Thursday, July 9, 2015

2015 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2015 Nomination Predictions
Edie Falco "Nurse Jackie"
Jane Fonda "Grace and Frankie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep
Melissa McCarthy "Mike & Molly"
Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation"
Lily Tomlin "Grace and Frankie"

Other Contenders - Amy Schumer "Inside Amy Schumer", Gina Rodriguez "Jane the Virgin", Lisa Kudrow "The Comeback", Lena Dunham "Girls", Ellie Kemper "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Anna Faris "Mom", Patricia Heaton "The Middle", Tracee Ellis-Ross "black-ish", Zooey  Deschanel "New Girl", Mindy Kaling "The Mindy Project", Constance Wu "Fresh Off the Boat", Kristen Schaal "The Last Man on Earth", Emmy Rossum "Shameless", Aya Cash "You're The Worst", Beth Behrs "2 Broke Girls", Kat Dennings "2 Broke Girls", Courtney Cox "Cougar Town", Minnie Driver "About a Boy", Sutton Foster "Younger", Judy Greer "Married", Ilana Glazer "Broad City", Abbi Jacobson "Broad City", Laurie Metcalf "Getting On", Lea Michele "Glee", Ashley Rickards "Awkward", Casey Wilson "Marry Me"

Commentary - There are about eleven women that I think are fighting for six slots, and that doesn't include Tracee Ellis-Ross, Constance Wu, Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Emmy Rossum, Anna Faris, or Kristen Schaal, all of whom are still worthy of our attention. Lena Dunham has yet to miss out for Girls, but there just seems like too much competition. Lisa Kudrow got in for The Comeback the first time around, and I hope she manages it again, but this time the competition might be too much for the underdog show. Then there are the new contenders: Ellie Kemper, Gina Rodriguez, and Amy Schumer. There is a scenario, where three of my predictions (Tomlin, Fonda, and McCarthy) are left out for these three newcomers. It is highly plausible, and would make a lot of critics happy. But going up against that aforementioned trio of actresses is a tall order. I know that Grace and Frankie has got mixed reviews, but Netflix is pushing hard for the show, both are recent nominees/winners, and both are acting legends beloved in this industry. I could see Tomlin getting in and Fonda being left out based on the types of performances, but I think they will come as a packaged deal. And McCarthy, after being left off, managed to come back into the race. And she had a huge hit this summer with Spy, and is probably very much on the voters radar. That leaves the three veterans: Louis-Dreyfus, Poehler, and Falco. Poehler and Falco are a bit at risk due to the age of their shows, but both are beloved by voters, and have a lot of sentiment helping them as both are in their final seasons (and both final seasons were good). And if Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn't get nominated, they need to recount.

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