Will this year’s Best Comedy Actress race mark the return of the queen or will it be the start of a new reign? Most of our pundits think it’s the former, with a whopping 22 Experts predicting that six-time champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win her seventh and final Emmy for “Veep.” But we have two holdouts for reigning champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Mary Murphy (Gold Derby) both have Brosnahan in their top spot. If Brosnahan does go back to back, she would be the first and only person to defeat Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” and the category’s first non-JLD repeat champ since Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) way back in 2001.
What makes this battle even more interesting is that it’s a case of unstoppable force meeting unstoppable force. Both are riding undefeated streaks. Louis-Dreyfus, of course, has never lost an Emmy for “Veep” and was ineligible last year because the show took an extended break to accommodate her breast cancer diagnosis. Brosnahan has never lost a major award for “Maisel”; her trophy case for the Amazon series includes two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards, one Emmy, one individual Screen Actors Guild Award and one Television Critics Association Award. One of these streaks will end. (Brosnahan also has a one-up on Louis-Dreyfus in that the latter has yet to win a Globe for “Veep.”)
What’s more, these two have never faced off against each other and won’t before the Emmys, so we won’t have any precursors to go by. But we do know the TV academy fell for “Maisel” in a huge way last year, handing it eight wins, a single-year record for a comedy. “Veep” won its first eight Emmys between 2012 and ’15.
Louis-Dreyfus and Brosnahan are 1-2 in our odds, way out in front of the rest of the field. Allison Janney (“Mom”) is in third, followed by Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”).
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