The biggest night in television is here! The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards show is about to roll out its red carpet and we can't wait to see who will take home the top awards. The Outstanding Lead Actress categories are among top honors of the night and while we're thankful that there are two separate genres—drama and comedy—the competition is fierce.
Will Claire Danes of Homeland win the drama category once again? Perhaps it's Michelle Dockery, and her starring turn as Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, that will earn her the win? Or maybe it'll be Kerry Washington who takes home the award for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal (above)?
In the comedy category, the talent is just as strong. Will Lena Dunham take home the award for her role as Hannah on Girls? Or will newbie Taylor Schilling receive the honor for her breakout role on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black?
We'll just have to wait and see! The show, which will be hosted by Late Night's Seth Meyers, will be broadcast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
To see all of the best actress nominees, click through the gallery.
1. Kerry Washington
This is Kerry Washington's second nomination for her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal.
2. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler has been nominated seven times for her role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation! Will this be her year?
3. Taylor Schilling
It's a big year for Taylor Schilling, as this is her first-ever Emmy nomination for her role as Piper Chapman on Orange Is the New Black!
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been nominated for a whopping 17 Emmys for her roles on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and now Veep. This year's nomination marks Louis-Dreyfus's fifth nomination for her role as Selina Meyer on the show.
5. Robin WrightThis is Robin Wright's second nomination for her role as Claire Underwood on House of Cards.
6. Michelle Dockery
Michelle Dockery has been nominated three times for her portrayal of Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey.
7. Edie Falco
After winning the award in 2010, Edie Falco was nominated four more times for her lead role on Nurse Jackie, making this Falco's fifth nomination.
8. Lena Dunham
For the third year in a row, Lena Dunham has been nominated for her role as Hannah on Girls.
9. Claire Danes
Claire Danes took home the award three of the four times she's been nominated, winning for her roles in Temple Grandin and Homeland, for which she is nominated again this year. If she takes home the statue in 2014, it will be her fourth consecutive win.
10. Melissa McCarthyThis will be funny girl Melissa McCarthy's fourth nomination-and perhaps second win!-for Mike & Molly.
11. Julianna Margulies
If Julianna Margulies brings home the award this year, it will be her second win for The Good Wife-though she's already brought home statues for her role on ER.
12. Lizzy CaplanFirst-time nominee Lizzy Caplan is nominated for her lead role as Virginia Johnson on Masters of Sex.