Murderers’ Row: The Greatest Emmy Awards Lineups Ever

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Best Actress in a Drama, 1999

Best Actress in a Drama, 1999

The Lineup: Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos), Edie Falco (The Sopranos - winner), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope), Julianna Margulies (ER)

The Venn diagram overlap between the New Golden Age of TV Drama and the genre's Nineties heyday was slim, but man, what a glorious year it was. Carmela Soprano and Dr. Jennifer Melfi competing with Agent Dana Scully and Nurse Carol Hathaway, with Christine Lahti's less remembered but never less than dynamic work on Chicago Hope riding shotgun? For one brief shining moment, new-wave upstarts and old-guard icons were on equal footing.

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