The race for the Emmys is on, and the category for the best actress in a comedy series is especially wide open. One look at the sheer number of actresses that boast of strong chances at the awards this year and it won’t take another glance from you to guess it to be easily the most overcrowded category this year, and by that very definition with so much formidable talent, that much difficult to predict. It was an increasingly difficult task even sifting through the accomplishments of each actress for picking our predicted nominations earlier, predicting the winner here, surprisingly doesn’t seem like too much of a longshot. Notably so, this is also probably the only category wherein a large majority of the nominees from last year are still in the running, all of them somehow miraculously making it to the finish lines for submission of nominations.
Along with recurring veterans, the arrival of some serious new talent that no one foresaw also threw in quite an interesting mix. However, as I said, I must admit that even despite such overwhelming variety, the race is shaping up to be pretty one-sided. A reigning queen battles it out marvelously with a veeping queen back for her crown. Has a nice ring to it, and certainly sets the stage for things to come. Read on to find out our predictions for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
‘Grace and Frankie’ recently aired its fifth season, and while I strongly felt it was nowhere near the glory of its previous seasons, the one thing that remains unchanged is the magic that Jane Fonda and Tomlin have created on the screen for close to five years now. Infact, the bang on casting is one of the foremost things that the show can be credited for, and Tomlin beyond excels in her role. For her performance as Frankie Bergstein, she had already been nominated four years in the running, but when it comes to competing with Julia-Louis Dreyfus who has already lifted the trophy six consecutive times now, not many have claimed to emerge victorious on the other side. A dwindling fifth season and overcrowding of talent in this category seem to have seriously harmed her shot at the trophy.
Allison Janney, Mom
Another recurring veteran of a series, and another recurring veteran of an actress, ‘Mom’ just got done airing its sixth season and has already been renewed for a seventh and eighth one consecutively, and Alison Janney continues to rock it as she has over five seasons already. Janney has been in the running for this show for five years now, every year the show has aired, her streak finally being broken now. She is also one of the rare actresses to have made the jump from the best supporting actress category to the best lead actress category for the same show, with her first two nominations being as the former, even winning one, and the three as the latter. While the drop in quality over the years for ‘Mom’ has been a little more than negligible yet consistent, also quite possibly being one of the reasons the nomination for her didn’t pull through, Alison Janney’s popularity and credibility as Bonnie continues to be on the rise.