By EW Staff
June 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
Ursula Coyote/AMC; Paul Sarkis/Showtime; Helen Sloan/HBO

This year EW is here to help with our first-ever For Your Consideration issue. We have curated the bajillion shows and performances (give or take a million) eligible for Emmy nominations to help voters select their top picks. Consider this a sneak peek into the nomination process and an early guide to the awards, which air Sept. 18 on ABC.

Lena Headey

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Headey delivered an Emmy moment with her very first scene of the sixth season as Cersei Lannister mourned the loss of her daughter, though we’d argue the actress has been knocking it out of the Red Keep for years. Be a shame, shame, shame if she fell short again.

Rhea Seehorn

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Bob Odenkirk has called season 2 the year of Rhea Seehorn, and he’s not alone. As Kim, Jimmy’s confidante and romantic interest, Seehorn played an ambitious lawyer entangled in a grifter’s world, trying to move Jimmy toward the straight and narrow while charting her own morally ambiguous course.

Uzo Aduba

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

In her sexual awakening this season (penning erotica that gets passed around among the inmates; gaining a new love interest), Aduba’s “Crazy Eyes” perfectly straddled the line between criminal and innocent. She already nabbed awards in 2014 and 2015 for her worthy performance, and to not get a nomination this year would be truly criminal. 

James Dittiger/Lifetime; JoJo Whilden/Netflix; Byron Cohen/ABC

Bellamy Young

Scandal (ABC)

Mellie may have left the White House, but she certainly wasn’t done flirting with the presidency. Young brought a new power and focus to Mellie as she forged ahead with a political career — from that epic (and successful!) filibuster to teaming with Olivia Pope as she campaigned for the Oval.

Maura Tierney

The Affair (Showtime)

Whether crashing her car or flirting with her son’s doctor, Tierney played cuckolded wife Helen with no judgment, as if her actions could be both reckless and freeing. Stealing attention from the leads, she reclaimed the story for a character who rarely gets the loudest voice in a marriage drama: the ex-wife.

Constance Zimmer

UnREAL (Lifetime)

Überproducer Quinn could easily have been a stereotype — the heartless boss more inter- ested in creating drama on her reality dating show than in handling actual reality — but Zimmer cut past her no-nonsense exterior, turning in a moving portrait of a woman on top who had everything to lose.