2016 Golden Globes: Ellie Kemper, Emma Roberts, Constance Wu compete for Comedy Actress prize

The 2016 Golden Globes may not air until January, but if you have been reading CarterMatt for some time now, you’ll know that we are already doing our part to hype up the voting period before nominations are announced on December 10. We’re not a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press, but if we were, this article series would be our ballot.

Today, we’re focusing on the Actress in a Comedy Series category, and presenting five ladies we feel are genuinely worthy of the honor. Take a look at our picks below, and then vote in the poll with your own choice for top contender! We’ll announce all of our poll winners the day before the nominations, on December 9 at noon Pacific time.

Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix) – A star of a new but very funny show on the rise: It’s the sort of thing that the Globes love. Kemper is ridiculously funny as the perpetually-optimistic Kimmy. The only thing really standing in the way of her getting a nod right now is timing, given that it aired earlier in the year and it may be easier to forget about than some of the rest of the competition.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO) – She is the unquestioned favorite, and it is hard to come up with any argument to the contrary. Her show is fantastic, she is ridiculously biting / funny, and critics continually eat out of the palm of her hand. The one thing standing in her way? The Globes are a show that really does love to award some of the underdogs.

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC) – It’s the last year that she can be nominated, but at least we feel slightly better if she doesn’t win here thanks to her having won the category before. It’s not like the Emmys where she could end up being completely forgotten for the brilliant, heartfelt role of Leslie Knope. (Still, we want another nomination!)

Emma Roberts, “Scream Queens” (Fox) – We wish that more people were watching “Scream Queens,” mostly because it is a wonderfully nutty show and because Ryan Murphy, as per usual, gives his performers a great deal of room to shine. Emma’s character is biting, satiric, and extremely memorable, and we say this knowing that there is enormous cast. We don’t know where this series would be without her Chanel, and really it hurts us to even imagine that such a universe could exist.

Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC) – Probably the biggest snub on the Emmy ballot earlier this summer in this category. Wu is a critical favorite but an unsung hero everywhere else. Admittedly, she’s not someone we were as familiar with going into this show, but she steals just about every scene that she is a part of. She brings “Fresh Off the Boat” to another level.

Honorable mentions – Anna Faris, “Mom” (CBS), Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox), Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project” (Hulu),  Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (The CW), Emmy Rossum, “Shameless” (Showtime).

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