The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are weeks away and its time to narrow down who I believe SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN at this years Emmys. Let’s take a look at Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
- Christina Applegate – Dead to Me
- Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
- Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll
- Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag
Who Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ category to win…or is it? JLD has won six consecutive times for Veep between 2012-2017. After her historic sixth win in 2017, Veep was already schedule to take an extended hiatus before its final season, making the show ineligible for the 2018 awards season. During that hiatus, JLD underwent treatment for breast cancer and thankfully made a full recovery before triumphantly returning for Veep’s final season.
Veep has been an extraordinary ride for JLD. In addition to her sixth consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series wins, she’s also won three Emmys as a Veep producer (2015, 2016 and 2017), she’s the only woman to win three Emmy Awards for three different comedy series (Seinfeld, 1996, The New Adventures of Old Christine, 2007) in addition to her Veep wins, and in 2017 she tied Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys ever won by a performer. With 11 total Emmys on her mantle at home, that’s a lot of Emmy history for Julia Louis-Dreyfus! After taking a year off and voters already moving on to a new winner, will the voters of the Academy welcome her back for a seven time for a final farewell?
Who Will Win: Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
As much as I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus and would love to see her cement her place in Emmys history, deep in my bones, I feel this category is going to provide an upset. Schitt’s Creek has been on a surge of popularity over the past year, growing from a popular Canadian transplant airing on Pop, a very little known American cable outlet, into a pop culture icon – thanks to its streaming debut on Netflix in 2017. Now Schitt’s Creek has finally made it to the Emmys with four nominations (Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes). My hopes are for Schitt’s Creek to go home with at least one win, preferably at the main telecast – so that narrows its wins to either Eugene Levy or Catherine O’Hara, since I’m already betting on Barry for Outstanding Comedy Series, and I think it’ll be very difficult for Levy to dethrone Bill Hader for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
That leaves the phenomenal Catherine O’Hara who deliciously plays the eccentric matriarch Moira Rose. Ever since nominations were announced, I’ve had a strong feeling that O’Hara has the best chance of all the nominated actresses to overcome both Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rachel Brosnahan. O’Hara’s performance is outlandish, comedic and the most enjoyable to watch amongst the nominations this year. With the main focus on this category being a battle between Louis-Dreyfus and Brosnahan, the two current winners in this category, there could be vote splitting amongst the two actresses, paving the way for an upset, this could be O’Hara’s trophy to win.
The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22nd on Fox.