After six seasons starring in the acclaimed Showtime series “Homeland,” Claire Danes is looking to continue her rise in the ranks as one of Emmy’s most celebrated leading ladies. No contender in this category has a resume quite as impressive as Danes, who has two prior wins (2012 and 2013) for her role as bipolar CIA officer Carrie Mathison. Will she earn a sixth straight nomination for Best Drama Actress this year?
Another bid would put Danes in rare company in the history of television’s biggest awards show, as only three women have ever earned six or more nominations in a row as Best Drama Actress. Tyne Daly set the original benchmark when she earned six straight for “Cagney & Lacey” from 1983 to 1988. Daly went on to win four of those. More recently Mariska Hargitay received an impressive eight consecutive nominations for “Law & Order: SVU,” spanning from 2004 to 2011, including a win in 2006. But the most impressive and tragic of all was Angela Lansbury, who racked up an unprecedented 11 straight nominations for “Murder, She Wrote” from 1985 through 1995, but failed to win a single one.
Danes took home an Emmy for both Season 1 and Season 2 of “Homeland” but her impressive run with the TV academy goes much further. She received her first nomination for Best Drama Actress when she was just 16 years old in 1995 for “My So-Called Life.” She lost that first bid to Kathy Baker in “Picket Fences.” In 2010 Danes received her second Emmy nomination, this time for Best Movie/Mini Actress for HBO’s “Temple Grandin.” She went on to win that Emmy over an impressive field that included Joan Allen, Hope Davis, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Following that victory, she began her streak of five nominations for “Homeland” that included wins in 2012 and 2013.
Some television series begin to wane in popularity after such a long run, but “Homeland” has done well to maintain its fan base. In the current landscape of modern viewing over various platforms including both cable and streaming devices, Season 6 had a total viewership of approximately 5.5 million overall. And the April 9 season finale increased its audience by nearly 72 percent. That increase is proof that “Homeland” is still very much on the radar of Emmy voters.
Despite those impressive numbers, this year has proven competitive for leading actresses in a drama series. According to recent Gold Derby racetrack odds, Danes is facing strong competition from Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), 2015 champ Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”).
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