According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) is going to win an unprecedented sixth consecutive Emmy for playing vice president-turned-president-turned-private citizen Selina Meyer in HBO’s political satire. Louis-Dreyfus has never lost for this role and has won a remarkable nine Emmys overall — seven for acting and two for Best Comedy Series as a producer of “Veep.” One more acting victory would tie her with Cloris Leachman as the most awarded performer at the Primetime Emmys, though Leachman has an extra acting Emmy in daytime, so she would retain the overall record — for now. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
Louis-Dreyfus leads the Best Comedy Actress race with overall odds of 2/1 based on Gold Derby’s racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Soon, we’ll also feature the predictions of Emmy Experts from major media outlets, but they haven’t piped in quite yet.
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) is in second place with 3/1 odds. Right now she looks like the best bet to finally overtake Louis-Dreyfus with support from two of our Top 24 Users and three of our All-Stars (see the complete breakdown here). It would be the second straight nomination and first win for Ellis Ross, but she and the show have been on a hot streak of late. She just won Best TV Comedy Actress at the Golden Globes, where “Black-ish” also received its first nomination for Best Comedy Series. Then the show earned its first SAG nomination for Best TV Comedy Ensemble.
Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) ranks third with 7/2 odds for playing the title character in the Netflix series, a guileless young woman living in New York City after escaping a doomsday cult. She received her first nomination in this category last year, and she has also received two consecutive SAG Award bids for Best Comedy Actress.
Next up with odds of 4/1 is Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), who is the biggest awards darling among our top six predicted contenders. She has won six Primetime Emmys out of 23 nominations, which includes two consecutive bids in this category for playing Frankie, a free spirit whose husband leaves her for another man. She also has one Daytime Emmy win out of five nominations. She’s a past Oscar nominee (Best Supporting Actress for “Nashville,” 1975) and a Grammy winner. On top of all that she received the Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association in 2016 and the Life Achievement Award from SAG in 2017. To say the least she’s beloved by the industry.
Newcomer Issa Rae (“Insecure”) ranks fifth with 5/1 odds. She enjoyed breakthrough success last fall playing Issa in HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy, which she also co-created, writes and produces. Her performance already earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and now she’s aiming to make her Emmy debut.
Rounding out our top six predicted nominees is Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”) for her role as Frances, whose marriage is falling apart. She gets 11/2 odds. Like “Insecure,” “Divorce” premiered last fall and earned Parker a Golden Globe nomination, though Parker already has a longstanding track record at the Emmys. She won this category in 2004 for the final season of her groundbreaking series “Sex and the City,” and she won Best Comedy Series in 2001 as a producer of the provocative show.
Following those six contenders on our Best Comedy Actress chart are Tracey Ullman (“Tracey Ullman’s Show”) in seventh place with 7/1 odds, Minnie Driver (“Speechless”) in eighth place with 7/1 odds, Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”) in ninth place with 15/2 odds and Maya Rudolph (“Maya and Marty”) in 10th place with 8/1 odds.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on July 13. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums.