Actresses Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?  

Lisa Waugh
274 votes 73 voters 18 items

List Rules Vote up the actresses you think you should win the Best Lead Actress Emmy in drama, comedy, and limited series.

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

The Best Lead Actress categories at the 2016 Emmy Awards are almost impossible to predict.  It’s not a clear-cut choice who should win at the Emmys, particularly when all the Outstanding Actress Emmy nominees are all awards-worthy.

When it comes to the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series 2016, just who should take home the golden lady holding the atom? Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation? Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. Simpson? How about Lili Taylor on American Crime? Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blumquist probably visualized her Emmy. But Felicity Huffman on American Crime and Audra McDonald from Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill are not to be denied. 

The race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is on. You got Keri Russell from The Americans. The mighty Viola Davis as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder and Claire Danes tearing it up once again on Homeland. No one gets past Taraji P. Henson in Empire. As Claire Underwood, Robin Wright steals House of Cards wholesale, while Tatiana Maslany played seemingly everybody on Orphan Black for yet another powerful season. Maybe it’s finally her time.

That's not even mentioning the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy category. It's un-fudging-believable, as Kimmy Schmidt might say. Vote up the actresses you think most deserve to win.

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Tatiana Maslany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Tatiana Maslany Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Orphan Black (Sarah Manning, Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Beth Childs, Rachel Duncan, Helena)

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Sarah Paulson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Sarah Paulson Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - The People v. O.J. Simpson (Marcia Clark)

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Keri Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Keri Russell Lead Actress in a Drama Series - The Americans (Elizabeth Jennings)

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Robin Wright Lead Actress in a Drama Series - House of Cards (Claire Underwood)

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Veep (Selina Meyer)

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Ellie Kemper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Ellie Kemper Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Kimmy Schmidt)

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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Kirsten Dunst Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - Fargo (Peggy Blumquist) 

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Claire Danes Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Homeland (Carrie Mathison)

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Taraji P. Henson Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Empire (Cookie Lyon)

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Viola Davis Lead Actress in a Drama Series - How to Get Away with Murder (Annalise Keating)

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lily Tomlin Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Grace and Frankie (Frankie Bergstein)

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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Amy Schumer Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Inside Amy Schumer (various)

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Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Audra McDonald Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Lady Day)

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Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Tracee Ellis Ross Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Black-ish (Rainbow Johnson)

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Felicity Huffman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Felicity Huffman Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - American Crime (Leslie Graham)

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Laurie Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Laurie Metcalf Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Getting On (Dr. Jenna James)

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Lili Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Lili Taylor Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - American Crime (Anne Blaine)

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Win Outstanding Lead Actress at the 2016 Emmy Awards?
Kerry Washington Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a TV Movie - Confirmation (Anita Hill)