Emmys: Favorites for Performers in Comedy

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We’re now 21 days until the Emmy Nominations are announced, and there’s still a lot of speculation on who will be nominated in the performing categories. It was a great year for shows and performers alike, with more and more people pushing for an Outstanding Ensemble category, to complement the best overall cast in a show.

Edie Falco and Tina Fey are absolute locks to get a nom in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedycategory, for their performances in Nurse Jackie and 30 Rock, respectively. Other early favorites include Lea Michele (Glee), Toni Collette (which would be her last nod for United States of Tara; the show was canceled last month by Showtime), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). If Amy Poehler gets nominated, I will launch a full blown campaign to support her in winning the category. No one deserves that Emmy more than Poehler, and her performance in Parks was unforgettably hilarious.

For Outstanding Supporting Actress, Jane Lynch (Glee) will of course get a nomination, as will Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara (both Modern Family). Speaking of Vergara, she may actually win this year. In season 2 of Modern Family, she made her character Gloria more three-dimensional than ever, and brought in more laughs than any other supporting actress in any other show this season, and for her to win would be a dream. Another early favorite is Rashida Jones (Parks), who also had a breakout season on her respective show (that would be another dream nod).

For Actors, expect Steve Carell to get a final nod for The Office and the usually nominated Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock. Also look out for Louis C.K. who’s critically acclaimed show(FX’s Louie) could get a nod by the academy for the first time this year. Another Lead Actor to pay close attention to is Joel McHale from NBC’s Community. He announced the nominations last year and had no noms at all for Community, but this year is different, and with less and less true contenders for lead actor, he might finally get one. A bit of a shocking, but slightly understandable turn, Rob Lowe has submitted himself in the Outstanding Lead Actor category for his performance as Chris Traeger on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Even though he is more of a supporting actor, his male colleagues (Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, and Nick Offerman) have submitted themselves as supporting actors, and that would be much too crowded and less likely for any of them to get a nom, especially because of competition from Modern Family. Speaking of supporting actors, the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy gets tougher and tougher each year, with the Parks actors all up to get a nom. Nick Offerman seems the most likely to get a nom, and that is great news (yet another dream nod)! The actors of Modern Family are all up for this category (Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell), and your guess is as good as mine as to who will get nominated and who won’t.

I think we covered everything for Comedy, right? Come back next Thursday for the early favorites on the Drama side!

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