well), but she has hit lows too (Season 2 wasn’t totally her fault as no one could get away with “Where are my dragons??!!!!” every other episode, but in Season 4 she came off at times as robotic).
Turner has steadily improved as she hit a new high in Season 4. Williams has been solid, with her season 2 arc with Charles Dance being her peak thus far. Dormer has been solid though underutilized; to be fair, the show has given her more material than in the books, though she is mostly absent from the second halves of both Seasons 3 and 4. Fairley and Rigg have delivered, with the former being rock solid for her seasons and the latter bringing a healthy dose of stinging one-liners to her brief scenes. Christie and van Houten have been solid too.
I would’ve personally added Rose Leslie (Ygritte) to the list. She was stellar in her debut in Season 2 (I would’ve given her a Guest Actress nomination at least, though she wasn’t submittted that year) and definitely brightened up the scenes between Ygritte and Jon Snow. And in season 3, the transition in Ygritte’s and Jon’s relationship from mere flirtation to geunine romance was very credible, in large part thanks to Leslie’s performance (and which makes her final scenes of both Seasons 3 and 4 all the more heartbreaking). Without her, those scenes north of the Wall would’ve been hard to get through.February 17, 2015 at 4:15 am #341621
I went for Lena Headey as well, though Maisie Williams is very close. It’s really between those two though. I guess Sophie Turner is also strong, but not quite on those two’s level yet I feel. Natalie Dormer, Diana Rigg and Gwendoline Christie are all awesome, but don’t have the material to compete here.
Emilia Clarke has the presence that makes certain moments work, but she can be a little stilted, especially in recent seasons. Michelle Fairley was fine but didn’t bring anything special to the role, I really felt on an island on tha one when everyone was predicting her to get nominated for season 3.February 17, 2015 at 4:17 am #341622
this came down to 3 people for me, Fairley, Turner and Christie.
Fairley is great and her acting is responsible for the red wedding being devastating, but sadly they didn’t give her nearly enough to do.
she did wonders with what she had tho.
Christie takes a character that could easily be stereotypical and turned it in to a very layered and sympathetic character.
Turner has the most difficult part, she is playing a character who is playing a character. the fact that she was only 13 when she started playing the part and still succesed makes it even more impressive. she basically had 3 versions of Sansa to play so far; the spoiled kid, the prematurely-grown trapped young girl who has to keep her guard up all the time and in the last episode, the flirtatious, manipulative young woman and she nails all of those. so I went with her, mostly because she had the most to do.February 17, 2015 at 10:17 am #341623
Thought that I would vote Headey, but when it came down to it, I had to go with Fairley because Headey is always making that face.