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See the actresses TVGuide.com users picked as the best of the year

Shaun Harrison
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1 of 10 Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy

Our users can't get enough of Pompeo, whose Meredith Grey displayed an inspiring strength this year, even usurping Bailey's former intimidating role as Seattle Grace’s Nazi to become "Medusa." Tough love is still love.
2 of 10 ABC

Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time

Once's second season reunited Goodwin's character with her long-lost daughter, but the happy reunion didn't last long. As Snow White fights for her family's happy ending against magic and curses, our readers fought for Goodwin, earning her a spot in the top 10.
3 of 10 Michael Parmelee/NBC

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU

In 2012, Hargitay's Olivia Benson entered unfamiliar territory: a relationship. It may not have worked out, but the experience opened Benson up to the possibility of another in the future and gave Hargitay new notes she hadn't had the chance to play previously in the show's long history.
4 of 10 Jack Rowand/ABC

Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time

Parrilla more than lives up to her name as the Evil Queen, but she also somehow makes her Storybrooke counterpart Regina sympathetic. Perhaps it's some kind of magic trick, but our readers are happily under Parrilla's spell.
5 of 10 Richard Foreman/ABC

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Our readers love Scandal, and Washington's Olivia Pope is the fierce figure at its center. Whether she's fighting for her clients or wrestling with her complicated past with President Fitz, Washington clearly strikes a nerve with TVGuide.com users.
6 of 10 ABC

Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy

While we're used to seeing Oh dealing with tears and trauma on Grey's Anatomy, this year the actress showed us a softer side of her Cristina Yang as she fought for her Minnesota mentor and her crumbling marriage to Owen. The new shades to her character earned Oh a spot in our users' top 5.
7 of 10 Cliff Lipson/CBSD

Cote de Pablo, NCIS

TV's most-watched show clearly has legions of fans, and they threw their support behind de Pablo, who further deepened her connection with colleague Tony Dinozzo this season. Will "Tiva" ever happen? Who knows, but our users seem to enjoy watching de Pablo as that back-and-forth dance continues.
8 of 10 Greg Gayne/Fox

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Deschanel continued to win over users with her adorkable portrayal of Jess, who grew leaps and bounds this year from not being able to say "penis" to her first attempt at a purely sexual relationship. It's been a bumpy ride, but in Deschanel's hands, it's also been charming and hilarious.
9 of 10 ABC

Stana Katic, Castle

Katic's emotional portrayal of a vengeance- and justice-seeking Kate Beckett has long been one of Castle's dramatic anchors. But now that Castle and Beckett are a couple, Katic is also having lots of flirty fun. Clearly, it's a balance our users find irresistible.
10 of 10 Patrick McElhenney/Fox

Emily Deschanel, Bones

After seven seasons, Deschanel is still finding new sides of Dr. Temperance Brennan, who now as a mother is constantly forced to question her scientific (and sometimes cold) approach to life. Our users still enjoy watching Brennan's journey, and they've named Deschanel the top TV actress of 2012!