Sunday, May 20, 2012

2012 Emmy Contenders: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2012 Contenders
Amy Poehler "Parks & Recreation"
Tina Fey "30 Rock"
Melissa McCarthy "Mike & Molly"
Laura Linney "The Big C"
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss "Veep"
Laura Dern "Enlightened"
Zooey Deschanel "New Girl"
Edie Falco "Nurse Jackie"
Martha Plimpton "Raising Hope"
Kaley Cuoco "The Big Bang Theory"
Lena Dunham "Girls"
Kristin Chenoweth "GCB"
Courtney Cox "Cougar Town"
Christina Applegate "Up All Night"
Patricia Heaton "The Middle"
Kat Dennings "2 Broke Girls"
Beth Behrs "2 Broke Girls"
Lea Michele "Glee"
Mary-Louise Parker "Weeds"
Fran Drescher "Happily Divorced"
Eva Longoria "Desperate Housewives"
Marcia Cross "Desperate Housewives"
Teri Hatcher "Desperate Housewives"
Felicity Huffman "Desperate Housewives"
Jane Levy "Suburgatory"
Kristen Ritter "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"

Commentary - Once again an interesting categories, there are as many contenders as in other categories, but among this select group there are at least 15 women with legitimate shots at getting nominations. So much competition in fact that last year's surprise winner Melissa McCarthy will have to fight just to get a second nomination for Mike and Molly. Other nominees from last year are also on the bubble. Martha Plimpton was a slightly surprising nomination, and with so many newcomers, I don't know if she will reap another bid. Laura Linney and Edie Falco are also on the bubble, but it might not be smart to bet against them, as both have always been a favorite of the Television Academy. Of last year's nominee, I am pretty confident about the return of both Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but in terms of wins they will face some stiff competition from newcomers. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss won this category for New Christine, and her performance on Veep is hilarious, and getting a lot of positive buzz. As is the performance of Golden Globe winner Laura Dern, also an Emmy favorite. Zooey Deschanel should get a nomination for her adorkable performance in New Girl, but it may be just a little bit too quirky for Emmy voters. Christina Applegate is also in the race for her role in Up All Night, but it might not have made enough of an impact. Other newcomers including the 2 Broke Girls, Lena Dunham, Jane Levy, and Kristen Ritter are also possibilities, albeit to a lesser extent. Also in the mix are previous winners, nominees, and television veterans, whose name recognition could be enough to get some recognition, including: Kaley Cuoco, Fran Drescher, Courtney Cox, Patricia Heaton, and Mary-Louise Parker. Finally, I wonder about the last season of Desperate Housewives, and whether sentimentality will render any final nods for its wonderful ladies.


  1. If you have seen lea michele's performance on glee this season, she will win. I am very critical on tbat show. Last season it tanked. But michele had that show on her back. This season she killed it. She brought amazing comedy and then all the emotional scenes were so real. I think she was snubbed the first season and deserves a win this year for her excellent work. As for the ninees. I think lea, amy, tina, kaley, zoeey, laura. I think a lot of comedies this year sunk, i think 30 rock and parks are alright, but not out of the park, glee shouldnt be nominated as a show although they might they really picked it up toward the end of the season, and new girl is ok, zooey will probably be nominated but.i thought her acting wasnt anything extraordinary. Lea is my suprising pick.

  2. The problem is that she didn't get a nod last year, and this season of Glee (not her performance which is good as always) was rough to say the least. I just think with so many names she won't make the cut.