Thursday, August 27, 2015

Emmy Predictions 2015: Who Will and Should Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series?

The nominations have been announced for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving my predictions for who will win and who should win in several of the major categories.

Next up is Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

My Predictions for Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
  1. Amy Poehler in NBC's Parks and Recreation - "One Last Ride": Leslie Knope is a fantastic comedic creation that Poehler played with so much love and humor across seven seasons. She has been deserving for the last few years and has never won. This is her last shot. She deserves this more than anyone else.
  2. Amy Schumer in Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer - "Cool With It": Schumer needs to win something this year for putting together one of the best episodes anywhere of the entire year in "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer." That's not her episode here. But she is still very deserving to win an Emmy this year.
  3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO's Veep - "Election Night": Louis-Dreyfus was given even more to do this season as Selina Meyer rose to the office of President of the United States. She had more responsibility than ever before - which led to some great comedic hijinks. She is totally worthy of winning for the fourth year in a row.
  4. Edie Falco in Showtime's Nurse Jackie - "I Say a Little Prayer": I never got into Nurse Jackie. But I have to think the series finale gave her a lot to do. She's a previous winner. Why can't she win again?
  5. Lisa Kudrow in HBO's The Comeback - "Valerie is Taken Seriously": If she submitted the finale, I probably would have her higher on this list. Her episode was less memorable though which doesn't bode well in this race.
  6. Lily Tomlin in Netflix's Grace and Frankie - "The Vows": Tomlin's show is one that has slipped through the cracks for me over the past few months. There is just so much TV. I can't watch everything. I'll probably get to it sometime. But not before finishing this post.

My Predictions for Who Will Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
  1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO's Veep - "Election Night": For the past three years, she has been victorious in this race. That makes her a frontrunner once again. The show still does well amongst voters too. There really isn't fatigue. Her episode is strong. She could easily win again and it would be hard to argue against.
  2. Amy Poehler in NBC's Parks and Recreation - "One Last Ride": The series finale of the beloved comedy offers her a tad bit more screen time than her competitors. It is an hour episode while everyone else is around a half hour. However, the finale probably wasn't her best episode of the season. She's had winning tapes in the past and has always lost. Will sentimentality finally win out because of the new voting rules?
  3. Amy Schumer in Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer - "Cool With It": She has been a breakout star of the year. Her show continued to push boundaries in interesting ways and she has remained in the cultural conversation over the summer with Trainwreck and the news breaking of her doing a movie with Jennifer Lawrence. She could easily be the type of rising star that the Emmys reward before they absolutely break big.
  4. Lisa Kudrow in HBO's The Comeback - "Valerie is Taken Seriously": She is another dark horse contender for the top prize. Everyone assumed she would submit the finale as her episode though - the one where her character actually goes to the Emmys and wins! She didn't do that however. May that cost her?
  5. Lily Tomlin in Netflix's Grace and Frankie - "The Vows": She is a veteran with the Emmys. Voters love her. That's why she got into this highly competitive field. The show doesn't seem like something that would earn her a win though.
  6. Edie Falco in Showtime's Nurse Jackie - "I Say a Little Prayer": Voters aren't afraid to nominate her and give her the trophy no matter what the category. This is the last time she can win for this role. But there's just no urgency for her to win again.

Do you agree or disagree with my reasonings? Who do you think should and will win in this category? Speculate below in the comments!