It’s a foregone conclusion that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be nominated for Veep. And, if Emmy voters don’t get on board with Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then they’re insane. Amy Poehler should get love thrown her way for her final season of Parks and Recreation. Both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are in the running for Grace and Frankie. There’s also Golden Globe darling Gina Rodriguez in Jane The Virgin to consider, and Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie’s final run. And, while she won’t be nominated (likely), Amy Schumer has peeps. Also, never fully count out Lena Dunham for Girls.
If it were up to me, I’d add Mindy Kaling to this list. Her cancellation/switch to Hulu probably won’t help her break through. I’d nominate her alongside Kemper, Louis-Dreyfus, Poehler, and Rodriguez. That’s a solid set of funny ladies. If I got one more vote, I’d go rogue and throw it to Karen Gillan for Selfie. RIP Selfie, we hardly knew ye.
For leading actor, my money is on Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent, with Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory a lock for a nomination. Louie CK will probably get in again for Louie, and he might be up against Billy Crystal for The Comedians. The final spot could go to Will Forte for The Last Man On Earth or someone more conventional like Don Cheadle or Matt LeBlanc. Emmy voters might go full on crazy and give it to Gael Garcia Bernal for Mozart In The Jungle or John Goodman for Alpha House.
I’d nominate Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine Nine, Tambor, Forte, Jay Baruchel for Man Seeking Woman, and Johnny Galecki for The Big Bang Theory. It’s easy to love Jim Parsons, but it’s really time that Galecki got some recognition of his own. And while I’m at it, I’d also nominate John Cho, also for Selfie.