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2015 TV Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Put the categories aside and vote to determine which Emmy-nominated actor delivered the best performance of the year.

At the Emmys, actors and actresses compete in specific categories, but we thought it would be fun to vote on the best acting performance of 2015, regardless of category. You tell us who gave the best performance for 2015, no matter how big or small their role. Was it a man or a woman, a lead or supporting actor, an actor in a show or a mini-series? Compare them across the board to arrive at a ranking of best to worst Emmy performances from the 2015 Emmy nominees.

The 2015 Emmy nominations didn’t have too many surprises. Emmy voters had a large pool of shows to choose from and the 67th Primetime Emmy Award nominations saw choices from across many portals, including Netflix and Amazon titles. 

The 2015 Emmy Best Actor nominees included some expected choices but did leave Clive Owen from The Knick and Matthew Rhys of The Americans out in the cold. And the Emmy nominees don't include Ilana Glazer of Broad City, but Amy Schumer did land her first nomination.

Probably one of the bigger surprises is Kyle Chandler for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His stellar work on the Bloodline was the reason many people binge-watched the Netflix series. Another pleasant surprise was Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in her first time up for an Emmy. And it was nice that Emmy voters saw to it that Taraji P. Henson and Bob Odenkirk got 2015 Emmy nominations for their fine work on Empire and Better Call Saul.  

Empire fans won't be too happy because the show didn’t sweep as expected. And it’s probably going to be awkward when Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are back on set of Grace and Frankie. Elisabeth Moss deserved a best actor Emmy nomination just for that saucy walk down the halls of the new firm on Mad Men. But the slow clap is reserved for Jon Hamm closing out his iconic run as Don Draper.

So if you had to pit all the Emmy nominees against one another in a single contest, who acted the best in 2015? Vote up your favorites below and be sure to tune in to the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards!
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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Kevin Spacey age 57 - Best Actor in a Drama Series for House of Cards 

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Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Robin Wright age 51 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for House of Cards

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Tatiana Maslany is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Tatiana Maslany age 31 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black 

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Bob Odenkirk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Bob Odenkirk age 54 - Best Actor in a Drama Series for Better Call Saul 

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Jonathan Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Jonathan Banks age 70 - Supporting Actor, Drama Series for Better Call Saul 

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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Lena Headey age 43 - Supporting Actress, Drama Series for Game of Thrones

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus age 56 - Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep 

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Amy Poehler age 45 - Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Parks and Recreation

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Amy Schumer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Amy Schumer age 35 - Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Inside Amy Schumer 

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Emilia Clarke age 29 - Supporting Actress, Drama Series for Game of Thrones

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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Jeffrey Tambor age 72 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Transparent

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Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Elisabeth Moss age 34 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for Mad Men 

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
aria2000 added Jessica Lange age 67

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Taraji P. Henson age 46 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for Empire

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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Lisa Kudrow age 53 -  Best Actress in a Comedy Series for The Comeback 

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Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Mayim Bialik age 41 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory 

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Don Cheadle age 52 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for House of Lies

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Michael Kelly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Michael Kelly age 47 - Supporting Actor, Drama Series for House of Cards

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Louis C.K. age 49 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Louie

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Connie Britton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
aria2000 added Connie Britton age 50

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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Jon Hamm age 44 - Best Actor in a Drama Series for Mad Men

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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Lily Tomlin age 77 - Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Grace and Frankie

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Viola Davis age 51 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for How to Get Away with Murder

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Will Forte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Will Forte age 46 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Last Man on Earth 

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Edie Falco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Edie Falco age 53 -   Best Actress in a Comedy Series for  Nurse Jackie

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Uzo Aduba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Uzo Aduba Supporting Actress, Drama Series for Orange Is the New Black 

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Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Anna Chlumsky age 36 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Veep 

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Claire Danes age 37 - Best Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland

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William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
William H. Macy age 67 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Shameless

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Allison Janney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Allison Janney age 57 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Mom 

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Kate McKinnon age 33 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live

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Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Anthony Anderson age 46 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Black-ish

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Christina Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Christina Hendricks age 41 - Supporting Actress, Drama Series for Mad Men

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Julie Bowen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Julie Bowen age 47 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Modern Family 

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Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Joanne Froggatt age 36 - Supporting Actress, Drama Series for Downton Abbey

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Tony Hale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Tony Hale age 46 - Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for Veep 

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Jim Carter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Jim Carter age 68 - Supporting Actor, Drama Series for Downton Abbey 

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Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Adam Driver age 33 - Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for Girls

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Kyle Chandler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Kyle Chandler age 51 - Best Actor in a Drama Series for Bloodline

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Matt LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Matt LeBlanc age 49 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Episodes

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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Liev Schreiber age 49 - Best Actor in a Drama Series for Ray Donovan 

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Jane Krakowski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Jane Krakowski age 48 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Andre Braugher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Andre Braugher age 54 - Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Christine Baranski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Christine Baranski age 64 - Supporting Actress, Drama Series for The Good Wife

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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Ty Burrell age 49 - Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for Modern Family 

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Niecy Nash is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Niecy Nash age 47 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Getting On

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Tituss Burgess is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Tituss Burgess Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Alan Cumming age 52 - Supporting Actor, Drama Series for The Good Wife 

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Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Gaby Hoffmann age 35 - Supporting Actress, Comedy Series for Transparent

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Ben Mendelsohn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
Ben Mendelsohn age 46 - Supporting Actor, Drama Series for Bloodline