Emmys 2016: Who Should Win Lead Actress in a Comedy? Take Our Poll!

Is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Emmy reign unstoppable?

Veep‘s leading lady is up for her fifth consecutive award in the race for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, having won each of the previous four years that she’s been eligible. Having also triumphed in 2006 for her work on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Louis-Dreyfus is just one victory away from breaking a record held by Mary Tyler Moore and Candice Bergen for most lead actress trophies.

RELATED Emmys 2016: Who Should Win Best Lead Actor in a Comedy? Take Our Poll!

With Amy Poehler, Edie Falco and Lisa Kudrow out of the running, the field has opened itself up to some fresh (and oh-so-welcome) faces, including black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper. They are joined by returning nominees Amy Schumer (up for her eponymous sketch series Inside Amy Schumer) and Lily Tomlin (of Grace and Frankie), both of whom were first time contenders in 2015.

Believe it or not, Getting On‘s Laurie Metcalf is also new to the lead actress race. While the three-time Emmy champ isn’t expected to beat Louis-Dreyfus, there’s a good chance she walks away with at least one award, having also been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in both a comedy (for The Big Bang Theory) and a drama (for Horace and Pete).

What would you do if you had the opportunity to recognize one of these esteemed actresses when the Emmys are handed out on Sept. 18? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite, then hit the comments to defend your pick.

Every day for the next couple of weeks, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win?” Emmy poll, so visit TVLine.com daily to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s most distinguished honor. (For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.)

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  1. JLD for sure. She was so good in Veep this year.

  2. MrScreenAddict says:

    Usually it bothers me when the Emmys just award the same person/show year after year. But now when it’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus because she has *actually* been the best actress in a comedy for five years running now.

  3. ABG. says:

    Tracee Ellis Ross is soooooooooooo good. JLD and Ellie were also great so I’d be happy with any of those three.

  4. Spence says:

    I’m rooting for Ellie this year. She brought so much growth and conflict to a character that could easily be 2-dimensionally optimistic.

  5. scimitar508 says:

    It’s also Candice Bergen’s record JLD would break

  6. Ronnie says:

    If JLD wins again this year, she should take herself out the race next year. It would be the same classy move that Candice Bergen did. Emmy voters can be so complacent in their voting that they don’t even consider the work of others. Think of the multiple and consecutive years Helen Hunt and Bergen won. When it comes to this category, it seems like they never look at the other work.

    • BlittleU says:

      Yes, it would definitely be the classy move if JLD followed in the footsteps of Candice Bergen and John Larroquette by taking her name out of contention….if she wins again.

  7. No denying that JLD deserves the award. She is perfection in this role. And think of all the years that she deserved one for Seinfeld, and lost to one of the Friends or Golden Girls.

    • RC says:

      JLD never lost to one of the Golden Girls (all the GG wins were in the 80s before Seinfeld was on the air) and only once to a Friend (Kudrow’s sole win in 1998). She lost three times to Laurie Metcalf (92-94), once to Christine Baranski, once to Kudrow and once to Kristen Johnston.

    • Louis-Dreyfus did win for Seinfeld, as a supporting actress in 1996.

  8. Jordan says:

    Rachel Bloom. I don’t care that she’s not nominated, they should give it to her anyway.

  9. Alec says:

    I love all of the nominees, but I think Laurie Metcalf or Tracee Ellis Ross will win. They were just perfection.

  10. A fan of TV says:

    Possible spoilers would be either Lily Tomlin or Amy Schumer, but probably neither…

  11. HAP says:

    JLD is a force of nature. I attended a graduation at Northwestern a number of years back where she gave the graduation speech. A homerun. Also her alma mater. But my sentimental choice in this group, especially considering Karma is Ellie Kemper who did not even get nominated last year.

  12. guest says:

    Laurie Metcalf hopefully will win for Horace and Pete… but she was also great in Getting on.

  13. George H. says:

    I think Ellie Kemper should get it. She is hilarious in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.