Emmys

Emmys 2011: A Look at the Lead Comedy Actress Race — Including Our Dream Nominees

When it comes to the Emmy Awards, there’s no counting out 30 Rock’s Tina Fey. Ever. In 50 years, she’ll be Betty White. But this year’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series competition may be all about Showtime and its three show-stopping leading ladies. Will the Academy prescribe a consecutive win for Nurse Jackie’s Edie Falco, or will Toni Collette grab a second statue to go with Tara’s multiple personalities? Or could they and The Big C’s Laura Linney split the pay cable vote, leaving an opening for someone new, like Raising Hope’s Martha Plimpton?

Emmys 2011: Sizing Up the Best Comedy Race — And Sharing Our Dream Nominees

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s half-dozen Dream Nominees — then vote for your own favorite six below. And check back tomorrow for our review of the Lead Actor in a Comedy race!

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721 Comments
  1. rustysugar says:

    I Love Yvonne Strahovski !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. kea says:

    All i want is Yvonne! And well…CHUCK FANS SHOULD SING THEIR PRAISES BECAUSE WE ARE ALL LEADING THE POLLS. FROM BEST COMEDY ACTOR, ACTRESS AND BEST COMEDY SHOW. CHuck fans don’t just comment. We VOTE,rally and buy Subway Sandwiches. Unlike other fans hahahahaahhaha..Chuckawesome.

  3. PatAttack says:

    GO Yvonne Strahovski, GO CHUCK (^.^)

  4. Zoe says:

    Lea Michele ALL THE WAY! She is the most talented, inspiring, hard working woman alive.

  5. Zoe says:

    1 million percent AGREE! Lea Michele for the win! Rachel Berry has been my favorite character on glee since day 1, she cracks me up!! I love her! Lea & Rachel’s similarities are INCREDIBLE! I love their drive and passion for success. Lea deserves an emmy, because I know for a FACT she is the best singer & performer up there & FINALLY deserves to be appreciated for her talent! :)

  6. Emily H. says:

    Lea Michele should win this nomination! She is such an amazing actress. She works so hard and i think that she should win this…:)

  7. Maggie says:

    COURTENEY COX! I am so sick of seeing her get snubbed over and over again! She deserved a nomination over the other two women from Friends! This has got to be her year! I would love to see her nominated. She is too funny and her character on Cougar Town cracks me up. I would be happiest to see her get a nomination. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, I hope they are nominated too. But I would be so thrilled if Courteney Cox finally got nominated as well.

  8. Tara34 says:

    Courteney Cox should be recognized. I don’t want to see her get snubbed again, she’s too good for that. She was hilarious on Friends and is hilarious on Cougar Town. Shs is such a gifted talent and deserves to be noticed for that. GIVE HER AN EMMY NOMINATION!

  9. Megan910 says:

    Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox

  10. JadeS767 says:

    I hope and bet Tina Fey gets nominated. Love her!

  11. NYCGirl says:

    Courteney Cox all the way! Glad to see so many in support of her! It’s time to give her an Emmy nomination.

  12. Katie says:

    Courteney Cox

  13. SamT76 says:

    Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox
    Amy Poehler

    Could care less about the rest.

  14. LeenaYost says:

    Cougar Town fans unite! Let’s see Courteney Cox finally get an Emmy nomination! It is so over-due…

    Go Courteney!

  15. PoehlerFan says:

    I hate Glee. Seriously? Why is she still even an option?

  16. LivefromNY says:

    Can I give all six of my votes to Courteney Cox, because I mean that would be ideal.

  17. JackLemon says:

    TINA FEY!

  18. SarahY23 says:

    COURTENEY COX
    TINA FEY
    AMY POEHLER
    KALEY CUOCO

  19. LAYDA_AY says:

    go yvonneee she is a amazing girl GOOD LUCK YVONNEEE <3

  20. ladyxx says:

    LEA MICHELEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  21. Sara says:

    Yvonne Strahovski ! of course , she deserves it! I mean , she can do anything and she works to make it great everything she’s doing !!
    She is really an amazing actress who can not only act everything but can captive the viewers who can feel the same feeling she is playing, we are kind of living the show thanks to her terrific perfomance , and these persons who can feel this : it’s the Chuck Fans and that’s why we are the best because we know so well the way actors act but also we adore it so we want more than anyone else preserve that show :D ,and plus Yvonne is such an amazing person who doing not only great things on TV but also in life , she is fighting for many cause like for animals with Ken Mar Rescue and PETA.
    To sum up : She is really an amazing person and deserves to win an emmy and many others awards in her whole life!

  22. Nery says:

    Yvonne is the best actress of TV series ! I watch many other series, but she is really great!

  23. Roseli da Silva says:

    TINA FEYYYY!!!!!!!!!! But I’ll be happy if the prize will go to Amy Poehler or Cortney Cox… They are my three favorites!

