Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1955
Currently held by Sarah Paulson,
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016)
Official website http://www.emmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie is an award presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a television limited series or television movie for the primetime network season.

The award was first presented at the 7th Primetime Emmy Awards on March 7, 1955 to Judith Anderson for her performance as Lady Macbeth on the Hallmark Hall of Fame episode "Macbeth". It has undergone several name changes, with the category split into two categories at the 25th Primetime Emmy Awards—Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. By the 31st Primetime Emmy Awards, the categories were merged into one, and has since undergone several name changes, leading to its current title.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 52 actresses. Sarah Paulson is the current recipient of the award for her portrayal of Marcia Clark on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Helen Mirren has won the most awards in this category with four and has received the most nominated for the award on ten occasions, the most within the category.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Listed below are the winners of the award for each year, as well as the other nominees.

Table key
Indicates the winner
Judith Anderson was the first recipient of the award, winning for her single performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame episode "Macbeth" as Lady Macbeth. She would win again in this category for the same role in the television film adaptation of Macbeth.
Claire Trevor won in this category for her performance in Producers' Showcase episode "Dodsworth".
Mary Martin won the award for her role as Peter Pan in the Producers' Showcase episode "Peter Pan".
Julie Harris won twice for her performances in the Hallmark Hall of Fame episodes "Little Moon of Alban" and "Victoria Regina".
Kim Stanley won in 1963 for her role as Faith Parsons in the Ben Casey episode "A Cardinal Act of Mercy".
Shelley Winters won one out of two nominations for her performance in Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.
Geraldine Page won the award in 1967 and 1969 for her role as Sook in the ABC Stage 67 episode "Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory" and The Thanksgiving Visitor.
Glenda Jackson received two nominations for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth R, winning for the episode "The Shadow in the Sun".
Cloris Leachman won in 1973 for her performance as Victoria Douglas in A Brand New Life (1973).
Cicely Tyson won once out of four nominations for her portrayal of Jane Pittman in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974).
Katharine Hepburn received four nominations, winning in the Special Program – Drama or Comedy category for her role in Love Among the Ruins (1975).
Joanne Woodward won in 1978 and 1985 for her performances in See How She Runs and Do You Remember Love.
Bette Davis won in 1979 for her portrayal of Lucy Mason in Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979).
Patty Duke won in this category three times in the 1970s for her roles in My Sweet Charlie (1970), Captains and the Kings (1976) and The Miracle Worker (1979).
Ingrid Bergman won the award for her portrayal as Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda (1982).
Maggie Smith won the award in 2003 for her performance in My House in Umbria.
Meryl Streep won twice in this category for her roles on the 1978 miniseries Holocaust and the 2003 miniseries Angels in America.
Helen Mirren won the award four times, the most in this category, as well as receiving the most nominations at ten.
Jessica Lange won the award twice for her performances in Grey Gardens (2009) and American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014).
Claire Danes won in 2010 for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the eponymous film.
Laura Linney won the award three times for her roles on Wild Iris (2001), the 2008 miniseries John Adams and The Big C: Hereafter (2013).
Sarah Paulson won in 2016 for her performance as Marcia Clark in the miniseries The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1950s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Episode Network Ref.
