- Last Year’s Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
- Was It an Upset? No
- Still Eligible? Yes
- Hot Streak: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won every year since “Veep” premiered, topping Amy Poehler four times (“Parks and Recreation”), Lena Dunham three times (“Girls”) and Tina Fey twice (“30 Rock”).
- Fun Fact: Two women have won four consecutive Emmys: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Helen Hunt. Hunt has not been nominated since her last win.
Can Julia Louis-Dreyfus really make it five in a row? If she does, she’ll become the most awarded lead comedy actress in the history of the Emmys. She already holds the record for most consecutive wins, and “Veep” only continues to improve, year-after-year. Louis-Dreyfus already earned IndieWire’s endorsement, and she’s looking strong as we head toward the finish line.
Still, there are some fresh faces who’ve got a good campaign going. Ellie Kemper has the backing of Emmy darling — and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” creator — Tina Fey. Tracee Ellis Ross is riding high after an impressive season of “Black-ish” and Laurie Metcalf has to win at least one Emmy with her three nominations in 2016 (right?). Meanwhile, returning nominees Amy Schumer and Lily Tomlin turned in dynamite seasons themselves.
Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2016 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all the categories, as well.
- Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
- Julie Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
- Laurie Metcalf, “Getting On”
- Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
- Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
- Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Could Win: Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Should Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”