TV Fanatic Awards: Best Actress in a Drama, Round 1!

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From a high school guidance counselor dealing with a football-obsessed town in Texas, to a lawyer juggling never-ending obstacles in her personal and professional life, the small screen was filled with outstanding performances by leading actresses in a drama over the course of the last year.

But which was the best?

Best Actress in a Drama

That's what we're asking in this TV Fanatic Award category. Just as we did for Best Actor - vote between those finalists HERE - we're breaking up the nominees into two rounds.

Decide between these five now, and then return tomorrow for the next quintet. Later this week, we'll square off the leading vote-getters...

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.