Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more charge a stacked category
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Attrition: We've got a bit of a problem here. All six nominees return for another shot at this category, including winner Melissa McCarthy. However, by my very conservative count, there are at least four new candidates who all have STRONG claims on nominations for a variety of reasons. And then there are two or three new contenders who *I* would strongly consider giving votes to if I had votes. It's reasonable to look at that Top 6 and imagine a minimum of two or three dropping out of the category and very plausibly three or four, including last year's winner. And it's not like the six women nominated LAST year weren't worthy. So... Yeah. I'm less sure of my predictions in this category than any other gallery I've done so far.