Best Actress in a Comedy
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
WILL WIN: Amy Schumer may be a superstar in the making, if she hasn't been fully made already, and Amy Poehler's departure from Pawnee combined with her role as a macher for the new generation of women comedians is equally impressive. But at this point Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the most universally acclaimed comedic actress on TV since Lucille Ball. Look for Selina Meyer to get re-elected.
SHOULD WIN: Lisa Kudrow mixed layer upon layer of fiction, real life, comedy, drama, prestige TV, and reality trash to recreate her character Valerie Cherish in The Comeback's miraculous second season. In the process she gave a human face to one of the most excoriating portrayals of Hollywood sexism this side of Sunset Boulevard. She may not get the Emmy, but she deserves our gratitude.
ROBBED: As Hannah Horvath on Girls and Ilana Wexler on Broad City, Lena Dunham and Ilana Glazer are the yin and yang, the Goofus and Gallant, the Superman and Bizarro of half-assing your way through life in the big city. Those aren't just performances, they're a public service.