The Best Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy category is one that has been fairly strong over the course of the past several years, and in what is likely not surprising news to anyone at all out there, you can say the same thing about the field this time around. You’ve got a lot of strong contenders and super-funny people on the list; some are very familiar to this category, whereas there are also some who are trying to snag an award for the first time here.
So who is the most likely to walk away with some gold? That’s what we do want to try and figure out in the latest edition of our Emmy poll series below.
Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Laurie Metcalf, “Getting On” (HBO)
Tracee Elliss Ross, “black-ish” (ABC)
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
Analyzing the field – This one could be fairly unpredictable. We do think most of the nominees are in the running to a certain degree, but at the same time we’re not going to sit here and beat the drum thinking that Metcalf in particular has a great shot. Her show had few episodes, and also a relatively small viewership to go along with it.
Who should win – To us, this is all about Tracee Ellis Ross delivering a wonderful performance on a show that, for our money, is still under-appreciated. It’s incredibly funny for sure, but at the same time it also captures a spirit and relevancy few others do. It makes you think and cause conversations without ever being weighty, and Ellis’ performance alongside Anthony Anderson is one of the primary reasons this works.
Who will win – As of right now, we’re putting most of our stock in Schumer getting it, largely because Emmys love star power and because after so many years of dominance, maybe there’s a sentiment that Louis-Dreyfus (still arguably in the #2 spot) already has enough hardware. At this point, don’t you want to spread a little bit of the love around?