Will a Netflix Original Upset The Best Actress in a Comedy Series Category?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems like a lock for an award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Louis-Dreyfus, initially famed for her portrayal of Elaine on Seinfeld, has found new life for her career as Selina Meyers in Veep. She’s taken home 6 Emmys in the last seven years, and she wasn’t eligible for a nomination last year. Once again eligible for the award, most viewers assume she’ll add yet another trophy to her long list of accolades for the role, but there are a few dark horses that could cause an upset.

Who won the Oustanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series last year?

With Louis-Dreyfus ineligible for the prize in 2018, the category seemed far more competitive. Pamela Aldon, for Better Things, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lily Tomlin, Issa Rae, Alison Janney, and Rachel Brosnahan were all nominated in the category.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, for HBO

While the winner, Rachael Brosnahan, was a favorite for her portrayal of Midge Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it was anyone’s game. Tomlin’s portrayal of Frankie Bergstein in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie has been hailed by critics as inspired. Janney’s character, Bonnie Plunkett in Mom, has been equal parts flawed and loveable.

This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ last eligible year for the series

2019 will be Louis-Dreyfus’ last chance to take home an award for Veeo. Veep aired its final episode on May 12, 2019. In the episode, writers were sure to touch on as many relevant issues as possible in the 48-minute long wrapup. For many, it was the perfect ending to the iconic series, but is it enough to bring Louis-Dreyfus one final win?

Louis-Dreyfus may be the crowd favorite, but she’s not a sure winner, just yet. While she’s taken home the prize each time she was eligible for a win, her victory is far from set in stone this year. Not only will she be competing against last year’s winner, Rachel Brosnahan, but she’ll go up against two of Netflix’s darkest original comedies.

Who could upset Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Reign?

With Louis-Dreyfus’ back on the ballot, most fans assume she’ll take home her seventh trophy for the role, especially because Veep is officially over and done, but that might not be the case. Netflix has two actresses nominated from their incredibly dark comedies which could unseat Louis-Dreyfus.

Christina Applegate has been nominated in the category for her role as Jen in Dead to Me. The dark comedy follows the life of Jen after her husband is killed tragically. The whirlwind that is her grief finds her making strange decisions and befriending someone who may or may not be a bit unhinged. Applegate has been nominated twice before in the category for her work on the short-lived comedy, Samantha Who?

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Natasha Lyonne’s character Nadia in the Netflix Original Russian Doll has been nothing short of intense. Previously known for her role on Orange Is the New Black, Lyonne’s brings an intensity to the dark comedy that is both surprising and a little unsettling.  This year is the first time Lyonne’s has been nominated in the category. She is up for two additional awards, both for her work on Russian Doll.