Best Actresses at the 2018 Emmy’s

Regina King

This is Kings fourth Emmy nomination and third win, all her previous nominations were for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work on the ABC anthology series, American Crime. The latest win however was Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, this time for her performance in the Netflix series Seven Seconds. This is a show about racial tensions in Jersey City after a teenage African American boy is injured by a white cop.

Merrit Wever

Wever is perhaps best known for her role in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie which she had previously been nominated for 2 awards, winning one of them. Her latest nomination however was for her role in the Netflix series, Godless, which she won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Here she plays Mary Agnes McNue, a tough leader of a female dominated town. In interviews she had previously doubted her performance, feeling she struggled with the role. These worries however were unfounded as critics applauded it and of course she has now been awarded for it.

Claire Foy

Claire Foy is something of an upcoming star. She has received praise for her performance as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall and recently starred in Steven Soderbergh’s latest film Unsane. Her most well known role however is surely that of Queen Elizabeth II in hit Netflix series The Crown and this year she received the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for it. This is her second nomination for the role with only 2 series having been aired to date. The Crown follows the life of the Queen and is the most watched show on Netflix as of this year.

Thandie Newton

This is Thandie Newton’s second Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination and first win for her role as Maeve Millay in HBO’s Westworld. Newtons career has seen her in major films such as Mission: Impossible 2, The Pursuit of Happiness and Crash for which she received a Bafta for her Performance. Here however she plays a sentient android in an out of control Wild West theme park.

Rachel Brosnahan

Winning an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the role of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel in the Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This is a series about a 1950s housewife who becomes a stand-up comic. This is Brosnahan’s second Emmy nomination, the first being one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 for her role as Rachel Posner in the Netflix Series House of Cards.

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein did very well this year and took home not one but two Emmy’s. The first was an award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for her work on FOX’s Family Guy series and the second being Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for the role Susie in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Borstein is likely best known for her voice work in Family Guy which has become immensely popular since its debut in 1998, though with the growing recognition of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel perhaps she will be as well known for her live action performances in the years to come.


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