Vera Farmiga may be an underdog in this year's race, but anyone who caught her performance on Bates Motel knows she's a force to be reckoned with. She pulls off Norma's manic yet calculated personality with such ease that it would be a travesty for her to go home empty handed, though with competitors like Claire Danes, Robin Wright, and Elisabeth Moss in her category, there's a good chance she might. Farmiga is an Oscar nominee, but this is her very first Emmy nod, for a show that hasn't quite gained traction yet. Here's to hoping the voters took note of some of her crazy intense scenes this season.
— Maggie Pehanick, assistant editor