Nominated for: Her outstanding performance in a lead role in Homeland.
Why we love her: She swept award season for her standout role in Homeland, and while we've come a long way since My So-Called Life and Romeo + Juliet (it's hard to believe it's been almost 17 years since her onscreen romance with Leo), she's remained just as cool and unassuming. Moreover, Claire has proven to be a consistent arbiter of sleek, minimalist style with a fun flair for romantic details. Her penchant for wearing Narciso Rodriguez and J. Mendel are unmatched, and the evidence is in her countless appearances in the designers' creations. The cherry on top? She still has the ability to surprise us — like she did with this red-hot Versace number (and the bombshell waves to match!) at this year's Golden Globes.