Will ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan Win an Emmy For the Second Year In A Row?

The critically acclaimed comedy series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept almost every Primetime Emmy category they were nominated for last year including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

The show also already won two Creative Emmys this year for Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series including a few more. However, the lead actress, Rachel Brosnahan will probably not be able to defend her title for the second year in a row. Why not?

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Rachel Brosnahan’s background

Born July 12, 1990, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the aspiring comedian is also the niece of the late fashion designer, Kate Spade. At 16-years-old, she participated in musical theater in high school and took a class from the director of Wilmette’s Actors Training Center, Carole Dibo, who is now her manager.

She made her film debut in the 2009 horror flick, The Unborn, as Lisa while she was still a high school student. In college, Brosnahan landed guest roles in several well-known television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl.

The actress’ breakthrough appearance as a former prostitute who dated Doug Stamper, Rachel Posner on House of Cards earned her three award nominations including a 2015 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

Since then, she starred in several movies including I’m Obsessed With You and Patriot’s Day and numerous television shows such as Orange Is the New Black and The Blacklist before landing her award-winning role as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in 2017.

Rachel Brosnahan’s success on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The Amazon comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, stars Brosnahan alongside Alex Borstein, who is also the voice of Lois Griffin on Family Guy, Michael Zegen, known from FOX’s Rescue Me, Marin Hinkle, recognized from her time on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, Tony Shalhoub, widely known from Monk, and Kevin Pollak, who is recognized by his over 80 movie appearances.

The show revolves around Midge Maisel, a 1958 housewife who discovers her natural knack for comedy while attempting to help her husband’s failing stand-up career. After the premiere episode received positive reviews, Amazon immediately ordered the series for two seasons, and then renewed it for a third.

The pilot episode of the set made history as one of Amazon Video’s most successful ever, and Season 1 held a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Season 2 dropped a little to 93%.

Out of 64 total nominations, the hilarious show won an impressive 51 of them including 14 Primetime Emmys for various categories such as Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Brosnahan herself has won a total of nine awards for her incredible performance including a 2018 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Can she defend her title for the second year in a row?

Why Rachel Brosnahan may not repeat her Emmy success

While the aspiring comedian has received raving reviews for her portrayal as Midge Maisel, she is up against fierce competition this year including Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep).

Last year, Brosnahan went up against a completely different group, and while talented, none of their names holds the weight Christina Applegate or Julia Louis-Dreyfus does when it comes to awards. Additionally, the Seinfeld actress is looking to get her seventh win for her unforgettable performance in Veep.

Fleabag and Russian Doll are both Emmy favorites this year, and the Academy may give O’Hara the award as Schitt’s Creek has been nominated every year since it premiered without a win, and the upcoming season will be the last.

Even if Brosnahan doesn’t win the coveted award for the second time in a row, she still has a chance to win in the following years as it doesn’t look like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be ending any time soon.

To see if she does take home the award, watch the Primetime Emmy Award Ceremony on Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.