…Lena Headey for her depiction of Cersei Lannister, who had quite the explosive year.
Headey was front and center throughout much of Season 6—she received just over 30% of the vote, establishing a comfortable margin of victory over the next closest candidate, Emilia Clarke. Commenter JMP* perhaps said it best:
Lena kills it as Cersei for me and always has. One of the best character portrayals by any actor in any series.
Has to be Lena. Best of all the cast this season. Lena, then Natalie and Sophie
And Tim Stark brought it home.
Lena Headey hands down. She has been the best actress on this show since day one.
I love the Starks girls, buts let’s be honest…Cersei is the Queen.
Plenty of you also put your weight behind Headey, as did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as she was the only Game of Thrones cast member to be nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe.
Natalie Dormer, who played Cersei’s rival Margaery Tyrell, was also a popular choice. DarkStark dug into the why of it.
She was blessed with Margaery at her most subtle and most precarious, always one step ahead of everyone but her Nan, until a desperate Cersei jumped the shark and took down her enemies in one fell swoop….I’ll miss Margaery; it would have been interesting to have her not go to the sept and survive as Tommen’s widow. But alas, we’re running out of episodes so she had to go.
The Stark sisters each had strong showings in the polls, with Sophie Turner (Sansa) having a slight edge over Maisie Williams (Arya). Naturally, commenter TeamSansa was all for Turner.
#teamsansa all the way!! Turner is amazing!!! She is the ice queen to Danny’s queen of fire 🔥
Carice van Hounten (Melisandre) got some love, too. Because I like when people agree with me, here’re Gal’s thoughts on the matter:
Carice van Houten’s performance was genius, and she has the hardest role on the show to play.
Davos 4 King didn’t vote for van Houten, but gave her points for channeling the books so well.
Honorable mention to Carise if there’s been one character from the show that is a near perfect interpretation from books to show its Melisandre for me both in appearance and action. So she definitely deserves much praise for that.
And Monz reflected on what a good job van Houten has done taking us on her journey.
Carice is my choice hands down. She went from playing a character to be hated for her despicable and incomprehensible actions to someone who could almost be forgiven and sympathized with for making the wrong decision. A MAJOR wrong decision, but I could feel that she felt truly sorry for what she did, but at the same time sticking to her guns as to why she did it. She’s got the onion acting spot on!
Congratulations to everybody on the poll, and to Lena Headey in particular. We’re pulling for you at the Golden Globes!
Incidentally, the title of Best Supporting Actress went to Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont, because duh.