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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on “Shameless,” Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time — she didn’t appear in the show’s most recent season.

That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn [“Mom”] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama “House of Cards,” as is Carrie Fisher [“Catastrophe”] for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her “Where’s the Bathroom” number in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on ‘The Walking Dead.”

Natasha Lyonne [“Portlandia”] did standout work on “Orange Is the New Black,” where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon [“Broad City”] and Judy Greer [“Mom”] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides.

Some actresses could even find themselves competing against themselves. Rhea Perlman is eligible for both “Mom” and “Getting On” this year. And Tina Fey is in a unique position; she was nominated here last year for her work as an attorney who bore a striking resemblance to Marcia Clark on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” This year, she appeared on the same show as a therapist with a penchant for drinking. But she’s also eligible for hosting “Saturday Night Live” and in a rare move, she’s submitted with her co-host Amy Poehler.

“Kimmy Schmidt” has an embarrassment of riches, with Lisa Kudrow appearing as Kimmy’s mother and Amy Sedaris stealing every moment as the social-climbing friend to Jane Krakowski’s divorcee.

Frontrunners

Christine Baranski
THE BIG BANG THEORY

Ellen Burstyn
MOM

Claire Danes
MASTER OF NONE

Tina Fey
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Carrie Fisher
CATASTROPHE

Anjelica Huston
TRANSPARENT

Lisa Kudrow
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Melissa McCarthy
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Rosie O’Donnell
MOM

Amy Sedaris
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

On the Bubble

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Kathryn Hahn
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Linda Lavin
MOM

Melissa Leo
BROAD CITY

Rita Moreno
JANE THE VIRGIN

Emily Osment
MOM

Estelle Parsons
GRACE AND FRANKIE

Rhea Perlman
GETTING ON

Maya Rudolph
DRUNK HISTORY

Amy Schumer
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Kyra Sedgwick
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Jenny Slate
GIRLS

Mira Sorvino
LADY DYNAMITE

Betty White
CROWDED

Dark Horses

Sasha Alexander
SHAMELESS

Becky Ann Baker
GIRLS

Lorraine Bracco
DICE

Alison Brie
TEACHERS

Danielle Brooks
MASTER OF NONE

Tovah Feldshuh
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Kathie Lee Gifford
DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Ariana Grande
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Judy Greer
MOM

Regina Hall
BLACK-ISH

Melora Hardin
TRANSPARENT

Natasha Lyonne
PORTLANDIA

Kate McKinnon
DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Kathy Najimy
YOUNGER

Cynthia Nixon
BROAD CITY

Archie Panjabi
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Rhea Perlman
MOM

Martha Plimpton
YOUNGER

Katey Sagal
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Sarah Silverman
LADY DYNAMITE

Octavia Spencer
DRUNK HISTORY

June Squibb
MOM

Michaela Watkins
TRANSPARENT

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