The TV Czar's Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
For some crazy reason, the Academy refuses to give me an Emmy ballot. Seems preposterous to me, but I suppose I have to accept their decision. Since they won't let me have my say, I've decided to submit my personal Emmy ballots via Technorati. The series will cover my ballots for the major Emmy awards leading up to the actual nominations on July 19.
We’re finally done with all of the supporting performances, now it’s time to get to the big guns.
Amy Poehler- Having finally found the sweet spot last season, Parks and Recreation did even more great things with Leslie Knope this season. They couldn’t have pulled it off without a superlative performance from Poehler, who played the emotional beats and the comedic beats with equal skill this season. It’s the sincerity of her character that keeps the show grounded and humble. Lesser actresses could not do what Poehler does for Parks and Recreation.
Tina Fey- In its sixth season, 30 Rock enjoyed a renaissance of sorts that culminated with perhaps their greatest season. While all of the actors seemed to step up their game, a lot of the credit has to go Tina Fey as the centerpiece of the show. She’s in a similar situation to Poehler where she has to play the awkward straight woman to a full catalog of caricatures and ridiculous behaviors. While the show is profoundly sillier than Parks and Recreation, the show couldn’t work without Fey’s grounding presence.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus- Watching Louis-Dreyfus portray Selina Meyer on Veep is very interesting. She plays a super-intelligent politician that constantly finds herself tripping over her own feet in public. It’s difficult to portray someone doing profoundly stupid things while still seeming intelligent. Louis-Dreyfus pulls it off in her best performance ever. Depending on how long this series lasts, you can see her adding to her Emmy collection before she is done here.Continued on the next page