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. Clare aka carrisimaclara (twitter) says:

    Yvonne strahovski to win Emmy 1st choice

  2. Parisbynight says:

    Yvonne Strahoski is the best <3 <3 <3

    GO CHUCK – GO YVONNE

  3. AMC Fan says:

    1) Amy Poehler – Parks & Recreation
    2) Courtney Cox – Cougar Town
    3) Toni Collette – United States of Tara (She is on another level this season!)
    4) Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds (Will prob be forgotten, but deserves a nom this year!)
    5) Martha Plimpton – Raising Hope
    6) Tina Fey – 30 Rock

    The Showtime girls will prob be snubbed in favor of the other two (Laura Linney & Edie Falco). I’m hoping Martha and Courtney can breakthrough with noms!!!

  4. Lilly says:

    Courteney Cox and Tina Fey!

  5. kji says:

    COURTENEY COX
    COURTENEY COX
    COURTENEY COX
    COURTENEY COX
    COURTENEY COX
    COURTENEY COX

  6. henry says:

    Yvonne Strahovski she deserves it

    gogogoggogo.. =)

  7. panya says:

    YES!! YVONNE STRAHOVSKI DESERVES EMMY!! For those who watch CHUCK will know why :)

  8. kika says:

    Comedy queen
    Outstanding
    Unique
    Really funny
    Talented
    Exceptional
    Nice
    Elegant
    You deserve an Emmy Nomination

    COURTENEY COX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Wizkid says:

    Who the heck is amy…where is yvonne strahovski..she deserves it more than anyone

  10. Third Heat says:

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
    End of the list.

  11. yoyomama says:

    TINA FEY ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

    btw, that’s a very disappointed list ever. I mean, come on, Lea Michelle? She’s not a comedy actress. And in my opinion, Glee is not a comedy, it’s just bunch of kids singing. I swear to you, if you erase all of the songs, you wouldn’t find any funny bone there.

  12. wearing a tux says:

    that’s right TVLine!! Tina Fey is that good!!!

  13. juan says:

    I hope that Courtney Cox at least gets a nomination because she is amazing and the show is the best.

  14. jenna says:

    yeah at least a nomination for Courteney because she’s so funny and emmy always snubs her
    And I’m tired that always the same people who win like critic choice it’s Tina Fey again, she’s funny but come on she’s not the only

    the great surprise at CCTA is the victory of Busy Philipps!

    So EMMY WE FANS OF COURTENEY COX AND COUGAR TOWN WANT A NOMINATION FOR HER

  15. Carmen says:

    I think Yvonne from Chuck Deserves the Emmy!!! She is sooooo talented and a good actress. She has worked soo hard and Chuck is simply the BEST Show listed in the poll!! So GO YVONNE S. CHUCK FANS R THE BEST FANS EVER!!!!! :)

  16. Jess32 says:

    Courteney Cox. I really want Courteney Cox to be nominated. She deserves it so much. I’m tired of seeing her repeatedly get snubbed. She’s so good! I hope to see her on the Emmy nomination list year. Go Courteney!

  17. Benny says:

    I love every single actress on this poll but Toni Collette definitely deserves it hands down! One of the best most versatile actress of this century! Her performance in the final season of Tara was breathtaking.

  18. MG says:

    Courteney Cox needs to be nominated or maybe even win! She is so deserving of it now as Jules is amazing in Cougar Town! Patricia Heaton in the very much underrated sitcom the Middle needs to be nominated along with Martha Plimpton, & Tina Fey.

    Courteney Cox to win!! :)

  19. LizLemon01 says:

    Courteney Cox
    Tina Fey

  20. Gloria says:

    Yes! Please let it be Courteney Cox!

  21. Amber says:

    Sarah walker. Yvonne….. Romance/action/comidy…. No other like her

  22. Adriana says:

    Yvonne is the best ever !!!

  23. Luciana says:

    Wow, a lot of people from Brazil here, legal haha…
    And there’s a lot of rude people here too, but whatever…
    YVONNE STRAHOVSKI IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. June says:

    I love Yvonne but i dont find her funny at all.. just saying..

  25. jana says:

    COURTENEY COX!!!

  26. Noor Ch. says:

    LEA MICHELE !!! Vote for Lea!! She’s the beeeestttt!!!!!

  27. Noor Ch. says:

    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!! She’s beyoooondddd AMAZING!!!!!

  28. Rainmaker8 says:

    Laura Linney is awe inspiring as Cathy Jamison and she is the most deserving in her category. Good luck, Laura!

  29. Daniel Harwood says:

    yvonne strahovski for sure I really enjoyed her role in chuck

  30. Lucía says:

    Lea Michele is the best. Glee is the best.
    ¡¡¡¡VOTE LEA MICHELE!!!

  31. LGM01 says:

    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!!
    LEA MICHELE!!!
    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡VOTE FOR LEA MICHELE!!!!!!!!
    ¡¡¡¡¡SHE’S THE BEST!!!!!

  32. Igor says:

    Yvonne Strahovski,YOU ARE THE BEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSST :D

  33. Ebrahim hasan says:

    Excuse me i want kaley cuoco email address you will win award from mastercart if you agree this is my email /ebrahim57@live.com i love with from all the world

  34. Johnny says:

    Yvonne is the best actress of all the nominees and the power of her big fan since the beginning of her career and hope to win, too.
    fan from the Czech Republic

  35. Johnny says:

    Comedy queen
    Outstanding
    Unique
    Really funny
    Talented
    Exceptional
    Nice
    Elegant
    You deserve an Emmy Nomination
    Yvonne Strahovski!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Johnny says:

    喜劇女王
    傑出
    獨特
    真是可笑
    天才
    特殊
    尼斯
    典雅
    你應該有一個艾美獎提名
    伊馮娜Strahovski!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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