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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

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.



Lena Dunham (GIRLS)



Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP)

Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN)

Tracee Ellis Ross (BLACK-ISH)





Maria Bamford (LADY DYNAMITE)


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)


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)


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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