Emmy season is upon us! Voters have until June 26 to fill out their nomination ballots before the big announcement on July 16. We have a few selections in mind ourselves. Up next: our wish list for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Keri Russell, The Americans
Elizabeth masks much of her vulnerability, which Russell has played with steely ruthlessness. In Season 3, though, she chipped some of that robotic armor away in “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”, thanks to the wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time Betty. The doomed old lady knew the right buttons to push, forcing Elizabeth to think twice about her resolute belief in the cause. “That’s what evil people tell themselves when they do evil things,” Betty says. The mix of confusion, doubt and sadness in Russell’s face, as she watched a woman she forced to kill herself, is utter perfection.