“I love the fact that women, if you look at every single lead and supporting race across the board, are just dominating television right now,” says Chris Beachum during a recent Emmy predictions slugfest to talk about this year’s contenders for Best Comedy Actress, but he’s not just talking about this category, or even this genre. Roles for women have been the highlights of the 2016-2017 TV season across comedies, dramas, movies and limited series. Beachum is joined by Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery to debate a race where Emmy history is on the line. Watch above.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) is widely believed to be the frontrunner for Best Comedy Actress. It would be her sixth win in a row. That’s the most consecutive acting wins in any category, the most wins for a single role, and it would be Louis-Dreyfus’s eighth acting win overall, which would tie the Primetime Emmys record held by Cloris Leachman. But Louis-Dreyfus is up against a deep field of leading ladies. Her likeliest competitors according to our racetrack odds are Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), Allison Janney (“Mom”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”).
However, there are even more plausible contenders in the running. Beachum explains, “You wouldn’t bat an eye if the lineup — based on [the Television Critics Association nominations], BAFTA, Globes and SAG — were Phoebe Waller-Bridge [‘Fleabag’], Tracey Ullman [‘Tracey Ullman’s Show’], Lena Dunham [‘Girls’] could make a comeback for the finale, Minnie Driver [‘Speechless’], Kristen Bell [‘The Good Place’], Gina Rodriguez [‘Jane the Virgin’], Pamela Adlon [‘Better Things’], Justina Machado [‘One Day at a Time’]. These are all people that could have gotten in any other year. One or two of them might get in this year.”
“The list goes on and on,” Dixon agrees, “but I love when records are broken, so part me is rooting for Julia to take home six in a row — that has never, ever happened.”
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