EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS : Comedy Actress

 
The Contenders

Amy Poehler
(Parks and ..)

Ashley Rickards
(Awkward)

Beth Behrs
(2 Broke Gi..)

Brooke Elliott
(Drop Dead ..)

Christina Apple
(Up All Nig..)

Courteney Cox
(Cougar Tow..)

Edie Falco
(Nurse Jack..)

Felicity Huffma
(Desperate ..)

Fran Drescher
(Happily Di..)

Jane Levy
(Suburgator..)

Julia Louis-Dre
(Veep)

Kat Dennings
(2 Broke Gi..)

Krysten Ritter
(Dont Trust..)

Laura Dern
(Enlightene..)

Laura Linney
(The Big C)

Lea Michele
(Glee)

Lena Dunham
(Girls)

Leslie Bibb
(GCB)

Martha Plimpton
(Raising Ho..)

Mary-Louise Par
(Weeds)

Melissa McCarth
(Mike and M..)

Patricia Heaton
(The Middle)

Tina Fey
(30 Rock)

Whitney Cumming
(Whitney)

Zooey Deschanel
(New Girl)
Comedy Actress

All six of last year's Emmy Award nominees for Best Comedy Actress are eligible to contend again in 2012, but there are also several other strong candidates hoping to push into the field. 2011 winner Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly"), previous winners Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), and nominees Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope"), and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") are the ladies who would like to return.

Actresses from rookie shows include Christina Applegate ("Up All Night"), Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings ("2 Broke Girls"), Leslie Bibb ("GCB"), Whitney Cummings ("Whitney"), Laura Dern ("Enlightened"), Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"), Fran Drescher ("Happily Divorced"), Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Jane Levy ("Suburgatory"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), and Ashley Rickards ("Awkward").

From returning laffers, the possibilities are Courteney Cox ("Cougar Town"), Brooke Elliott ("Drop Dead Diva"), Patricia Heaton ("The Middle"), Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives"), Lea Michele ("Glee"), and Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds").

Experts’ Rankings
Robert Bianco
Debra Birnbaum
Lynn Elber
1
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
2
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel
Melissa McCarthy
3
Lena Dunham
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Laura Dern
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
2
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Laura Dern
Amy Poehler
3
Zooey Deschanel
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Zooey Deschanel
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