  24. Diane says:

    Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox
    Amy Poehler

    They are the best!

  25. nessa says:

    COURTENEY COX ON COUGAR TOWN
    MOST UNDERRATED ACTRESS AND SHOW

    COUGAR TOWN FAN IF COURTENEY IS NOMINATED RAISE YOUR BIG CARL!

    TWITITION FOR COURTENEY EMMY NOMINATION

    http://twitition.com/lnxoi

    SIGN AND RT

  26. Amy says:

    Totally Agree with you! She is the best candidats for this emmy!
    And really deserves it!

  27. Amy says:

    Totally Agree with you! She is the best candidats for this emmy!

  28. nessa says:

    TWITITION FOR COURTENEY EMMY NOMINATION
    http://twitition.com/lnxoi
    SIGN AND RT

  29. Spencer says:

    I LOVE Amy Poehler!!! <3! i hope either her or Tina win!! (but mostly i hope it's Amy)

  30. Sally98 says:

    Omg, COURTENEY COX! No one on that list deserves it more than her. It’s her time!

  31. Stepan says:

    Yvonne I love youuuuuuuuuu))))) Vote for Yvonne Strahovski))))!!

  32. jerwell says:

    i really really love lea michrel and the other glee cast and i think lea is deserving to win thae emmy award

  33. Natasha says:

    Although I agree with all your comment about all the other actress, I feel that Lea Michele should win. She has proved her acting skills and vocals on screen. Furthermore, she opened up her insecurities about her looks on screen. It takes alot for a person-actress to actually be so connected with the audience. Plus, she can deliver her script so well and so fast and clear :DD Its impressive!

  34. Nursultan says:

    Lea Michele was nice in many episodes. But she is not even close to be good for Emmy nomination! she will probably get nominated, but only because of the popularity of Glee((
    Courteney Cox is literally what keeps Cougar town alive she is incredible! and she got plenty of episodes where she was really funny and showed everyone what comedy is! So se should get the award!

  35. Courteney Cox for the win says:

    TWITITION FOR COURTENEY EMMY NOMINATION
    http://twitition.com/lnxoi
    SIGN AND RT

  36. Wayne Collins says:

    Mary-Louise Parker! HotHotHot!
    Go Weeds Season 7!

  37. CougarTownSuperFan says:

    OMG!!!! Love Courteney! This is her year! Fingers crossed

  38. lily says:

    Lea is good actress but not for BEST comedy actress
    Same for Yvonne

    For me

    Courteney Cox, Tina fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Kaley Cuoco

  39. Adi says:

    COURTENEY COX IS A FOXXXXX

    VOTE FOR COURTENEY!
    she deserves a nomination. i cannot believe she didn’t get one for her portrayal of the fantastic Monica on Friends. she was the best on that show hands down! and now again, on Cougar Town, there’s no question. amongst all these wonderful actresses there IS tough competition but Courteney is a strong competitor. she is going to win. she has to. and it’s all up to us, her loyal fans who love seeing her act, because no one can do it better!

  40. paul says:

    Yvonne is the best actress for sure !!

  41. Courteney Cox for the win says:

    It’s COURTENEY COX BIRHDAY SO FANS OF HER VOTE FOR THIS AMAZING AND TALENTED ACTRESS

  42. Mishal says:

    Yeah, I have a beef with this. I love Lea Michele, but if she’s considered a “lead”, Chris Colfer should be too, but he’s in the supporting actor category. No matter, I’m just nitpicking.

    Lea’s great, but she’s not the most comedic actress. I’d expect Jane Lynch from Glee to be on this list instead.

  43. SN says:

    Lea Michele need to win.

  44. Misty says:

    Oh my God, Courteney Cox! Hands down! Courteney Cox deserves it!

  45. LoveforCougarTown says:

    Courteney Cox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Jade399 says:

    Winner better be Courteney Cox or Tina Fey. Though, I am leaning toward Courteney, it’s her year! Enough is enough! Give that girl a nomination!

  47. gcg23 says:

    Yes, Yvonne Strahovski!
    i’d be really happy if she wins. and go completely nuts if she and Zac walk away with the awards. i really think she deserves it, especially after Chuck vs phase three. she’s an amazing, talented actress. vote for Yvonne currently at 19.34%.

  48. Julia zardo says:

    We have to see the actress in full, interpret, sings, dances, and Lea Michele have all this,of course that others deserve so much that are on the list, but I think at this point is who deserves to win my dear Lea Michele.

  49. Bob says:

    Yvonne Strahoski was a great surprise qhen she first appeared on TV. She is very , very talented. She will probably be among the best actresses of the decade, soon people will realize that.

  50. sianna says:

    Courteney Cox!!!

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