19541955
(7th)
Judith Anderson Hallmark Hall of Fame Lady Macbeth "Macbeth" NBC [1]
Ethel Barrymore Climax! Mme. Rosalie La Grange "The Thirteenth Chair" CBS
Beverly Garland Medic Estelle Collins "White Is the Color" NBC
Ruth Hussey Lux Video Theater Harriet Craig "Craig's Wife" CBS
Dorothy McGuire Climax! Janet Spence "The Gioconda Smile"
Eve Marie Saint The Philco Television Playhouse Betty "Middle of the Night" NBC
Claire Trevor Lux Video Theater Ellen Creed "Ladies in Retirement" CBS
19551956
(8th)
Mary Martin Producers' Showcase Peter Pan "Peter Pan" NBC [2]
Julie Harris The United States Steel Hour Shevawn "A Wind from the South" CBS
Eva Marie Saint Producers' Showcase Emily "Our Town" NBC
Jessica Tandy The Wife "The Fourposter"
Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show Sadie "Christmas Stopover"
19561957
(9th)
Claire Trevor Producers' Showcase Fran Dodsworth "Dodsworth" NBC [3]
Edna Best Ford Star Jubilee Ethel Gibbons "This Happy Breed" CBS
Gracie Fields The United States Steel Hour Sarah Dowey "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals"
Nancy Kelly Studio One Sister M. Aquinas "The Pilot"
Evelyn Rudie Playhouse 90 Eloise "Eloise"
19571958
(10th)
Polly Bergen Playhouse 90 Helen Morgan "The Helen Morgan Story" CBS [4]
Julie Andrews Cinderella Cinderella N/A CBS
Helen Hayes The Alcoa Hour Mrs. Gilling "Mrs. Gilling and the Skyscraper" NBC
Piper Laurie Studio One Ruth Cornelius "The Deaf Heart" CBS
Teresa Wright Playhouse 90 Annie Sullivan "The Miracle Worker"
19581959
(11th)
Julie Harris Hallmark Hall of Fame Bridgid Mary "Little Moon of Alban" CBS [5]
Judith Anderson The DuPont Show of the Month Marquesa de Montemayor "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" CBS
Helen Hayes The United States Steel Hour Mother Seraphim "One Red Rose for Christmas"
Piper Laurie Playhouse 90 Kirsten Clay "Days of Wine and Roses"
Geraldine Page The Young Woman "The Old Man"
Maureen Stapleton Kraft Television Theatre Sadie Burke "All the Kings Men" NBC

1960s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Episode Network Ref.
19591960
(12th)
No Award
19601961
(16th)
Judith Anderson Hallmark Hall of Fame Lady Macbeth "Macbeth" NBC [6]
Ingrid Bergman Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life Clare Lester N/A CBS
Elizabeth Montgomery The Untouchables Rusty Heller "The Rusty Heller Story" NBC
19611962
(14th)
Julie Harris Hallmark Hall of Fame Queen Victoria "Victoria Regina" NBC [7]
Geraldine Brooks Bus Stop Katherine Barnes "Call Back Yesterday" ABC
Suzanne Pleshette Dr. Kildare Julie Lawler "Shining Image" NBC
Inger Stevens The Dick Powell Theatre Anna Beza "The Price of Tomatoes"
Ethel Waters Route 66 Jenny Henderson "Goodnight, Sweet Blues" CBS
19621963
(15th)
Kim Stanley Ben Casey Faith Parsons "A Cardinal Act of Mercy" ABC [8]
Diahann Carroll Naked City Ruby Jay "A Horse Has a Big Head, Let Him Worry" ABC
Diana Hyland Alcoa Premiere Liza Laurents "The Voice of Charlie Point"
Eleanor Parker The Eleventh Hour Connie Folson "Why Am I Grown So Cold?" NBC
Sylvia Sidney The Defenders Adela "The Madman" CBS
19631964
(16th)
Shelley Winters Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Jenny Dworak "Two is the Number" NBC [9]
Ruby Dee The Doctors and the Nurses Jenny Bishop "Express Stop from Lennox Avenue" CBS
Bethel Leslie The Richard Boone Show Ellen Dudley "Statement of Fact" NBC
Jeanette Nolan Jessie McCoony "Vote No on 11!"
Diana Sands East Side/West Side Ruth "Who Do You Kill?" CBS
19641965
(17th)
Lynn Fontanne Hallmark Hall of Fame Fanny Bowditch Holmes "The Magnificent Yankee" NBC [10]
19651966
(18th)
Simone Signoret Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Sara Lescault "A Small Rebellion" NBC [11]
Eartha Kitt I Spy Angel "The Loser" NBC
Margaret Leighton Dr. Kildare Chris Becker "A Life for a Life"
Shelley Winters Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Edith "Back to Back"
19661967
(19th)
Geraldine Page ABC Stage 67 Sook "Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory" ABC [12]
Shirley Booth CBS Playhouse Amanda Wingfield "The Glass Menagerie" CBS
Mildred Dunnock Death of a Salesman Linda Loman N/A
Lynn Fontanne Hallmark Hall of Fame Grand Duchess Marie "Anastasia" NBC
Julie Harris Anastasia
19671968
(20th)
Maureen Stapleton Among the Paths to Eden Mary O'Meaghan N/A ABC [13]
Judith Anderson Hallmark Hall of Fame Queen Elizabeth I "Elizabeth the Queen" NBC
Geneviève Bujold Joan of Arc "Saint Joan"
Colleen Dewhurst The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor N/A CBS
Anne Jackson CBS Playhouse Vivian Spears "Dear Friends
19681969
(21st)
Geraldine Page The Thanksgiving Visitor Sook N/A ABC [14]
Anne Baxter The Name of the Game Betty-Jean Currier "The Bobby Currier Story" NBC
Lee Grant Judd, for the Defense Kay Gould "The Gates of Cerberus" ABC

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network Ref.
