Why Lena Dunham Deserves the Emmy for Girls

08/24/2014 AT 06:25 PM EDT



Her show is certainly polarizing, and she has the public just as torn. But the girl has guts, and the Emmys have recognized that. (She's nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, her third straight nod.)

Girls season 3 saw Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath go through a series of career crises – (spoilers) losing her ebook deal, fired from a job at GQ – and some personal problems with her three besties and boyfriend Adam. Though often criticized as self-centered (which she still was this season), she was also dealt a few harsh reality checks, losing her grandmother and making an important decision about her future.

Hannah is the glue that holds Girls together, and despite her more grating moments, watching her develop as a character, and a person, has been quite the ride.



The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET

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