Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler …?

Veep” leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks likely to win Comedy Actress for third year running at the Emmys. However, she faces strong challenges from a perennial also-ran and a newcomer to the category. 

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After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.

FRONTRUNNERS
With her back-to-back wins of the last two years for this HBO political satire, Louis-Dreyfus broke the curse that had befallen this category. The last woman to win more than one Emmy for leading the laffs in the same comedy series had been Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2000, 2001); Louis-Dreyfus did win this race back in 2006 for the first season of “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She is the pick of most of our Experts, Editors and Users and has leading odds of 15/8. (Click here for our complete odds.)

Amy Poehler has contended for four years running for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” but has yet to win. This year, she has odds of 4/1 to finally prevail. 

Taylor Schilling tops the cast of newcomer “Orange is the New Black,” an hour-long dramedy that streamed on Netflix. She has odds of 13/2. 

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PROBABLE NOMINEES
Edie Falco made Emmy history when she claimed this award in 2010 for the first season of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” becoming the first woman to win for leading roles on both comedy and drama series; she had claimed Drama Actress three times for “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003). She has odds of 9/1. 

Lena Dunham does it all on “Girls” and has contended for writing, directing, producing and starring in this HBO single-camera comedy. She has odds of 10/1.

Anna Faris headlines the CBS multi-camera comedy “Mom,” in which she plays both the mother to a pregnant teen and the beleagured daughter of a manipulative mama (Allison Janney). She has odds of 20/1. 

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SPOILERS
As with Dunham, Mindy Kaling is a multi-hyphenate on Fox’s “The Mindy Project.” She has odds of 50/1. 

Coming in at 100/1 are a trio of contenders, led by 2011 champ Melissa McCarthy for the fourth season of her CBS laffer “Mike and Molly.”

Hoping to break into this race for the first time is Emmy Rossum, whose Showtime series “Shameless” just switched from drama.

And Zooey Deschanel is looking to make a comeback for her Fox show “New Girl” after being snubbed last year for its sophomore season. 

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Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Comedy Actress. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu to make your predictions in this race.

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