Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, ‘Parks and Recreation’)
The man, the myth, the legend that is Ron Swanson owes all his food and most of his stuff to Nick Offerman. The actor, who was classically trained in dramatic acting, has created a character who is not only revered, but the inspiration for a lifestyle some call “What Would Ron Swanson Do?” How does he not have all the Emmys?
Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore, ‘Gilmore Girls’)
Lorelei Gilmore was so much more than the WB drama’s fast-talking mom with an immunity to cheap Chinese food indigestion and caffeine overdoses. She was a character who demanded a great deal of tenacity and heart with a hefty helping of natural comedic timing, and Graham carried her flawlessly for seven years. How she managed to get through it without an Emmy is mind-boggling.