19691970
(22nd)
Patty Duke My Sweet Charlie Marlene Chambers NBC [15]
Edith Evans David Copperfield Aunt Betsy Trotwood NBC
Shirley Jones Silent Night, Lonely Night Katherine Johnson
19701971
(23rd)
Lee Grant The Neon Ceiling Carrie Miller NBC [16]
Colleen Dewhurst Hallmark Hall of Fame Mrs. Franz NBC
Lee Grant Columbo Leslie Williams
19711972
(24th)
Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R Queen Elizabeth I PBS [17]
Helen Hayes Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate Sophie Tate Curtis ABC
Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R Queen Elizabeth I PBS
Patricia Neal The Waltons Olivia Walton CBS
Susannah York Jane Eyre Jane Eyre NBC
19721973
(25th)
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama/Comedy - Limited Episodes) [18]
Susan Hampshire Vanity Fair Becky Sharp PBS
Vivien Heilbron The Moonstone Rachel Verinder PBS
Margaret Tyzack Cousin Bette Bette
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Cloris Leachman A Brand New Life Victoria Douglas ABC
Lauren Bacall Applause Margo Channing CBS
Hope Lange That Certain Summer Janet Salter ABC
19731974
(26th)
Best Lead Actress in a Drama [19]
Cicely Tyson The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jane Pittman CBS
Carol Burnett 6 Rms Riv Vu Anne Miller CBS
Katharine Hepburn The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield ABC
Cloris Leachman The Migrants Viola Barlow CBS
Elizabeth Montgomery A Case of Rape Ellen Harrod PBS
Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series [20]
Mildred Natwick The Snoop Sisters Gwendolyn Snoop Nicholson NBC
Helen Hayes The Snoop Sisters Ernesta Snoop NBC
Lee Remick The Blue Knight Cassie Walters
19741975
(27th)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy [21]
Katharine Hepburn Love Among the Ruins Jessica Medlicott ABC
Jill Clayburgh Hustling Wanda ABC
Elizabeth Montgomery The Legend of Lizzie Borden Lizzie Borden
Diana Rigg In This House of Brede Philippa CBS
Maureen Stapleton Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Bea Asher
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Jessica Walter Amy Prentiss Amy Prentiss NBC
Susan Saint James McMillan & Wife Sally McMillan NBC
19751976
(28th)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy [22]
Susan Clark Babe Babe Didrikson Zaharias CBS
Jane Alexander Eleanor and Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt ABC
Colleen Dewhurst A Moon for the Misbegotten Josie Hogan
Sada Thompson The Entertainer Phoebe Rice NBC
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Rosemary Harris Notorious Woman George Sand PBS
Susan Blakely Rich Man, Poor Man Julie Prescott ABC
Jean Marsh Upstairs, Downstairs Rose PBS
Lee Remick Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Lady Randolph Churchill
19761977
(29th)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special Program – Drama or Comedy [23]
Sally Field Sybil Sybil NBC
Jane Alexander Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Eleanor Roosevelt ABC
Susan Clark Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart NBC
Julie Harris The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln PBS
Joanne Woodward Sybil Dr. Cornelia Wilbur NBC
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Patty Duke Captains and the Kings Bernadette Hennessy Armagh NBC
Dori Brenner Seventh Avenue Rhoda Gold Blackman NBC
Susan Flannery Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Margot Bracken PBS
Eva Marie Saint How the West Was Won Katherine Macaran ABC
Jane Seymour Captains and the Kings Marjorie Chisolm NBC
19771978
(30th)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special [24]
Joanne Woodward See How She Runs Betty Quinn CBS
Helen Hayes A Family Upside Down Emma Long NBC
Eva Marie Saint Taxi!!! Passenger
Maureen Stapleton The Gathering Kate ABC
Sada Thompson Our Town Mrs. Gibbs NBC
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Meryl Streep Holocaust Inga Helms-Weiss NBC
Rosemary Harris Holocaust Berta Palitz Weiss NBC
Elizabeth Montgomery The Awakening Land Sayward Luckett Wheeler
Lee Remick Wheels Erica Trenton
Cicely Tyson King Coretta Scott King
19781979
(31st)
Bette Davis Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Lucy Mason CBS [25]
Carol Burnett Friendly Fire Peg Mullen NBC
Olivia Cole Backstairs at the White House Maggie Rogers
Katharine Hepburn The Corn Is Green Miss Lily Moffat CBS
Mary Tyler Moore First, You Cry Betty Rollin

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network Ref.
