The Golden Globes Best Actress in a TV Drama nominees pay tribute to the leading ladies of drama television. These notable actresses each stood out during the year as the best in dramatic television series. Accordingly, their performances have earned them Golden Globe Awards nominations as the top drama actresses on television. In the 2012 edition of the awards, Claire Danes and her role in "Homeland" beat out Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife," Madeleine Stowe in "Revenge," Callie Thorne in "Necessary Roughness" and Mireille Enos in "The Killing" for the award.
Whether these ladies served as the main characters in their respective series, such as Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in "The Good Wife," Piper Perabo as Annie Walker in "Covert Affairs" or Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in "The Closer," or secondary cast members to the leading men of drama television, like 2011 Golden Globe Award-winner Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in 'Sons of Anarchy" and "Elizabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in "Mad Men," each offered a stunning performance nonetheless.
Some of the top television actresses of all time have won this Golden Globe Award for their various roles on the best drama series
. Linda Cristal for her role in "The High Chaparral" was the first to win the award in 1969. Cristal set the stage for many notable actresses to follow in her path including the likes of Angie Dickinson, who won in 1974, Natalie Wood, who won in 1979, Joan Collins, who win in 1982, Angela Lansbury, who won the award four times, and Edie Falco, who earned two Golden Globes, among many others.
These notable television actresses prove that television is far from just about the leading men in drama series
. The winners and nominees of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama have held their own in the prime time television world and then some.