Monday, July 10, 2017

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 13th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Ellie Kemper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laurie Metcalf, Tracee Ellis Ross, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin

The competition: Two of last year’s nominees won’t be back this year: Metcalf’s show ended, and Schumer’s didn’t air this season. Count on five-time consecutive champion Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), who hasn’t let anyone else win in this category since her show started, to come back and likely win again. I’d also say that the other three - Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) – are likely to return, in that order. Allison Janney (Mom) won twice in the supporting race, and the last time she moved from that category to this one on the drama side of things, for “The West Wing,” she scored, so it’s probable that she’ll be nominated here unless voters have grown tired of her show. For the sixth slot, assuming last year’s four come back, I think it’s a battle between the Golden Globe-nominated stars of two new HBO shows, one who has never been nominated, Issa Rae (Insecure), and another who has been nominated and won before for a previous role, Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce). Other freshman contenders include Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet), Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Minnie Driver (Speechless), Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). A few returning series have stars who might be nominated for the first time, like Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), and Aya Cash (You’re the Worst).

The predicted nominees: Janney, Kemper, Louis-Dreyfus, Rae, Ross, Tomlin

The predicted winner: Louis-Dreyfus

Next up: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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