“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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.