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.
Julie Bowen- As last year’s winner, she’s a lock to return to the category. That being said, Claire Dunphy had many amusing moments throughout the season on Modern Family. A lot of times, she comes off as a shrew, but when the writers get her right, she’s very funny. It’s clear that Julie Bowen knows what to do with good material.
Sofia Vergara- Along with her castmase Bowen, she’s the other 100% lock. In a subpar season (by their standards), Vergara was forced to carry Modern Family from a comedy standpoint far too often. She doesn’t always get the juiciest material to work with, but Vergara is a pro who always delivers. Regardless of how you felt about this season of Modern Family, you have to acknowledge that Vergara is a top 6 performer in her category.
Jane Krakowski- With 30 Rock enjoying its best season ever, it’s important to honor the people that made it happen. Occasionally a problem in seasons past, Krakowski really delivered as Jenna Maroney this year. Her “sexual walkabout” was the stuff of pure comedy gold. Anytime you can put The Lorax on your sex checklist, you’re going to get on my Emmy ballot. It’s a personal rule.
Cheryl Hines- I enjoyed Hines’ portrayal of Dallas Royce at the start of the season of Suburgatory, but as the season wore on, she was allowed to go deeper and turned out some really good stuff. Turning a caricature into a more than one-note character has to be worth something. Plus, she delivered the YouTube clip below.
Zosia Mamet- Mamet’s Shoshanna always seems like she is from an entirely different show than the rest of the cast of Girls. Still, the ability of her character to float in and out of scenes without really damaging the flow of the “usual” show is very well done. Supposedly, Lena Dunham didn’t plan on Shoshanna being a recurring character until Mamet blew her away. Now, it’s easy to see how Mamet did it.
Aubrey Plaza- A lot of Parks and Recreation favorites play to the same tune. It’s always hilarious, but it’s always fascinating to see characters grow and how the actors handle the change in their character. We got to watch it unfold this season with Plaza’s April. She was still her deadpan, morose self, but she began to grow up a little this season. Her famous scene with Ron where she tells him that she “wants to not do things… like you taught me” was one of my favorite moments of the season.
There’s my top six for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Who are your picks?