Best Comedy Actress: Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria argue over who wins Emmy
“I’m not fretting too much over this category,” Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum admits about the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress. “There are some where I don’t know what to do and I keep changing my mind every day. But this one, it’s Rachel Brosnahan all the way. She just fits every single criteria you would be looking for, so I am just not going to think too much about it.” Beachum recently teamed up with senior editor Rob Licuria, the original Gold Derby duo, in a series of slugfests this week about all six lead acting races at the Emmys. Watch their lively discussion about Best Comedy Actress above.
Brosnahan’s nod is one of 14 for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is also nominated in Best Comedy Series. She is up against Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) with her second nomination for that show and seventh overall (having won in 2002 for her voice-over work on “King of the Hill”), Emmy veteran Allison Janney (“Mom”), her fifth nomination for that show (having won twice in supporting and nominated three consecutive years in lead) and 14th overall (wining seven in total, for “Mom,” “Masters of Sex” and “The West Wing”), Emmy debutante Issa Rae (“Insecure”), three-time nominee Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”) and showbiz legend Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”), nominated a jaw-dropping 25 times, including four consecutive nods for her current role, and winning six for writing, producing and her most reent win in 2013 for her voice-over work in “An Apology to Elephants.”
“I think you’re right. Rachel Brosnahan absolutely has the edge. ‘Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ did way better than I expected. We knew it was going to be a big one at the Emmys, but it really performed quite well, and the whole show hinges on her really beautiful performance in this show,” Licuria agrees.
Beachum is so sure of his pick because Brosnahan seems to tick all of the boxes. “They love shows about show business at the Emmys,” he explains. “It fits everything. You’ve got a stand-up comedian that’s a woman, which was hardly heard of in the 1950s, plus you’ve got all the production values of it being a period piece, and it’s set in New York. She gets to do stuff on stage. She gets the family drama, she gets the ex-husband. I mean it’s just everything you could want, and it’s not like she’s a newcomer to the Emmys, because she was a previous nominee for ‘House of Cards.'”
Licuria says that no matter who wins, the category remains really exciting because “Julia Louis Dreyfus is not here, given that ‘Veep’ did not air during the eligibility period,” he explains. “It hasn’t been since 2011 when Melissa McCarthy won for ‘Mike and Molly’ that we have seen a different winner in this category, because Julia, the queen of the Emmys, has won so many times since 2012. We are going to see a new winner, most likely Rachel Brosnahan, but as you well know, there are some other people in this category who are Emmy juggernauts.”