Talk about no guts, no glory. Of Gold Derby’s 25 Emmy Experts from major media outlets, two dare to go against the grain by not predicting a victory for Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”). JLD has claimed six consecutive trophies (2012-17) for her role as Vice President-turned-President Selina Meyer on HBO’s political laffer, a record in Best Comedy Actress, so a seventh would be icing on the cake for the recent cancer survivor. So what about the other two prognosticators? Robert Rorke (New York Post) predicts an upset for Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) while Ed Martin (Media Village) opts for Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
Here are the 23 Emmy Experts that have Louis-Dreyfus in their #1 positions for “Veep’s” final season: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Wilson Morales (BlackFilm), Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (TVGuide.com), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Michael Schneider (Variety), Jazz Tangcay (Awards Daily), Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ben Travers (Indiewire), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).
For those keeping track at home, Louis-Dreyfus also has three Emmys on her mantel for producing the Best Comedy Series winner (2015-17), one for her supporting turn on “Seinfeld” (1996) and another for starring on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006). That brings her career tally to 11 Emmy Awards, with the chance of winning two more this year for producing and acting in “Veep.”
Rorke stands alone in predicting a victory for Waller-Bridge, who burst onto the Emmy scene this year with a whopping four nominations: acting, writing and producing “Fleabag” and producing “Killing Eve.” For the second (and perhaps final) season of the Amazon comedy, Waller-Bridge’s character fell in love with a priest as she continued dealing with family issues from her sister (Sian Clifford) and godmother (Olivia Colman).
Finally, Martin forecasts Brosnahan will hear her name called again on September 22. Brosnahan took advantage of Louis-Dreyfus’s Emmy absence last year by winning Best Comedy Actress for tackling the self-titled role of Midge Maisel, a housewife who aspires to be a stand-up comedian in 1950s New York. To date Brosnahan and Louis-Dreyfus have yet to face off at a major awards show, so it’ll be exciting to see what happens at the 2019 Emmys.
Below, see how all six Best Comedy Actress nominees place in our Experts’ 2019 rankings. Do YOU agree or disagree with our Emmy gurus’ predictions? Give us your take down in the comments section.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) — 17/5 odds
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) — 9/2 odds
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) — 9/2 odds
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”) — 11/2 odds
Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”) — 13/2 odds
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”) — 7/1 odds
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