Emmys 2011: Predicting Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Here’s how it works: some of these ladies will get nominated, some deserve to get nominated and some haven’t got a chance in hell. I am listing everyone who’s a real player, but for MY dream ballot, the chosen six are written in orange. As I have said in the past, this is my list; if you don’t like what’s on it, go sign up for a website and make your own list. My money is that none of my nominees actually get on the final list…
Julie Bowen, Modern Family – I don’t like this show. Bowen, though, is an actress I have always liked. Hmmm… I wouldn’t be mad if she gets a nod.
Tamsin Greig, Episodes – In what is clearly a lead role, Greig owns Episodes, from the opening moments of the pilot. Her delivery is great and her timing is perfect. Her wit, her facial expressions… I truly enjoyed discovering this actress on a show that didn’t really get the attention it should have.
Allison Janney, Mr. Sunshine – She’s Allison Janney for cryin’ out loud. CJ Cregg. One of the most beloved TV actresses of our era. And she was hilarious in the just-okay Mr. Sunshine. No, seriously, hilarious.
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock – You already know that Krakowski is up for a nomination. She’s not a lock, like Tina Fey or Alec Baldwin, but let’s be honest: the work done on 30 Rock surpasses what goes on on most shows on a regular basis. Krakowski rocks.
Jane Lynch, Glee – Lynch won last year and is this year’s host. To be fair, she was under-utilized this year, so a nomination – while expected – might not come her way. That’s a lie. She will be nominated.
Christa Miller, Cougar Town – Never going to happen, but wouldn’t it be nice? Even if Cougar Town sneaks into this field, it’s Busy Phillips who would make the final six. A shame. Miller is doing great work, making me forget her two prior big roles (Scrubs, The Drew Carey Show).
Heather Morris, Glee – Going from a bit player to series regular to pivotal character in one season? Check. Who does that? Morris should garner a nomination for pulling that stunt. Besides, her Brittany is hilarious. The role is harder to play than one would think.
Busy Phillipps, Cougar Town – Love and adore her. From Freaks and Geeks to Dawson’s Creek to Cougar Town, Busy Phillipps has earned our respect. She’s a talented actress who has turned a role that could be caricature into a fleshed-out , Emmy-worthy contender.
Anna Deveare Smith, Nurse Jackie – Will never, ever happen. That being said, I adore her. The fight to keep the Saints in her chapel, the thievery, the attempts to get First Lady Michelle Obama into the hospital, the pearls… Smith stepped her game up this season and I would love for her to be recognized.
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family – Hate the show. She’s pretty though.
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie – Watch any episode of Nurse Jackie. I need write no more. Give her the nomination. Give her the Emmy.
Vanessa Williams, Desperate Housewives – She doesn’t deserve be nominated for Housewives, but I’m still pissed she never won for Ugly Betty. Wilhelmina Slater is an icon.
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