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Katheryn Winnick, 'Vikings'
Nomination Status: She makes my Top 6. Emmy voters will not agree.
In Her Favor: It's probably enough that Katheryn Winnick is as FIERCE as she is. Lagertha is a warrior and Winnick is never anything less than convincing. But in the second season, Michael Hirst gave Lagertha a great arc that was like no woman-scorned narrative you've ever seen on TV. Hirst and Winnick have consistently protected Lagertha and prevented her from ever becoming compromised and it's no wonder "Vikings" fans love her.
Working Against Her: I think that if "Vikings" ever breaks out of the tech-only nomination ghetto, Winnick would be the first actor to get nominated and that this is a field she realistically should be able to stand out in. However, this just isn't a show that's likely to get past tech nominations.