ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Unless you've been in hiding from the proletheans, you'll know that last night was the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards — a chance to honor the outstanding work put into some of television's biggest shows. From Game of Thrones to Stranger Things, this year has been absolutely stellar for TV, but one actress in particular has stood out head-and-shoulders above the rest. Tatiana Maslany has given us four seasons of incredible performances on Orphan Black; now, she has finally walked away with the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning in 'Orphan Black' Image: BBC America
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning in 'Orphan Black' Image: BBC America

Fans of Orphan Black will know how deserved this win is. Since 2012, Maslany has starred as Sarah Manning, and Helena, and Allison Hendrix, and Cosima Niehaus, and... you get the idea. Orphan Black is a series about clones; a dark and twisted web of underground corporations and crazy science, and Maslany has played a mind-bending 11 characters/clones throughout the four seasons of the show — so far. Each clone has their own personality, flaws, ideals and storylines — oh and they all interact with each other. In addition to this, Tatiana is also been listed as a producer on the show. While the first season was airing, The Guardian commented on Tatiana's "Olympic-level" acting abilities:

This is Olympic-level, endurance acting. It's like watching a long-distance runner do several races all at once. It's always clear which clone she's playing – accent, attitude and body language, along with wardrobe and makeup conspire to create Maslany's collection of characters.

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Why Hasn't She Won Before?

While Maslany has been singled out by fans and critics alike for her insane ability to perform each character to perfection, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (who award the Emmys) hadn't taken much notice until last year, when she was nominated for the same award, but lost out to Viola Davis. While BBC America doesn't hold as much clout as HBO or Netflix, it's still about time that the Academy took notice of this education in acting.

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning & Cosima Niehaus. Image: BBC America
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning & Cosima Niehaus. Image: BBC America

That's not to say her work hasn't been praised at all: she's won two Critics' Choice Television Awards, and was nominated for a Golden Globe — but this Emmy win finally feels like the incredible hard work she puts into the show is finally paying off. This is especially true when you see that she was up against such powerhouses as Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) and Robyn Wright (House of Cards) — who she lost the Golden Globe to in 2015.

In her acceptance speech, Maslany thanked the cast and crew, and praised the show for putting a story about women front and center. Her co-stars, fans and peers couldn't be happier with her win, and have taken to Twitter to sing her praises:

This year's Emmys saw a record-breaking number of wins for HBO's Game of Thrones and FX's The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Rami Malek scored the gong for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his incredible work in USA's Mr. Robot, while SNL's Kat McKinnon and American Crime Story's Sarah Paulson also clinched an award each.

If you haven't caught up on the last four seasons, now's your chance. Orphan Black is set to return in 2017, but Season 5 will mark the final season of the show — and while I'll miss it dearly, it's probably for the best so that Tatiana has a chance to piece herself back together again.

Are you please Tatiana Maslany won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress?

Source: Vulture, The Verge. Image courtesy of BBC America.


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