19791980
(32nd)
Patty Duke The Miracle Worker Annie Sullivan NBC [26]
Bette Davis White Mama Adele Malone CBS
Melissa Gilbert The Miracle Worker Helen Keller NBC
Lee Remick Haywire Margaret Sullivan CBS
19801981
(33rd)
Vanessa Redgrave Playing for Time Fania Fénelon CBS [27]
Ellen Burstyn The People vs. Jean Harris Jean Harris NBC
Catherine Hicks Marilyn: The Untold Story Marilyn Monroe ABC
Yoko Shimada Shōgun Lady Toda Buntaro NBC
Joanne Woodward Crisis at Central High Elizabeth Huckaby CBS
19811982
(34th)
Ingrid Bergman A Woman Called Golda Golda Meir Syndicated [28]
Glenda Jackson The Patricia Neal Story Patricia Neal CBS
Ann Jillian Mae West Mae West ABC
Jean Stapleton Eleanor, First Lady of the World Eleanor Roosevelt CBS
Cicely Tyson Hallmark Hall of Fame
(Episode: "The Marva Collins Story")
Marva Collins
19821983
(35th)
Barbara Stanwyck The Thorn Birds
(Episode: "Part 1")
Mary Carson ABC [29]
Ann-Margret Who Will Love My Children? Lucile Fray ABC
Rosanna Arquette The Executioner's Song Nicole Baker NBC
Mariette Hartley M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Candy Lightner
Angela Lansbury Little Gloria... Happy at Last Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
19831984
(36th)
Jane Fonda The Dollmaker Gertie Nevels ABC [30]
Jane Alexander Calamity Jane Calamity Jane CBS
Ann-Margret A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois ABC
Glenn Close Something About Amelia Gail Bennett
JoBeth Williams Adam Reve Walsh NBC
19841985
(37th)
Joanne Woodward Do You Remember Love Barbara Wyatt-Hollis CBS [31]
Jane Alexander Malice in Wonderland Hedda Hopper CBS
Peggy Ashcroft The Jewel in the Crown Barbie Batchelor PBS
Farrah Fawcett The Burning Bed Francine Hughes NBC
Mary Tyler Moore Heartsounds Martha Weinman Lear ABC
19851986
(38th)
Marlo Thomas Nobody's Child Marie Balter CBS [32]
Katharine Hepburn Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry Margaret Delafield CBS
Vanessa Redgrave Second Serve Richard Radley and Renée Richards
Gena Rowlands An Early Frost Katherine Pierson NBC
Mare Winningham Love is Never Silent Margaret Ryder
19861987
(39th)
Gena Rowlands The Betty Ford Story Betty Ford ABC [33]
Ann-Margret The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Ann Arden Grenville NBC
Ellen Burstyn Pack of Lies Barbara Jackson CBS
Lee Remick Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder Frances Schrueder NBC
Alfre Woodard Unnatural Causes Maude DeVictor
19871988
(40th)
Jessica Tandy Do You Remember Love Annie Nations CBS [34]
Ann Jillian The Ann Jillian Story Herself NBC
Mary Tyler Moore Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Steenburgen The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Miep Gies CBS
JoBeth Williams Baby M Marybeth Whitehead ABC
19881989
(41st)
Holly Hunter Roe vs. Wade Ellen Russell NBC [35]
Anjelica Huston Lonesome Dove
(Episode: "Part III")
Clara Allen CBS
Diane Lane Lonesome Dove
(Episode: "Part IV")
Lorena Wood
Amy Madigan Roe vs. Wade Sarah Weddington NBC
Jane Seymour War and Remembrance
(Episode: "Part XI")
Natalie Henry ABC

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network Ref.
