August 12, 2014 at 7:43 am #327126
So, are you playing safe this year and picking JLD? Or are you doing a double somersault off the high dive for Melissa McCarthy? Or do you believe “OITNB” buzz and heat can propel Taylor Schilling?
Please explain your pick.August 12, 2014 at 8:21 am #327128
I’m constantly back and forth with this category.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: she has the heat, the show, the best role, the position as the first lady of comedy, etc., etc. But is her tape the best this year, like it was the past two years? That bathroom scene could push her over the egde; if it wasn’t for that, I’d say she may have missed out this year.
Amy Poehler: I just moved Poehler up to second place from fourth, because she has a drunk tape, she’s overdue, she’s fresh from a Golden Globe win, and she’s everywhere nowadays, whether it’s hosting the Globes, whether it’s presenting at the Emmys, or having a movie coming out… Emmy could finally give her a hug this year.
Melissa McCarthy: Not laugh out loud funny, but touching and subtle, unusually so for McCarthy. It only hit me yesterday that McCarthy has a lot of the same stuff in her tape that Ricky Gervais has in his… Crying over the loss of a parent, awkward humor with a one-on-one scene partner (Derek’s date, McCarthy’s therapy session), confrontation-esque scene (Molly at the dinner table, Derek in the nursing home before the date)… Wouldn’t it be funny to see two similar tapes prevail in the lead comedy acting races? If this had more bombastic, physically comedic moments, I might be more tempted to predict McCarthy to win. Unfortunately, it might be wishful thinking. I think the Emmys simply like her, and she’s an Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning established industry favorite. She gets in on those merits alone.
Taylor Schilling: I think if anyone’s going to win an Emmy night for this show, it’s Kate Mulgrew, who has the better (best?) role. I constantly say that if Schilling had submitted the Pilot, we might be having a different discussion; she would’ve been more threatening with that tape. ‘The Chickening’ is solid and has funny moments, but I don’t think it’ll push Schilling into a win. If this were 2011, and we were fresh off the wins of Toni Colette and Edie Falco, we might be more tempted to bet on Schilling. Unfortunately since then, voters have been more inclined to choose laffers in this category.
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Edie Falco: All I know is Falco is dynamite on Nurse Jackie, and could easily have had a shot at winning this year (and last) if it weren’t for her botched submissions. Why doesn’t she take her name out of the hat completely like Candice Bergen did if she’s so sick of winning? She always appears to be disinterested and annoyingly modest in interviews when the topic of awards is brought up, so why not just stop submitting yourself?
Lena Dunham: Mindy Kaling should be here instead.August 12, 2014 at 9:56 am #327129
Unlike Danes, Dreyfus is the best choice in the category for the third year in a row. I hope she has a great speech prepared.August 12, 2014 at 10:01 am #327130
^ I hope she doesn’t overdo it, though. I mean the SAG speech was a bit of an anti-climax, because it was so similar to her 2013 Emmy speech… My favorite was the 2012 Poehler/JLD speech mix-up.August 12, 2014 at 10:05 am #327131
^Or something like when all the nominees ran onstage when their name was called. There is always a bit prepared in this category, and it seems like it’s genuinely fun.August 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm #327132
I agree with dude93 on Lena Dunham not being greatlast season of Girls and Mindy Kaling should be here instead.
But, I am still on my high horse with Julia Louis-Dreyfus because it seems the love for Veep is growing what with their multiple nominations.
However, I am still behind an Edie Falco win, or an Orange is the New Black sweep, or even a Melissa McCarthy take over or finally, a speech of acceptance at the Emmys by one Amy Pohler.August 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm #327133
I’m gonna play it safe and predict Julia. Julia has so much heat on her that I still think she is the front runner. I had McCarthy at my number one position ever since the prediction center opened. So if she wins ill be kicking myself. But currently I’m going with Julia.August 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm #327134
I really think everyone is over estimating Melissa McCarthey.
This is a three way race between Amy Poehler, JLD, and Taylor Schilling.
I don’t think anyone else can win.
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.August 22, 2014 at 9:41 am #327135
I wrote this for my buddy CanadianSexFan:
5 reasons why Melissa McCarthy (‘Mike & Molly’) will win Best Comedy Actress at Emmys
http://www.goldderby.com/news/7087/melissa-mccarthy-mike-and-molly-cbs-emmys-best-comedy-actress-entertainment-195302648-story.htmlAugust 22, 2014 at 10:34 am #327136
I’m going with JLD, but not because it’s playing it safe. She’s an absolutely brilliant comedic actress, as we all know, and it seems this role was made for her. Maybe I’m biased because the humor on that show is far more to my taste than any of the others, with Nurse Jackie being very close behind. Veep makes me laugh, and so does Nurse Jackie, but the humor on that show comes mostly from the supporting characters. I adore Edie Falco, and think she’s one of the best actresses on television, regardless of genre… and if it weren’t for JLD in Veep, she’d be my #1. But it’s hard to deny JLD’s genius here, not just in the submitted episode, but throughout the entirety of the series (not just this season), and I’d be predicting her even if she weren’t the safe bet.August 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm #327137
I am boading the OITNB train and picking Schilling. Think she will get swept up in the love of the series. It’s just too hip, too cool, and too in to not vote for.
I would be safe and pick JLD otherwise, but she just feels so old in comparison and is already amply rewarded.