When it comes to funny ladies, this next category honors the best of the best.
Tonight, the 72nd annual Emmy Awards took place for the franchise’s first-ever virtual awards show. During the ceremony (which featured live appearances by Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston), Catherine O’Hara won the highly coveted statuette for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Schitt’s Creek.
The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category originally made its debut in 1954. Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Fleabag won last year’s award, beating out Applegate for Dead to Me, Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, Natasha Lyonne for Russian Doll and O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek.
Other previous winners include Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and The New Adventures of Old Christine, Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Toni Collette for United States of Tara, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, America Ferrera for Ugly Betty, Felicity Huffman for Desperate Housewives, Sarah Jessica Parker for Sex and the City, Debra Messing for Will & Grace, Jennifer Aniston for Friends, Patricia Heaton for Everybody Loves Raymond, Helen Hunt for Mad About You and Candice Bergen for Murphy Brown.
Louis-Dreyfus currently holds the record for most wins in this category, with six statuettes for Veep and one for The New Adventures of Old Christine, making a total of seven.