DARK HORSE: Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in “SMILF”
DARK HORSE: Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson in “Grace and Frankie”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox in “Better Things”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Issa Rae as Issa Dee in “Insecure”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Debra Messing as Grace Adler in “Will & Grace”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
IN THE CONVERSATION: Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder in “GLOW”
FRONTRUNNER: Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein on “Grace and Frankie”
FRONTRUNNER: Tracee Ellis Ross as Bow Johnson in “black-ish”
FRONTRUNNER: Allison Janney as Bonnie in “Mom”
FRONTRUNNER: Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
For the first time this decade, we’re guaranteed a new winner in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category. As Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues the road back to the screen and full health, there are potential first-time winners and Emmys mainstays who could assume the category crown.
With voting just on the horizon, we thought we’d take a look at which actresses are in a position to vie for a spot on the nominations list this year. We’ve put together our lists of the dark horses, those on the bubble, and the performers who are near-guaranteed locks to be in the crowd on the night of September 17. For each actress, we’ve also listed whether or not it’s likely they’ll be eligible for next year’s ceremony as well.
For a look at all of IndieWire’s extensive Emmys 2018 coverage, visit our Awards homepage here. (And take a gander at the rest of our updated predictions here.)
Previous Nominations: 0
Previous Wins: 0
Eligible After This Year?: After the critical success of the first eight episodes, Season 2 is due out later this year.
Eligible After This Year?: With former contender “Roseanne” now gone from the TV landscape, “Will & Grace” is now in a prime spot to capitalize on an audience still looking for a slice of the ’90s. NBC has already ordered an additional season beyond the one that airs next.