Hands down, the highlight of the 2011 Emmy ceremony were the pre-statuette hijinks by the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. And while Raising Hope‘s Martha Plimpton and The Big C‘s Laura Linney got left off the ballot and thus won’t be able to help present the category winner with a ceremonial crown and sash, there are three new nominees in the mix, and hopefully they’ll bring the same spirit of wackiness to the 2012 telecast.
Actually, is there any chance Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, and Girls‘ Lena Dunham wouldn’t be down for following Pied Piper Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation? Let’s hope not! Also in this year’s race are 2011 champ Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), 2010 winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), and 2008 victor Tina Fey (30 Rock). (Lest we forget, Louis-Dreyfus herself won in 2006, for her work on The New Adventures of Old Christine.)
What would you do if you had the power to send one of these fine actresses to the podium when the Emmys are handed out in September? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite — TVLine voting closes Sept. 14, so act now! — then hit the comments to justify your pick!
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