Much like this year’s Emmy race, there are a lot of women in the running for this year’s Best Actress in a Television Comedy Series. Will Veep’s big night at the Emmys sway favor for Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Will Amy Poehler make a comeback for Parks & Recreation? Or will another young unknown be up for the prize? Let’s take a look at the contenders.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep – It’s hard to believe, but she has never won a Golden Globe for playing Selina Meyer. Even though she has won the last 4 years at the Emmys, she has only taken home one Globe back in 1994 for Seinfeld. Veep and American politics might not be the Hollywood Foreign Press’ cup of tea, but she will definitely be nominated.
Lena Dunham, Girls – Interestingly enough, Dunham has been nominated every year that Girls has been on HBO. She won for the freshman season when the series also took home Comedy Series. Is it dumb to take her out at this point, or should we play safe?
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin – Rodriguez took home the prize last year, and she’s definitely a huge crowd favorite. Ratings for Virgin have only dipped slightly from the first season, so the show hasn’t taken a swan dive after the birth of her baby. Enthusiasm for the show seems to have waned a bit, though.
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation – Ahhh, Leslie Knope. Screw the Emmys—you don’t need them! After Poehler won in this category 2 years ago, she was absent when the nominations came out last year. Did she simply fall through the cracks? The show ended a while ago, so she could be ignored again.
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Hopefully the Hollywood Foreign Press won’t ignore her like the Emmys did. Kimmy Schmidt is a lot broader than other new programs, so it could score big this year. Don’t let us down HFPA! Kemper is the beating heart of this Netflix show. Don’t follow in the Emmys footsteps!
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie – Both Fonda and Tomlin are in acclaimed film performances this year (Fonda is generating some Oscar buzz for her small part in Youth, and Tomlin is fantastic in Grandma), so they could both become double nominees this year. When the Emmys rolled around, I (stupidly) predicted both would get nominated for their duel starring roles on Grace and Frankie. Tomlin triumphed with a nomination.
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Is this prediction from left field? I don’t think so. While the show’s ratings haven’t been too great, she’s a newcomer, and the Golden Globes LOVE a fresh face in this category. Plus, she’s the only one that is in a musical. Do some research and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens – The HFPA love Ryan Murphy shows, and this is one of the flashiest shows of the fall. Curtis could fall into the supporting category, but her star power could grab her a slot. Lea Michele was nominated for Glee for the first season, and Jessica Lange has been nominated each season of American Horror Story. Prepare for me to roll my eyes if this happens (even though I love Jamie Lee on the show).
Constance Wu, Fresh Off the Boat – She’s definitely still the strongest thing about this ABC show, but is anyone watching it?
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie – Final season love?
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black – I am very skeptical that this can happen since a lot of people were mixed on the most recent season. The constant flip flopping between comedy and drama categories in various awards shows doesn’t help any performers’ chances either.
If I had to pick the nominees right now, I’d have to go with the following:
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie