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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:25AM
The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category. Today we look at the comedy side of the ledger and the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category.

Toni Collette, 'United States of Tara'
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
Lea Michele, 'Glee'
Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation'

Who will win:
When I saw that Edie Falco had submitted the pilot for 'Nurse Jackie,' it hit me that she didn't get nominated for the show last year. Since the pilot aired about a week after the 2010 eligibility period started, the Academy has had well over a year to ruminate over Falco's strong out-of-the-gate performance in that pilot, where the entire web of lies Jackie has set up get revealed in a quick 30 minutes. Considering her Emmy history -- seven nominations, three wins -- it's very easy to see Falco standing on stage with the Emmy this year.

Who should win: Either Falco or Collette. Collette won last year, and it's not like her performance suffered any this year. I just get the feeling that the Academy voters will vote for Falco just on 'Sopranos' muscle memory alone.

Dark Horse: Poehler. Since Nick Offerman wasn't nominated, there should be some recognition for the vast improvement of 'Parks and Recreation' in its second season. And Amy Poehler represents that improvement in a nutshell. Her character of Leslie Knope went from a well-meaning but slightly befuddled Michael Scott clone in season one to an earnest, driven, career-oriented do-gooder who is self-assured at times and woefully insecure at others. And those layers of Poehler's personality would have never been present without Poehler's nuanced performances throughout the season.

(Oh, and there's an even shot that Lea Michele will shock everyone and take it from her veteran co-nominees if voters get caught up in 'Glee' fever. Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Who do you think will take home the Emmy?

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Michele impresses me at times, but comes across as wooden in certain scenes as well. This is why some stage people don't translate well to movies and TV--their blank expressions....

I would give Falco the win easily--she is HILARIOUS. I hate when people complain about Nurse Jackie not being a comedy. It's a dramedy--but it still flings out great, dark humor. So happy it got a series nomination as well. It's confusing, since it's for both seasons 1 + 2 (Is this an Emmy first?), and her co-stars were all snubbed, but that aside, kudos to them for acknowledging Falco and NJ.

I have much love for Collette too and wouldn't mind a second win. But I agree about your dark horse choice--I would love, love, LOVE to see Poehler win!

August 26 2010 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Julia or Tina!

August 26 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carole del monte

I don't consider Nurse Jackie a comedy, nor Glee, either. Nurse Jackie is more of a drama. I don't have a category name for Glee, which is just a bunch of screaming & overacting. The only thing about that series is Jane Lynch.

August 25 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that Edie Falco will probably win, but in my opinion Toni Collette is the one that SHOULD win. Falco does a great job on 'Nurse Jackie', but I think it's not as impressive as Collette's work on 'United States of Tara'. I really do think Collette should win, especially taking into consideration the episode that she submitted ("Torando!") vs. the episode Falco submitted ("Pilot").

August 24 2010 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a big fan of Nurse Jackie..but I would never think of it as a comedy!
I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus would be my pick!

August 24 2010 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lea Michele, 'Glee'

August 24 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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