2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Actress in a Comedy and Drama Series PREDICTIONS

2011 EMMY AWARDS Best Actress in a Comedy and Drama Series

BEST ACTRESS in a COMEDY SERIES
 

There are a few omissions, notably Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory, whose character, along with Jim Parsons’, gives the show its heart. Of course Lea Michele is a very talented actress who should have been nominated if the writers on Glee treated her character as anything other than a promiscuous singing vagina. But the playing field is pretty thin and so long as Poehler got nominated, I’m a happy camper.

6. EDIE FALCO as JACKIE PEYTON in NURSE JACKIE
 

She won last year and redeemed herself at the podium with a very funny acceptance speech. But she can’t win again.

5. LAURA LINNEY as CATHY JAMISON in THE BIG C
 

Laura Linney THE BIG C

If this were Best Actress is a Cantankerous Cancer Craven Comedy, then she’s waltz away with the prize. Then again, this is the Emmys, who worship at the altar of their big brother Oscar so…aw man.

4. MELISSA MCCARTHY as MOLLY FLYNN in MIKE & MOLLY
 

It’s not so much a nomination for her role as Molly Flynn as it is a nomination for her scene stealing cracker of a role on Bridesmaids. You know what? She was so good on Bridesmaids, why the hell not give her an indirect nomination? The Oscars are much too stodgy to do so.

3. TINA FEY as LIZ LEMON in 30 ROCK
 

30 ROCK "Respawn"

Liz Lemon rocks, Tina Fey rocks. Of course she’s nominated. But she’s got herself a wheelbarrow of Emmys so don’t expect to see her delivering yet another cracker of an acceptance speech anytime soon.

2. MARTHA PLIMPTON as VIRGINIA CHANCE in RAISING HOPE
 

Raising Hope may not be as funny as the opening fifteen minutes of the pilot suggested it would be, but watching Martha Plimpton every week is more than enough reason to stick with the show. She so deserves the nomination, and if this were any other year I’d chuck her the Emmy and be done with it….

1. AMY POEHLER as LESLIE KNOPE in PARKS AND RECREATION
 

…but Leslie Knope is in da house! Can I get a woot woot? Who doesn’t aspire to be Leslie Knope? No one? Good. Amy Poehler is the star of the best comedy on television (okay, maybe it’s tied with Louie. Maybe.) and she’s a very good reason to watch the show: Leslie is exciting, excitable, enthusiastic, energetic, engaging-any adjective beginning with an ‘e’, she’s it! She’s awesome and she should win because she’s awesome and funny and fantastic. Leslie Knope for 2012! (you think I’m joking)

BEST ACTRESS in a DRAMA
 

What can I say about this list, other than outside of Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy, it’s easily the most disappointing crop of nominees? Oh sure, Marguleis, Enos, Moss and Britton deserve to be there. And yes, Kathy Bates is a terrific actress, but really? For Harry’s Law? And Hargitay…either the Television Academy are really into kinky violent sex crimes, or Hargitay is just super nice in person, but…seriously? There was no room for Regina King? Katey Sagal? Not even Piper Perabo, at least for an unpredicted chuckle? No…okay…

6. KATHY BATES as HARRIET “HARRY” KORN in HARRY’S LAW
 

So…this happened.

5. MARISKA HARGITAY as DET. OLIVIA BENSON in LAW & ORDER: SVU
 

So…this happened…again.

4. MIREILLE ENOS as SARAH LINDEN in THE KILLING
 

Sure, the showrunner of The Killing, Veena Sud, had no idea what the hell she was doing. But Enos sure did and it was in large part thanks to her subtle, solemn performance that the ridiculousness of so many plotlines went unheeded for so long. She was a magnetic presence on a show which, in the end, gave her little to sink her teeth in to, but she captivated the audience every step of the way.

3. JULIANNA MARGULEIS as ALICIA FLORRICK in THE GOOD WIFE
 

THE GOOD WIFE "Raw Deal" CBS

She’s fantastic as Alicia Florrick, a generous ensemble actress who can never be accused of scene stealing. The thing that makes this all the more remarkable is that she’s totally capable of swiping the scene clean from under her fellow actors’ feet. The last three episodes of the second series, with the big emotional wallop which sent Alicia into a tailspin, illustrated this perfectly and makes it all the more impressive that she’s always shot for the small, intimate moments rather than going large. She carries the show so well that there’s no reason to believe she won’t be going home with a gold statue. Plus, the outcry of Kyra Sedgewick’s shock win last year certainly helps.

2. ELISABETH MOSS as PEGGY OLSON in MAD MEN
 

If “The Suitcase” cannot win Elisabeth Moss the Emmy, nothing can.

1. CONNIE BRITTON as TAMI TAYLOR in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
 

There is no way Britton is mounting those steps on the 18th. There is just not a hope in hell. But…wouldn’t it be awesome? Elisabeth Moss and Julianna Margulies will get their accolades in due course. Isn’t it time that Tami freakin’ Taylor got some Emmy love?

So, who are your picks for the Emmys 2011? Sound off in the comments below.

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