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.
Zooey Deschanel- While Deschanel’s star didn’t enjoy quite the meteoric rise people were expecting, she still acquitted herself well enough in New Girl to be worthy of a nomination. She was lucky that some ancillary characters were allowed to rise to the fore, but she found out how to portray just the right mix of the hipster quirkiness in her character. By the end of the season, the show, and Deschanel, and really hit their stride.
Lena Dunham- After the first few episodes, I wondered how I was going to keep watching Girls if so many of the characters were so unlikable. I ended up sticking around for the entire season mostly because Dunham was so effective in the lead role. People can fuss all they want about the lack of diversity, but they can’t deny that Dunham wrote and starred in a show that captured the attention of television watchers. There were many strong performances on the show, but Dunham keeps the whole thing spinning in her own odd, self-deprecating way.
Jane Levy- At the beginning of the series, Suburgatory looked like a show that was going to split time between Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy as the father-daughter leads. However, as the show progressed, I became increasingly interested in what Tessa was up to as opposed to anything the adults of Chatswin had going on. Levy’s comedic timing and emoting abilities make her the perfect mix for the lead of a comedy with some heart. If the show can clear up some issues from the end of last season, Levy could have the opportunity to be nominated in this category many times.
You saw mine, now show me yours. Who are your picks for Lead Comedy Actress?