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    Over the years, this category has had some amazing actresses, accompanied by some amazing performances. But, I think one of the most interesting and competittive races was in 97:


    Miss Evers’ BoysAlfre Woodard (HBO)

    Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement
    Helen Mirren (PBS)

    …First Do No Harm
    Meryl Streep (ABC)

    In the Gloaming
    Glenn Close (HBO)

    An Unexpected FamilyStockard Channing (USA)

    Alfre deservedly took the trophy. But, any of them would’ve been worthy. Anyone else have any favorite assembly of nominees in this category? 

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    benbraddock
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    I love 2004

    MERYL STREEP -ANGELS IN AMERICA
    EMMA THOMPSON- ANGELS IN AMERICA
    GLENN CLOSE- THE LION IN WINTER
    JUDY DAVIS- RON AND NANCY
    HELEN MIRREN- PRIME SUSPECT

    Amazing group of actresses..meryl’s win was completely
    deserved, but i wouldnt have minded if Close won…

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    vinny
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    I gotta go with the lineup at the 61st Emmys.

    The lineup:

    Jessica Lange – Grey Gardens
    Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens
    Shirley MacLaine – Coco Chanel
    Sigourney Weaver – Prayers for Bobby
    Chandra Wilson – Accidental Friendship

    All great performances.             

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    Someonelikeme
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    @benbraddock: I love this lineup too!

    @vinny: I’ve never seen Chandra in Accidental Friendship, but I loved the other performances!  

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    I love 2004

    MERYL STREEP -ANGELS IN AMERICA
    EMMA THOMPSON- ANGELS IN AMERICA
    GLENN CLOSE- THE LION IN WINTER
    JUDY DAVIS- RON AND NANCY
    HELEN MIRREN- PRIME SUSPECT

    Amazing group of actresses..meryl’s win was completely
    deserved, but i wouldnt have minded if Close won…

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    great lineup of performances indeed, probably could have rivaled that
    year’s slate of Best Actress Oscar nominees. Meryl so deserved to win,
    probably her greatest post-2000 performance. Glenn Close is definitely
    second.

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    I liked:

    2004:
    Glenn Close – The Lion in Winter
    Judy Davis – The Reagans
    Helen Mirren – Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness
    Meryl Streep – Angels in America
    Emma Thompson – Angels in America

    2005:
    Halle Berry – Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Blythe Danner – Back When We Were Grownups
    S. Epatha Merkerson – Lackawana Blues
    Cynthia Nixon – Warm Springs
    Debra Winger – Dawn Anna

    2007:
    Queen Latifah – Life Support (should have won!)
    Debra Messing – The Starter Wife
    Helen Mirren – Prime Suspect: The Final Act
    Mary-Louise Parker – The Robber Bride
    Gena Rowlands – What If God Were the Sun?

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    When you compare some of the women who have won this award to some of the women who have won the Oscar for Best Actress, the differences may shock you. The Emmy often goes to the respected name with the performance to back it up, while the Oscar goes to spur of the moment, it-girls with personality (not saying they aren’t talented as well).

    Emmy: Julianne Moore, Claire Danes, Judy Davis, Ellen Barkin, Glenn Close, Gena Rowlands, Cicely Tyson
    Oscar: Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Anyway, I love the 1995 lineup: Glenn Close, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton and Alfre Woodward with Close winning for her greatest on-screen performance imo.

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    Certainly 2000–01. I know Judy Davis swept all the awards groups for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows but Emma Thompson was far and away the better performer, in my opinion. There was also Hannah Taylor-Gordon for the acclaimed Anne Frank: The Whole Story (the best adaptation I’ve seen) and Judi Dench’s Golden Globe-winning performance in The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. Holly Hunter was definitely a name recognition nominee for that all-but-forgotten Billie Jean King telefilm and was likely in fifth place.

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    Someonelikeme
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    Oh Emma Thompson all the way for me.

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    Emmy: Julianne Moore, Claire Danes, Judy Davis, Ellen Barkin, Glenn Close, Gena Rowlands, Cicely Tyson
    Oscar: Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow

    don’t you dare forget that Gwyneth  had also won the Emmy
    lead actress in a miniseries or movie had always been the most competitive and star-stuffed category in the emmys

    totally agreed that 2000-2001 (53rd) was one of the best competition, if it was for me, the winner would be Judi Dench

    Judy Davis                 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows

    Judi Dench                      The Last of the Blonde Bombshells

    Holly Hunter                 When Billie Beat Bobby

    Hannah Taylor-Gordon Anne Frank: The Whole Story

    Emma Thompson         Wit  

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    Paltrow never won and was never nominated in this category, she won for her guest appearance on Glee (undeserved of course).

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    I’ll throw in another vote for 2000-2001.

    Davis and Thompson are far and away the best of the lineup; both women turn in performances that are easily among the top three of their respective careers. The normally restrained Davis manages to blow herself up to larger-than-life proportions and creates a portrait of a legend that is never just about mere impersonation (and still feels often uncanny), and Thompson thrives with the very talky, cerebral passages of “Wit” and puts forth a gorgeous thesis in minimalist acting. It’s such an apples vs. oranges proposition that it’s almost impossible to compare the two; though I give the slight edge to Davis, who feels a lot further from her typical comfort zone than Thompson does.

    Dench is terrific fun in the plummy “Last of the Blonde Bombshells,” and I’m delighted that she has a Golden Globe to show for her work.

    Taylor-Gordon (whose physical resemblance to her real-life counterpart is positively eerie) renders a very sensitive portrayal of the beloved diarist without skimping on the shadows lurking beneath the optimism of her writings. In a film with the likes of Ben Kingsley and Brenda Blethyn putting forth highly-seasoned, professional accounts of themselves, the young lady holds her own.

    Hunter’s displays of athleticism aside, hers is certainly the most modest work on display here, but it’s nothing to scoff at. I probably would have put Poppy Montgomery of “Blonde” in Hunter’s slot, but Hunter’s silent reaction as a stewardess is taken advantage of by a lecherous passenger on a plane has stayed with me a good decade after the fact, so the nomination wasn’t totally superfluous.

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    2005:
    Halle Berry – Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Blythe Danner – Back When We Were Grownups
    S. Epatha Merkerson – Lackawana Blues
    Cynthia Nixon – Warm Springs 
    Debra Winger – Dawn Anna

    2007:
    Queen Latifah – Life Support (should have won!)
    Debra Messing – The Starter Wife 
    Helen Mirren – Prime Suspect: The Final Act
    Mary-Louise Parker – The Robber Bride
    Gena Rowlands – What If God Were the Sun?

    These were outstanding groups, with Danner & Messing being the weakest links, but even their performances were nothing to turn your nose up about, either.  

    Of course, S. Epatha Merkerson hit the trifecta her year. But, it was very interesting in Latifah’s year, she won Globe & SAG, but lost Emmy. 
     

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    Drew Barrymore also won the Globe and SAG for Grey Gardens, but also lost in the emmys, to her co-star, Jessica Lange.

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