2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lead Actress in a Comedy Emmy
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At this point, the question isn’t whether Julia Louis-Dreyfus will score her fifth consecutive nomination for her role as President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy “Veep,” but whether her winning streak will end. The actress has watched her character go from the titular vice president to leader of the free world, collecting a string of statues along the way. While Candice Bergen managed to score five wins for “Murphy Brown,” even she didn’t do it in a row.

But there are some new faces poised to take the prize this year, from Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) to Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), who is on a hot streak herself. In addition, many actresses who have never scored a nom are coming off great second seasons, including Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat.”)

Lily Tomlin was nominated last year for “Grace and Frankie,” and not only could she repeat this year, but she could be joined by co-star Jane Fonda, both of whom enjoyed strong sophomore seasons. Or voters could look back to Lena Dunham, a previous nominee for “Girls,” who is coming off an acclaimed fifth season of the HBO hit.

FRONTRUNNERS

Rachel Bloom (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND)

Lena Dunham (GIRLS)

Jane Fonda (GRACE AND FRANKIE)

Ellie Kemper (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP)

Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN)

Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACK-ISH)

Amy Schumer (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER)

Lily Tomlin (GRACE AND FRANKIE)

Constance Wu (FRESH OFF THE BOAT)

ON THE BUBBLE

Maria Bamford (LADY DYNAMITE)

Aya Cash (YOU’RE THE WORST)

Jamie Lee Curtis (SCREAM QUEENS)

Zooey Deschanel (THE NEW GIRL)

Anna Faris (MOM)

Ilana Glazer (BROAD CITY)

Gillian Jacobs (LOVE)

Abbi Jacobson (BROAD CITY)

Melissa McCarthy (MIKE & MOLLY)

Emmy Rossum (SHAMELESS)

Laurie Metcalf (GETTING ON)

DARK HORSES

Beth Behrs (2 BROKE GIRLS)

Kat Dennings (2 BROKE GIRLS)

America Ferrara (SUPERSTORE)

Sutton Foster (YOUNGER)

Patricia Heaton (THE MIDDLE)

Sharon Horgan (CATASTROPHE)

Rashida Jones (ANGIE TRIBECA)

Jill Kargman (ODD MOM OUT)

Julie Klausner (DIFFICULT PEOPLE)

Wendi McLendon-Covey (THE GOLDBERGS)

Catherine O’Hara (SCHITT’S CREEK)

Lennon Parham (PLAYING HOUSE)

Martha Plimpton (THE REAL O’NEALS)

Emma Roberts (SCREAM QUEENS)

Jessica St. Clair (PLAYING HOUSE)

Michaela Watkins (CASUAL)

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  1. RayAPR says:

    Aya Cash for this past season of You’re The Worst deserves to be far more than a bubble contender.

  2. Fred says:

    Rachel Bloom deserves it all the way. She effortlessly made us laugh, cry while acting and singing her way to our hearts. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is undeservedly the lowest rated show on broadcast , but most who do watch it will agree with this assessment .

    • Matchbox says:

      I second Rachel Bloom! What a great first season we got from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I think that’s the only hourlong show I even watch on broadcast TV these days. (The show was originally conceived for Showtime, maybe that’s why it’s better than the vast majority of stuff on the major nets.)

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