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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Actress

Indiewire By Peter Knegt and Ben Travers | Indiewire June 18, 2014 at 4:2PM

Here's our take on the best comedy actress category.
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Taylor Schilling in "Orange Is the New Black"

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 Assistant 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, "Parks and Recreation"

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"


This article is related to: Television, Emmys, 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards