The Huddle: Favorite Actress in a Queer Role

This week, we asked for your nominations for our March Madness poll, Best Actress in a Queer Role. Writers, who did you nominate?

Grace Chu: Are the Lauren/Bo fanatics still around? I’m nominating whoever plays them because any other nominees for any other show in the past two years have lost. If you can’t beat them, join them.


Dana Piccoli: Eliza Taylor is absolutely slaying it this season as Clarke Griffin on The 100. She’s getting so much good material to work with too, and the show has seriously brought it this season.


Valerie Anne: Tatiana Maslany (I know, I know, contain your surprise) because not only is she a phenomenal actress, but she’s an outstanding LGBT ally, always. Cosima’s story is important to her, and while she knows her sexuality isn’t the most interesting thing about her, she also doesn’t take it lightly.  


Chloe: Kate McKinnon as Ellen, everyone. 


Daniela Costa: Sarah Shahi because I’ve loved her in all her queer roles and am secretly hoping she reads this and won’t let this Nancy Drew business get in the way of her playing Shaw should Person of Interest get another season beyond this next one.


Lucy Hallowell: Samira Wiley because she’s a queer actress in a queer role and Poussey is, in a tie with Suzanne, the best character on OITNB.


Bridget McManus: My pick is Sarah Paulson in Carol. Sarah played Carol’s best friend and former lover like the ultimate supportive ex. She should teach an acting class on subtly and needs to win ALL the Emmys for her portrayal of Marcia Clark in The People vs OJ Simpson
Trish Bendix: I also choose Sarah P but for Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum. Dark as hell, but she nailed it.
Erin Faith Wilson: Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black, mainly because I love her sarcasm and her overall badass demeanor. 
Lianna Carrera: Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter, because of the look she made on her face when she was doing something wrong but it felt so right. She showed the inner conflict of going after what one wants and knowing there’s so much on the line. It was really a human portrayal of conflict. And she’s hot.
Who did you nominate? Think they will make it to the bracket? Find out on Monday! (Hint: At least half of the women mentioned above made the cut.)