Review: Tatiana Maslany Finally Lands A Lead Actress Nom For 'Orphan Black'

Maslany faces off this season in the category against Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Claire Danes, Robin Wright and Elisabeth Moss. In the last year, she has logged a TV drama actress nod at both the Golden Globes and SAG. The Critics Choice TV Awards have been ahead of the curve, giving her back-to-back best actress trophies in 2013 and 2014.

At last year’s Comic-Con for Orphan Black, what was immediately apparent was that the BBC America series hit a nerve with a number of teenagers and young twentysomething; people who felt lost, misidentified or out of place in their lives. It wasn’t uncommon at that session to see a young girl completely breaking down before Maslany and the creators at the mic, expressing how moved they were by the show.

Maslany told Deadline today about Orphan Black‘s positive impact, "The clones are outsiders who don’t fit in society. That makes for interesting television, and for people who are on the fringe of society, they’re very relatable characters. The clones aren’t cookie-cutter. They’re complex and difficult people. The show’s fans have never seen themselves reflected on TV and they’re encouraged to be themselves."

When the conversation turned to Caitlyn Jenner in the news, Maslany praised her bravery as well as Laverne Cox’s amazing strides in getting the conversation about transgenders and transvestites out in the open. "This will become more un-special and it will become part of the fabric of our stories and moviemaking," said Maslany.