Will success of ‘Inside Out’ help Amy Poehler (‘Parks and Recreation’) FINALLY win that Emmy?

When Melissa McCarthy won the Emmy for “Mike and Molly” in 2011, awards pundits wondered if her mega success in the film “Bridesmaids” helped push her over the edge. Might the same be true for Amy Poehler? She said goodbye to “Parks and Recreation” earlier this year, but is fresh in voters’ minds now as Pixar’s animated “Inside Out” hits theaters in the midst of Emmy voting. Talk about perfect timing.

We took to the forums to see if our users think Poehler is Emmy-bound following the success of “Inside Out.” Sample comments are below. Click here to join the discussion.

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AMG: I don’t think it’s as strong a case as it is for McCarthy and Schumer with “Spy” and “Trainwreck,” just because it is an animated role. If she had a “Bridesmaids” type role, then I think she would pose a bigger threat.

Irishmovielover4ever: Amy Poehler winning would continue to trend for overdue actresses winning this year. First Julianne Moore won the Oscar and next Kelli O’Hara won the Tony. Poehler winning would be deserved for her years of work and there is a strong case for her.

smurty11: If she’s nominated, her best shot to win would have to be the “Leslie and Ron” episode. The finale didn’t give her enough screen time. I hope “Inside Out” helps her win, her voice-work in the movie is very well done as well. Annie Award winner?

PianoMann: I think “Inside Out” helps Poehler if only because her name is back in popular conversation. “Parks and Rec” ended a long time ago, in Emmy terms at least, and while she has always been a likely nominee, it’s beneficial that her name is attached to a huge project. I still don’t think she’ll be competitive for the win, though.

ETPhoneHome: I agree that it will help her retain her nomination, but by the time the Emmys are voting for the actual winner, it won’t give her much momentum. For that she will still need the best submission, which I’m not sure she has.

TWNickPeek: No. Melissa McCarthy was deemed the standout and got tons of nominations for her role. She was the “it girl.” Amy Poehler is not. “Inside Out” is an animated movie. I think she is going to have the same fate Steve Carell had for “The Office.”

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