August 3, 2015 at 9:37 am #356870
Many felt this year that both Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel)” would likely win if they could just get the nomination. Although they ended up getting left out, we can at least take comfort in knowing they were nominated once upon a time. It made me wonder who else only ever received a single nomination for their role in the category of Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
This poll consists of the last 10 actresses to have multiple seasons, but only one nomination. It starts with Caplan last year and goes all the way back to 1989 (Linda Hamilton, “Beauty and the Beast”).
There are some exceptions–
The three following actresses were nominated for the only season of their series:
– Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief” (2006)
– Claire Danes, “My So-Called Life” (1995)
– Cicely Tyson, “Sweet Justice” (1995)
The following actress was in a series that lasted seven seasons, but she was only in season four:
– Glenn Close, “The Shield” (2005)
The two following actresses were nominatned for the only episode of the season they were in:
– Kate Nelligan, “Road to Avonlea” (1992) – Ep: “After the Honeymoon”
– Shirley Knight, “Law & Order” (1991) – Ep: “The Wages of Love”
Lastly, these two actresses were nominated once in Lead for their series; however, the very next year they were nominated again, but in Supporting:
– Rachel Griffiths, “Six Feet Under” (2002)
– Piper Laurie, “Twin Peaks” (1990)
That leaves the 10 contenders in the poll, who only received a single nomination when they were eligible for more.
Sela Ward is an interesting case because she not only won for “Sisters,” but she was on its entire run (six seasons, 127 episodes) yet only has the one nom/win for season 2.
It also makes me wonder if any of the three newbies in the category this year will be added to this list, or garner a second nom:
– Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
– Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
– Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
There is still hope for three contenders on the poll: Connie Britton has the upcoming fourth season of “Nashville,” Vera Farmiga has the upcoming fourth season of “Bates Motel” (and confirmed for a fifth season), and Lizzy Caplan is in the third season of “Masters of Sex,” airing right now.August 3, 2015 at 10:06 am #356872
I’m biased as longtime fan of “Mad Men”, but January Jones definitely deserved many nominations (only one nomination for beautiful Betty Draper is beyond my understanding and patience) and, at least, one win (no matter, lead or supporting actress).
Though I love Janine Turner in the “Northern Exposure”, so she is my runner-up in this poll.
Sela Ward is really strange case, because after that she won for “Once and Again” (by beating Bracco and Falco) and after second nomination for this conventional tv series finally disappeared. So she is almost did the trick twice which is unexplainable and impressive (when she won for “Sisters”, she won over Swoosie Kurtz who was nominated for the same TV series before).August 3, 2015 at 10:20 am #356873
Now that I have seen “Fight”, people need to stop with the talk about Lizzy Caplan having an episode competitive for the win. I even went back to the Masters of Sex thread to read the comments from when it aired and the consensus was that it was a better episode for Michael Sheen and people hoped that Caplan would get a better submission later in the season. It is only when she did not that people latched onto that one and started building the myth of her being criminally snubbed.August 3, 2015 at 11:55 am #356874
Now that I have seen “Fight”, people need to stop with the talk about Lizzy Caplan having an episode competitive for the win. I even went back to the Masters of Sex thread to read the comments from when it aired and the consensus was that it was a better episode for Michael Sheen and people hoped that Caplan would get a better submission later in the season. It is only when she did not that people latched onto that one and started building the myth of her being criminally snubbed.
Couldn’t agree more. I even rewatched this episode in case of maybe I’m lost something, not paying attention or something, but no. It was Sheen’s tour-de-force, Caplan was just there, lying and making some story. Also, the episode itself isn’t particularly a standout.
Oh, I vote for January Jones. She create an iconic Betty.
Season 1 – episodes ‘Ladies’ Room’, ‘Shoot’ & ‘The Wheel’
Season 2 – ‘ A Night to Remember’ & ‘Meditations in an Emergency’
Season 3 – well, thanks for the actual nomination
Season 4 – ‘The Chrysanthemum & The Sword’ & ‘Tomorrowland’
Season 5 – ‘Tea Leaves’ & ‘Dark Shadows’
Season 6 – ‘The Doorway’ & ‘The Better Half’
Season 7.1 – ‘Field Trip’ & ‘The Runaways’
Season 7.2. – ‘The Forecast’ & ‘The Milk & Honey Route’August 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm #356875
Vera for the poll, but special shoutout to January. Almost done with “Mad Men” and to see how irrelevant Betty has become is shocking considering the early years.August 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm #356876
Lizzy Caplan did not have a winning episode, even with “fight”, but she did deserve a nomination based on her overall work in season 2.
Out of this list, the most criminal snub was and continues to be Vera Farmiga. Think what you will about the show, but her performance is deserving of win(s). Imo she had a brilliant submission with the pilot, and the best one of the bunch. She also had a competitive tape with season two´s finale, and in the third season she once again had multiple strong submissions. It is ridiculous she has one nomination.August 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm #356877
I did vote for Sela Ward in “Sisters”, although the quality of the show dipped a lot in seasons 4-6, Wards performances were always fantastic and frankly, another win for her would have been totally justified.
I think the issue in the time period that Sisters was on is that there were so many fantastic, complex lead actressess working that the field was very competitive and somebody could be overlooked for fantastic work.August 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm #356878
Vera by far. She never deserved to be dropped off the listAugust 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm #356879
Easy one for January Jones.August 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm #356880
speaking of Ward, are there dvds/blurays or streaming service when I can watch both Sisters and Once and Again as a whole? I only had the chance to watch her submissions.August 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm #356881
She could even win this year with Norma LouiseAugust 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm #356882
Easily, January Jones. IMO She deserved to win for “A Night to Remember”August 3, 2015 at 6:09 pm #356883
After season 4 seems like Weiner and company struggle a lot figuring out how to handle Betty, it was borderline irrelevant until season 6, and I think it was only because Sally became a more active character in the show.
That being said, I’d still say January Jones. After her nomination in lead (which I thought she should’ve won, “The Gipsy and The Hobo” was her personal “The Suitcase”), I think she at least deserved to be nominated in season 6 for “The Better Half”, and she also definetely deserved to be nominated for this last season. “The Milk And Honey Route” would’ve made her really competitive and could’ve given Aduba, Headey and even her co-star Hendricks a real run for their money, she was devastating in that episode.August 3, 2015 at 8:03 pm #356884
It was rather strange that the producers or maybe the executives at AMC put Liz Moss in the lead category on the ballot 5 times instead of January Jones who would have had a way better chance of winning since she is more lead than Moss is. “A Night to Remember” from season 2 seemed like a winning episode.August 4, 2015 at 6:31 am #356885
Vera Farmiga gets my vote.
Minnie Driver should’ve won over Sally Field. That should’ve been an easy win for her. She ended up losing to her one time director because of her name basically, because as good as Field was on B&S and as great as her tape was, Driver was much better. Add that to those ridiculous snubs for Will & Grace and you have a pretty worthy winner. I’m not voting for her because I don’t remember season 2 that well.
Mireille Enos could’ve been nominated again but we all know how/why that “snub” happened.
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