2014 Emmy Picks: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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With the Emmy Awards airing tonight on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.

Since I looked at all the major drama categories on Friday, I’ll be focusing on the comedy ones today to see who has the best shot at winning the Emmy for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Comedy Series. You can read my thoughts on the supporting categories here and here. Let’s take a look at the race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.


Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Should win: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Let’s get one thing clear: this was neither Poehler or Leslie Knope’s best season on Parks and Recreation. Throughout season six, there was way too much of Leslie being eccentric or rude in order to try to get her way, and while Poehler did her best with it, the material just wasn’t always there for her. However, when it was, the actress, as usual, knocked it out of the park, particularly in the episode “Ann And Chris,” where Leslie must say goodbye to her best friend, and in the later stretch of episodes from this season, as Leslie debated whether or not to take the National Parks she had been offered. Ultimately, I want Poehler to win not just for this season but for what she has done on Parks and Rec as a whole, which is create one of the most likable and memorable television characters in recent history. The fact that Poehler does not have any Emmy wins for her role as Leslie Knope is a crime, and while I doubt it will be remedied this year, I hope voters will decide to honor her for all of her hard work throughout the entire series if and when she is nominated for Parks and Rec‘s final season next year.

Will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Oh it’s going to be Louis-Dreyfus winning this category tonight. I have barely any doubt. Emmy voters love Julia Louis-Dreyfus (they have since Seinfeld), and her performance on Veep, which I’ve watched very little of to be honest, is what I most remember about the series. It’s just that Emmy-type of performance, and there’s no doubt that it should be recognized. However, I do wish others in this category, like Poehler, could have a chance to finally get their dues as well, but the only possible threat I can see to Louis-Dreyfus is Taylor Schilling swooping in and winning if Orange Is the New Black has a huge Emmy night tonight. Otherwise, it’s Louis-Dreyfus’s category, and it’s Louis-Dreyfus’s Emmy.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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