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Emmy predictions: Outstanding actor/actress in a comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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August

The 66th annual Emmy Awards air Monday (yes, Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week, one of the major categories will be featured on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: actor/actress in a comedy.

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Louis CK, Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

William H. Macy, Shameless

Ricky Gervais, Derek

Jim Parsons has won this award three times, each time for The Big Bang Theory, which is currently one of the most-watched shows on TV and arguably more popular now that it's ever been. He's tough to bet against.

On second thought ... William H. Macy is in this category under somewhat false pretenses; his show Shameless decided to submit itself as a comedy this year after years of submitting as a drama. Could the academy use this as a chance to honor the movie star's work on that show?


OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Like Parsons, there's no good reason Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won this category the past two years for her role on Veep, won't win again. It helps that she's giving the most consistently funny performance on TV.

On second thought ... If Emmy voters like Orange is the New Black but don't honor it anywhere else, maybe Taylor Schilling pulls this one off. It's not likely though.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:17pm]

    

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