19891990
(42nd)
Barbara Hershey A Killing in a Small Town Candy Morrison CBS [36]
Farrah Fawcett Small Sacrifices Diane Downs ABC
Christine Lahti No Place Like Home Zan Cooper CBS
Annette O'Toole The Kennedys of Massachusetts Rose Kennedy ABC
Lesley Ann Warren Family of Spies Barbara Walker CBS
Alfre Woodard A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas NBC
19901991
(43rd)
Lynn Whitfield The Josephine Baker Story Josephine Baker HBO [37]
Glenn Close Sarah, Plain and Tall Sarah Wheaton CBS
Barbara Hershey Paris Trout Hanna Trout Showtime
Suzanne Pleshette Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley CBS
Lee Purcell Long Road Home Bessie Robertson NBC
19911992
(44th)
Gena Rowlands Face of a Stranger Pat CBS [38]
Anne Bancroft Mrs. Cage Mrs. Cage PBS
Meredith Baxter A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Betty Broderick CBS
Judy Davis One Against the Wind Mary Lindell
Laura Dern Afterburn Janet Harduvel HBO
19921993
(45th)
Holly Hunter The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway HBO [39]
Glenn Close Skylark Sarah Wheaton CBS
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect II DCI Jane Tennison PBS
Maggie Smith Suddenly, Last Summer Mrs. Venable
Joanne Woodward Blind Spot Nell Harrington CBS
19931994
(46th)
Kirstie Alley David's Mother Sally Goodson CBS [40]
Bette Midler Gypsy Mama Rose CBS
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect III DCI Jane Tennison PBS
Jessica Tandy To Dance with the White Dog Cora Peek CBS
Joanne Woodward Breathing Lessons Maggie Moran
19941995
(47th)
Glenn Close Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Margarethe Cammermeyer NBC [41]
Sally Field A Woman of Independent Means Bess Garner Steed NBC
Anjelica Huston Buffalo Girls Calamity Jane CBS
Diane Keaton Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Amelia Earhart TNT
Alfre Woodard The Piano Lesson Berniece Charles CBS
19951996
(48th)
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect IV: Scent of Darkness DCI Jane Tennison PBS [42]
Ashley Judd Norma Jean & Marilyn Norma Jean Dougherty HBO
Jessica Lange A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois CBS
Mira Sorvino Norma Jean & Marilyn Marilyn Monroe HBO
Sela Ward Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Jessica Savitch Lifetime
19961997
(49th)
Alfre Woodard Miss Evers' Boys Nurse Eunice Evers HBO [43]
Stockard Channing An Unexpected Family Barbara Whitney USA
Glenn Close In the Gloaming Janet HBO
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect V: Errors of Judgement DCI Jane Tennison PBS
Meryl Streep ...First Do No Harm Lori Reimuller ABC
19971998
(50th)
Ellen Barkin Before Women Had Wings Glory Marie ABC [44]
Jamie Lee Curtis Nicholas' Gift Maggie Green CBS
Judy Davis The Echo of Thunder Gladwyn
Olympia Dukakis More Tales of the City Anna Madrigal Showtime
Angelina Jolie Gia Gia Carangi HBO
Sigourney Weaver Snow White: A Tale of Terror Claudia Hoffman Showtime
19981999
(51st)
Helen Mirren The Passion of Ayn Rand Ayn Rand Showtime [45]
Ann-Margret Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story Pamela Harriman Lifetime
Stockard Channing The Baby Dance Rachel Luckman Showtime
Judy Davis Dash and Lilly Lillian Hellman A&E
Leelee Sobieski Joan of Arc Joan of Arc CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network Ref.
19992000
(52nd)
Halle Berry Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge HBO [46]
Judy Davis A Cooler Climate Paula Tanner Showtime
Sally Field Iris Prue
Holly Hunter Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid
Gena Rowlands The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Georgia Porter CBS
20002001
(53rd)
Judy Davis Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy Garland ABC [47]
Judi Dench The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Elizabeth Harman HBO
Holly Hunter When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King ABC
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Anne Frank: The Whole Story Anne Frank
Emma Thompson Wit Vivian Bearing HBO
20012002
(54th)
Laura Linney Wild Iris Iris Bravard Showtime [48]
Angela Bassett The Rosa Parks Story Rosa Parks CBS
Blythe Danner We Were the Mulvaneys Corinne Mulvaney Lifetime
Vanessa Redgrave The Gathering Storm Clementine Churchill HBO
Gena Rowlands Wild Iris Minnie Brinn Showtime
20022003
(55th)
Maggie Smith My House in Umbria Emily Delahunty HBO [49]
Thora Birch Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Liz Murray Lifetime
Helena Bonham Carter Live from Baghdad Ingrid Formanek HBO
Jessica Lange Normal Irma Applewood
