2019 Emmy Predictions, Part 3: Acting in a Comedy Series

Today we’re back with the comedy acting races, which I think have frontrunners for the leads, while it’s anyone’s game in supporting. Let’s have at it, shall we?

COMEDY ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

I think JLD will take it one last time, but Rachel Brosnahan is on her heels

I think JLD will take it one last time, but Rachel Brosnahan is on her heels

  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

  • Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

I think this will got to Julia Louis-Dreyfus pretty easily, and she will make history as the first actress to win the Emmy for every single season her show was on the air. In second place is probably last year’s winner Rachel Brosnahan, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a lot of hype for Fleabag, and this would be her only chance to ever win, since the show is over now. 

Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Alternate: Rachel Brosnahan

Dark Horse: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

COMEDY ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Bill Hader seems safe to win again for  Barry ’s second season

Bill Hader seems safe to win again for Barry’s second season

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday

  • Ted Danson, The Good Place

  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

  • Bill Hader, Barry

  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Bill Hader won last year, and I really think he’s winning again. The second season of Barry was even better and the show’s buzz has only grown, so I’m betting he repeats, as Emmy loves to do. Other possibilities are Michael Douglas, or perhaps Eugene Levy, who’s pretty beloved in the comedy world, but I think Hader is pretty far ahead of the pack.

Winner: Bill Hader

Alternate: Michael Douglas

Dark Horse: Ted Danson (also a beloved veteran actor, and for another show that’s ending, so he’s a possibility as well)

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS

This is a total free for all- I have no idea and am placing a bet on Colman

This is a total free for all- I have no idea and am placing a bet on Colman

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep

  • Sian Clifford, Fleabag

  • Olivia Colman, Fleabag

  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW

  • Sarah Goldberg, Barry

  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Don’t ask me why they have so many names on this list, but I really am flying blind on this one. It could be any of them. I’m sort of leaning towards Olivia Colman of all people, just because she recently won the Oscar and perhaps she’s more at the front of people’s minds here? Then again, Anna Chlumsky’s never won for Veep, so that’s possible. The old Emmy rule says when in doubt go to a repeater, but that could be either Borstein or McKinnon. Man, this one’s hard. I have no clue.

Winner: Olivia Colman (this is pure instinct on my part)

Alternate: Alex Borstein

Dark Horse: Anna Chlumsky

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tony Shalhoub didn’t win last year, but he probably will this time, since the show is still well liked

Tony Shalhoub didn’t win last year, but he probably will this time, since the show is still well liked

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry

  • Tony Hale, Veep

  • Stephen Root, Barry

  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

  • Henry Winkler, Barry

I honestly think the three Barry actors who got in here will probably cancel each other out, which sucks because Stephen Root SO deserves to win, not just for this (even though he’s great), but for being so good on so many shows in guest and bit appearances in recent years. But because of the three guys fighting it out, I think the Academy falls back on old Emmy favorite Tony Shalhoub, unfortunately. 

Winner: Tony Shalhoub

Alternate: Tony Hale (another previous winner)

Dark Horse: Stephen Root (still pulling for him)