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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Actress

2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Actress

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

The two-time reigning champion of the category is looking to take it home again. Though it would be hard to eclipse her aided acceptance speech last year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus may need to start planning now. She’s got some competition she’s already torched twice (Amy Poehler), and a newcomer who would need an “Orange is the New Black” sweep to steal a trophy. Melissa McCarthy’s nomination is her prize, and it’s doubtful Edie Falco will muster up some similar magic as her co-star did in the supporting category last year. With “Girls” on the downswing with the Academy, it looks like it’s JLD’s to lose. 

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Below are predictions for best comedy actress from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and TV Editor Ben Travers. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Ben’s predictions:
Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Could win: Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
Should win: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Shoulda been here: Cobie Smulders, “How I Met Your Mother”

Peter’s predictions:
Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Could win: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Shoulda been here: Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

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Why is The Mindy Project and its cast snubbed? Kaling is hilarious and has managed to carry a show successfully despite not being a blonde size 0. How often does an Asian actress succeed in doing that? And ethnicity aside, she totally deserves a nomination, if not a win.


Mindy kaling should’ve got nominated. She was fresh, brilliant and believable. Melissa McCarthy’s nomination was unnecessary.


yeah, sorry, but cobie has never been in parks & rec


My predictions for nominees (in no particular order):
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Anna Faris, Mom
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Who could win: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Who should win: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Who should be here: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) and Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)

Jack Guthrie

Why are Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs never nominated?????? 2 BROKE GIRLS is fantastic!


Why are Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs never nominated. 2 BROKE GIRLS is fantastic!


Amy Poehler is long overdue. Snubbed by Melissa McCarthy, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Tina Fey. She deserves respect and a win.


Amy Poehler!!!
Amy Poehler!!!
Amy Poehler!!!


Mindy Kaling should get nominated. Her show is hilarious and she's hilarious in it


Could this finally be the year Kaley Cuoco gets a nomination for "The Big Bang Theory"? I hope so!


Mindy Kaling totally deserves to be nominated this year.


I think Cristin Milioti needs to be nominated for her performance in the "How Your Mother Met Me" episode of HIMYM.

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