Helen Mirren The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Karen Stone Showtime
20032004
(56th)
Meryl Streep Angels in America Hannah Pitt / Ethel Rosenberg / The Rabbi / The Angel Australia HBO [50]
Glenn Close The Lion in Winter Eleanor of Aquitaine Showtime
Judy Davis The Reagans Nancy Reagan
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect VI: The Last Witness DCI Jane Tennison PBS
Emma Thompson Angels in America Nurse Emily / Homeless Woman / The Angel America HBO
20042005
(57th)
S. Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Rachel "Nanny" Crosby HBO [51]
Halle Berry Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie Crawford ABC
Blythe Danner Back When We Were Grownups Rebecca Davitch CBS
Cynthia Nixon Warm Springs Eleanor Roosevelt HBO
Debra Winger Dawn Anna Dawn Anna Lifetime
20052006
(58th)
Helen Mirren Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I HBO [52]
Gillian Anderson Bleak House Lady Dedlock PBS
Kathy Bates Ambulance Girl Jane Stern Lifetime
Annette Bening Mrs. Harris Jean Harris HBO
Judy Davis A Little Thing Called Murder Sante Kimes Lifetime
20062007
(59th)
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect: The Final Act DCI Jane Tennison PBS [53]
Queen Latifah Life Support Ana Wallace HBO
Debra Messing The Starter Wife Molly Kagan USA
Mary-Louise Parker The Robber Bride Zenia Arden Oxygen
Gena Rowlands What If God Were the Sun? Melissa Eisenbloom Lifetime
20072008
(60th)
Laura Linney John Adams Abigail Adams HBO [54]
Judi Dench Cranford Miss Matty Jenkyns PBS
Catherine Keener An American Crime Gertrude Baniszewski Showtime
Phylicia Rashad A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger ABC
Susan Sarandon Bernard and Doris Doris Duke HBO
20082009
(61st)
Jessica Lange Grey Gardens Edith "Big Edie" Beale HBO [55]
Drew Barrymore Grey Gardens Edith "Little Edie" Beale HBO
Shirley MacLaine Coco Chanel Coco Chanel Lifetime
Sigourney Weaver Prayers for Bobby Mary Griffith
Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship Yvonne Caldwell Hallmark

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network Ref.
20092010
(62nd)
Claire Danes Temple Grandin Temple Grandin HBO [56]
Joan Allen Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O’Keeffe Lifetime
Hope Davis The Special Relationship Hillary Clinton HBO
Judi Dench Return to Cranford Matty Jenkyns PBS
Maggie Smith Capturing Mary Mary Gilbert HBO
20102011
(63rd)
Kate Winslet Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce HBO [57]
Taraji P. Henson Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin Lifetime
Diane Lane Cinema Verite Pat Loud HBO
Jean Marsh Upstairs, Downstairs Rose Buck PBS
Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey Cora, Countess of Grantham
20112012
(64th)
Julianne Moore Game Change Sarah Palin HBO [58]
Connie Britton American Horror Story Vivien Harmon FX
Ashley Judd Missing Rebecca Winstone ABC
Nicole Kidman Hemingway & Gellhorn Martha Gellhorn HBO
Emma Thompson The Song of Lunch She PBS
20122013
(65th)
Laura Linney The Big C: Hereafter Cathy Jamison Showtime [59]
Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Asylum Sister Jude Martin FX
Helen Mirren Phil Spector Linda Kenney Baden HBO
Elisabeth Moss Top of the Lake Det. Robin Griffin SundanceTV
Sigourney Weaver Political Animals Elaine Barrish USA
20132014
(66th)
Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Coven Fiona Goode FX [60]
Helena Bonham Carter Burton & Taylor Elizabeth Taylor BBC USA
Minnie Driver Return to Zero Maggie Royal Lifetime
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Coven Cordelia Foxx FX
Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts Lifetime
Kristen Wiig The Spoils of Babylon Cynthia Morehouse IFC
20142015
(67th)
Frances McDormand Olive Kitteridge Olive Kitteridge HBO [61]
Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honourable Woman Nessa Stein SundanceTV
Felicity Huffman American Crime Barbara Hanlon ABC
Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Freak Show Elsa Mars FX
Queen Latifah Bessie Bessie Smith HBO
Emma Thompson Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Mrs. Lovett PBS
20152016
(68th)
Sarah Paulson The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Marcia Clark FX [62]
Kirsten Dunst Fargo Peggy Blumquist FX
Felicity Huffman American Crime Leslie Graham ABC
Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Billie Holiday HBO
Lili Taylor American Crime Anne Blaine ABC
Kerry Washington Confirmation Anita Hill HBO

Superlatives[edit]

Multiple awards[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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