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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
age 56
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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
age 37
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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
age 55
 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?
age 43
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?
age 54
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?
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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?
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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 age 51
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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Emmy Nominee Gave the Single Best Performance in 2015?
age 47
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?
age 76
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?
age 53
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?
age 48
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?
age 55
 Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Nurse Jackie