Thursday, June 20, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting is taking place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

2018 Nominees:
        Pamela Adlon for FX's Better Things
        Rachel Brosnahan for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (WINNER)
        Allison Janney for CBS' Mom
        Issa Rae for HBO's Insecure
        Tracee Ellis Ross for ABC's Black-ish
        Lily Tomlin for Netflix's Grace and Frankie

This may actually be the most competitive category at the Emmys this year. Sure, deciding on who may ultimately win in some of the fields will likely be even more competitive. However, this field is absolutely stacked with talent with many legitimate shots at earning nominations. All six actresses from last year are once again eligible. They are all incredible talents who deserve such recognition as well. More importantly though, Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes her triumphant return to the category for the final season of Veep. She took last year off. Before that though, she was on a six season winning streak. That could easily build to a memorable conclusion for her once again winning the prize. However, there were many breakout new comedies that are eligible for the first time here. Those strong newcomers could also push out some of the more notable veterans of the category. Louis-Dreyfus and Rachel Brosnahan may be the only contenders who seem like locks at the moment. That's startling. It could signal a turning of the tides in this category. Or it could also show just how strong the support remains for some of the legends of this field if they still get nominations.

So now, here are the actors most likely to be nominated:
  1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus for HBO's Veep
  2. Rachel Brosnahan for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  3. Pamela Adlon for FX's Better Things
  4. Natasha Lyonne for Netflix's Russian Doll
  5. Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Amazon's Fleabag
  6. Allison Janney for CBS' Mom
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  2. Issa Rae for HBO's Insecure
  3. Tracee Ellis Ross for ABC's Black-ish
  4. Kristen Bell for NBC's The Good Place
  5. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini for Netflix's Dead to Me
  6. Alison Brie for Netflix's GLOW
  7. Maya Rudolph for Amazon's Forever
  8. Aidy Bryant for Hulu's Shrill
  9. Catherine O'Hara for Pop's Schitt's Creek
  10. Regina Hall for Showtime's Black Monday
  11. Sharon Horgan for Amazon's Catastrophe
  12. Sara Gilbert for ABC's The Conners
  13. Tiffany Haddish for TBS' The Last O.G.
  14. Debra Messing for NBC's Will & Grace
  15. Ellie Kemper for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  16. Heléne Yorke for Comedy Central's The Other Two
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. Candice Bergen for CBS' Murphy Brown
  2. Emmy Rossum for Showtime's Shameless
  3. Justina Machado for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  4. Natasia Demetriou for FX's What We Do In the Shadows
  5. Drew Barrymore for Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet
  6. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer for Comedy Central's Broad City
  7. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle for Hulu's PEN15
  8. America Ferrera for NBC's Superstore
  9. Jennifer Jason Leigh for Netflix's Atypical
  10. Michaela Watkins for Hulu's Casual
  11. Rachel Bloom for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  12. Gina Rodriguez for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  13. Aya Cash for FXX's You're the Worst
  14. Constance Wu for ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
  15. Jennifer Garner for HBO's Camping
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Tracey Ullman for HBO's Tracey Ullman's Show
  2. Amy Sedaris for TruTV's At Home with Amy Sedaris
  3. Minnie Driver for ABC's Speechless
  4. Sutton Foster for TV Land's Younger
  5. Andrea Savage for TruTV's I'm Sorry
  6. Anna Faris for CBS' Mom
  7. Leighton Meester for ABC's Single Parents
  8. Zoe Perry for CBS' Young Sheldon
  9. Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada for Starz's Vida
  10. Lake Bell for ABC's Bless This Mess
  11. Yara Shahidi for Freeform's Grown-ish
  12. Kelli Berglund for Starz's Now Apocalypse

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!