With the Emmy nominations being announced in under a month, now is a good time to start predicting what and who will receive nods for the 2011-2012 season. Look below for ten of the strongest contenders in the race for an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (a very tough category).
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep:” She’s been nominated for over ten Emmys (and won a couple) and none of them were for her best work to date, as her role of Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep” has allowed us to see her at her absolute best. There’s no way she’ll be left off the ballot. She’s amazing.
2. Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation:” No way will Poehler not be nominated for her fantastic work as Leslie Knope in the fourth season of “Parks and Rec.” Leslie ran for office, which allowed Poehler to deliver a big speech at the end of the season. Her delivery of this speech should singlehandedly earn her a nomination. It also helps that she’s been nominated the past two years, but did even better work this season.
3. Tina Fey, “30 Rock:” Fey has been nominated every year (and won once) for her work as Liz Lemon on “30 Rock.” She continues to be terrific and will most likely earn herself another consecutive nomination. Especially if voters saw the episode where she dressed up like the Joker. She was absolutely brilliant (even more so than usual) in that episode.
4. Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl:” Adorkable to the max, as we all know by now! There’s plenty of hype surrounding both Deschanel and “New Girl,” but will she be nominated for an Emmy for her work as Jess Day? The answer to that question is most likely yes, as she gave a great performance and was previously recognized for a Golden Globe earlier this year.
5. Laura Dern, “Enlightened:” Dern, earlier this year, won the Golden Globe. That puts her on the map for Emmy voters and almost (though not completely) guarantees her a nomination, even if it isn’t a purely comedic role.
6. Lena Dunham, “Girls:” “Girls” has received a lot of buzz, as has Dunham. She’ll most likely receive her first nomination.
7. Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly:” McCarthy won last year for her role as Molly on CBS’ “Mike & Molly,” but this year she’s received a considerable amount of less buzz, so even though she was still great, she may not be recognized again this year. Especially since there are just so many worthy nominees this time around, with a lot of new comedic actresses taking the small screen by storm.
8. Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie:” Falco is a favorite to Emmy voters and she’s previously won for her role on the show. Some have also stated that she was even better in the fourth season than in the previous ones. However, as stated earlier, with so many new contenders, it’s possible that she could be one of the many talented actresses who is ousted.
9. Laura Linney, “The Big C:” Once again, she’s a favorite to Emmy voters, as she’s won three times before. She’s another one who could swoop in and receive a consecutive nomination for her not-strictly-comedic performance as Cathy Jamison.
10. Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope:” Plimpton was nominated last year for her wonderful role of Virginia Chance on Fox’s “Raising Hope.” She continued to be stellar throughout the show’s second season, but, unfortunately, the show doesn’t receive much buzz, so she may be knocked out of the race to allow for new blood.
Some others who have a possibility of surprising: Jane Levy of “Suburgatory” (she’s fantastic), Courteney Cox of “Cougar Town,” Patricia Heaton of “The Middle,” Mary Louise-Parker of “Weeds,” Lea Michele of “Glee,” Christina Applegate of “Up All Night,” Kat Dennings of “2 Broke Girls,” and Krysten Ritter of “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.”
What are your predictions? Comment below! Also, be sure to check out ten possible Emmy contenders in the Outstanding Comedy Series race.