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!




Comments (721)

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

    Comment by rustysugar – June 8, 2011 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by kea – June 9, 2011 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GO Yvonne Strahovski, GO CHUCK (^.^)

    Comment by PatAttack – June 9, 2011 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lea Michele ALL THE WAY! She is the most talented, inspiring, hard working woman alive.

    Comment by Zoe – June 9, 2011 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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! :)

    Comment by Zoe – June 9, 2011 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lea Michele should win this nomination! She is such an amazing actress. She works so hard and i think that she should win this…:)

    Comment by Emily H. – June 9, 2011 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Maggie – June 9, 2011 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Tara34 – June 9, 2011 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I could not agree more! Cheering for Courteney Cox! Take her to the Emmys!

      Comment by FaithCGray – June 9, 2011 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox

    Comment by Megan910 – June 9, 2011 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope and bet Tina Fey gets nominated. Love her!

    Comment by JadeS767 – June 9, 2011 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Courteney Cox all the way! Glad to see so many in support of her! It’s time to give her an Emmy nomination.

    Comment by NYCGirl – June 9, 2011 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Courteney Cox

    Comment by Katie – June 9, 2011 09:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox
    Amy Poehler

    Could care less about the rest.

    Comment by SamT76 – June 9, 2011 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cougar Town fans unite! Let’s see Courteney Cox finally get an Emmy nomination! It is so over-due…

    Go Courteney!

    Comment by LeenaYost – June 9, 2011 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s got my vote!

      Comment by AaronColada – June 9, 2011 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She got one of my votes too. I loved her on Friends. Monica and Chandler were my favorites! I also love her on Cougar Town, Jules Cobb is too funny.

      Comment by LizLemon98 – June 9, 2011 09:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whooo hooo! Courtney Cox! I hope it’s her year. She is so deserving of that nomination.

      Comment by MartiniMixer86 – June 9, 2011 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would like to toss all six of my votes to Courteney Cox!

      Comment by LiveFromNY – June 9, 2011 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good luck to Courteney Cox! Let it be her year!

      Comment by Monica – June 10, 2011 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate Glee. Seriously? Why is she still even an option?

    Comment by PoehlerFan – June 9, 2011 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha! I could not agree more.

      Comment by DrBaileyFan – June 9, 2011 09:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I agree. That chick from Glee is ick. I hope she’s not nominated. I hope someone good like Tina Fey, or Amy Poehler, heck Courteney Cox gets nominated instead of her.

      Comment by dfrjeieji – June 9, 2011 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agree. Or Kaley Cuoco should get nominated. Along with Poehler, Cox, and Fey.

        Comment by Stardust89 – June 9, 2011 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can I give all six of my votes to Courteney Cox, because I mean that would be ideal.

    Comment by LivefromNY – June 9, 2011 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TINA FEY!

    Comment by JackLemon – June 9, 2011 09:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • COURTENEY COX
    TINA FEY
    AMY POEHLER
    KALEY CUOCO

    Comment by SarahY23 – June 10, 2011 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • go yvonneee she is a amazing girl GOOD LUCK YVONNEEE <3

    Comment by LAYDA_AY – June 10, 2011 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LEA MICHELEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    Comment by ladyxx – June 10, 2011 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Sara – June 10, 2011 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yvonne is the best actress of TV series ! I watch many other series, but she is really great!

    Comment by Nery – June 10, 2011 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TINA FEYYYY!!!!!!!!!! But I’ll be happy if the prize will go to Amy Poehler or Cortney Cox… They are my three favorites!

    Comment by Roseli da Silva – June 10, 2011 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tina Fey
    Courteney Cox
    Amy Poehler

    They are the best!

    Comment by Diane – June 10, 2011 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by nessa – June 11, 2011 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally Agree with you! She is the best candidats for this emmy!
    And really deserves it!

    Comment by Amy – June 11, 2011 05:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was speaking of Yvonne Strahovski of course!

      Comment by Amy – June 11, 2011 05:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Totally Agree with you! She is the best candidats for this emmy!

    Comment by Amy – June 11, 2011 05:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TWITITION FOR COURTENEY EMMY NOMINATION
    http://twitition.com/lnxoi
    SIGN AND RT

    Comment by nessa – June 11, 2011 05:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE Amy Poehler!!! <3! i hope either her or Tina win!! (but mostly i hope it's Amy)

    Comment by Spencer – June 12, 2011 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg, COURTENEY COX! No one on that list deserves it more than her. It’s her time!

    Comment by Sally98 – June 12, 2011 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yvonne I love youuuuuuuuuu))))) Vote for Yvonne Strahovski))))!!

    Comment by Stepan – June 13, 2011 03:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i really really love lea michrel and the other glee cast and i think lea is deserving to win thae emmy award

    Comment by jerwell – June 14, 2011 01:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Natasha – June 14, 2011 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Nursultan – June 14, 2011 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TWITITION FOR COURTENEY EMMY NOMINATION
    http://twitition.com/lnxoi
    SIGN AND RT

    Comment by Courteney Cox for the win – June 14, 2011 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mary-Louise Parker! HotHotHot!
    Go Weeds Season 7!

    Comment by Wayne Collins – June 14, 2011 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG!!!! Love Courteney! This is her year! Fingers crossed

    Comment by CougarTownSuperFan – June 14, 2011 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by lily – June 15, 2011 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Adi – June 15, 2011 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yvonne is the best actress for sure !!

    Comment by paul – June 15, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s COURTENEY COX BIRHDAY SO FANS OF HER VOTE FOR THIS AMAZING AND TALENTED ACTRESS

    Comment by Courteney Cox for the win – June 15, 2011 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mishal – June 16, 2011 02:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lea Michele need to win.

    Comment by SN – June 16, 2011 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my God, Courteney Cox! Hands down! Courteney Cox deserves it!

    Comment by Misty – June 16, 2011 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Courteney Cox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by LoveforCougarTown – June 16, 2011 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jade399 – June 16, 2011 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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%.

    Comment by gcg23 – June 16, 2011 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Julia zardo – June 16, 2011 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Bob – June 17, 2011 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Courteney Cox!!!

    Comment by sianna – June 17, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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