Amy Poehler aces award show appearances, so why does she never win?

Anyone who has watched a televised award show in the last three years knows how consistently Amy Poehler delivers at the marquee Hollywood events. Whether presenting at the SAG Awards with Neil Patrick Harris, orchestrating a beauty pageant in the middle of the Emmys, or hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey, Poehler is a staple of highlight reels.

So it’s especially ironic that the one memorable moment she’s rarely had a chance to deliver is an acceptance speech. Despite her popularity at award shows, she has thus far proven unpopular with award-givers.

That’s not uncommon at the Emmys, where several TV stars have been notoriously overlooked, including Michael C. Hall (“Dexter“), Hugh Laurie (“House“), Steve Carell (“The Office“), and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“) in recent years. But even they, though perennial also-rans at the Emmys, have nevertheless been awarded repeatedly elsewhere: all four are Golden Globe and SAG winners.

Poehler, on the contrary, has thus far earned seven Primetime Emmy nominations, two Daytime Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, two Satellite Award nominations, a PGA nomination, a SAG nomination, three WGA nominations, and two Television Critics Association nominations, but didn’t win any of them.

The one exception to her unusual awards drought was a Best Comedy Actress win at the 2012 Critics’ Choice TV Awards, which she shared in a tie with Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl“). You can also count the MTV Movie Award she won in 2009 for peeing in a sink in “Baby Mama.”

And Gold Derby’s readers love her most of all: she has won five times at the Gold Derby TV Awards, including last year‘s Performer of the Year prize.

Poehler could contend three times at the Emmys this year: Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress for “Parks and Recreation,” as well as a Special Class Program bid for hosting the Golden Globes.

Currently, our predictors rank “Park” eighth to win Best Comedy, while Poehler is fourth in the Comedy Actress race. If she does win the Special Class category, it would be fitting given her track record, so often the highlight of award shows, to finally win her first Emmy for hosting one.

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