Emmy Analysis- Best Comedy Actress in a Leading Role

In this next article analysing the state of the Emmy race, I’m going to look at the major category that I am struggling most with: Best Comedy Actress. I have a clear idea for who I think will win but as far as nominees are concerned, I’m on the fence between candidates, as there are at least 12 genuine contenders that have a real shot at a nomination. This is especially tricky as 7 of those weren’t eligible last year, so there pretty much has to be at least one first time nominee for their current shows, and I am currently predicting there to be 3.

Last Year’s Nominees: Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Nominees: Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black).

This Year’s Predicted Nominees (as of 23/6/15): Predicted Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Predicted Nominees: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer).

Changes: Gina Rodriguez in for Lena Dunham (Still in Contention), Ellie Kemper in for Melissa McCarthy (Still in Contention), Amy Schumer in for Taylor Schilling (In Contention for Best Drama Actress).

Awards Pedigree of Predicted Nominees from Current Shows: Julia Louis-Dreyfus- 3 Emmy Nominations (3 Wins), 3 Golden Globe Nominations (0 Wins), 2 SAG Nominations (1 Win). Amy Poehler- 5 Emmy Nominations (0 Wins), 3 Golden Globe Nominations (1 Win), 2 SAG Nominations (0 Wins). Gina Rodriguez- First Season in Emmy Contention, 1 Golden Globe Nomination (1 Win), 0 SAG Nominations. Ellie Kemper- First Season in Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Contention. Edie Falco- 5 Emmy Nominations (1 Win), 3 Golden Globe Nominations (0 Wins), 6 SAG Nominations. Amy Schumer- 0 Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Nominations.

Also in Contention: 7. Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie- First Season in Contention), 8. Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback – 1 Nomination, 0 Wins), 9. Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie- First Season in Contention), 10. Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat- First Season in Contention), 11. Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly- 3 Nominations, 1 Win), 12. Lena Dunham (Girls- 3 Nominations, 0 Wins).

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