For Your EMMY Consideration: Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series

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By: Kelly Thompson

Emmy nominations are less than a month away, which means that in just under a month I (along with all TV Addicts) will be whining and complaining about the actors and shows that did not make the ballet. So to help Emmy voters and give attention to the less-noticed contenders, I have compiled my list of Dream Nominations.

It is important to state here (before you sound off about it in the comments) I do not watch most HBO/Showtime shows or Mad Men so you will not find any of those below. But Mad Men and HBO/Showtime get enough attention as it is so this is more about the underdogs (along with some heaving hitters). The lists will also be uneven because … well because there are some actors/shows that I watch that haven’t earned a spot on my Dream List; I tried to have at least 3 in each category. Feel free to angrily tell me who or what I missed in the comments.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
• Amy Poehler, PARKS & RECREATION
• Mindy Kaling, THE MINDY PROJECT
• Julia Louise-Dreyfus, VEEP
• Amy Schumer, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER
• Taylor Schilling, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Ladies in comedies is at an all time high and there are multiple other contenders that could make this list. Kaling in The Mindy Project has my favorite comedic timing ever maybe. When she said the line about the information on a driver’s license being goals, I laughed for well over 10 minutes. And she was perfect in the finale, especially the bathroom scene when she said that she would be the stupidest person on the planet if she fell for Danny again. I almost left Schilling off this list and it wasn’t until I rewatched season 1 before watching season 2 of OITNB that I realized how good she was. While Piper can be annoying and infuriating, I still root for her and she just nails everything that is given to her. Poehler has always shown her A game for Parks and this season was no different. Hopefully she can ride her Golden Globe win into an Emmy win as well.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
• Chris Messina, THE MINDY PROJECT
• Jim Parsons, THE BIG BANG THEORY
• Louis C.K., LOUIE

Messina has completely figured out the character of Danny and if this season is any indication of what is come, you can expect Messina to be nominated for the foreseeable future. C.K. has some of the freshest stand-up sets to date and he brings all of that to his show. C.K. could take away the prize if it weren’t for Parsons. Sheldon made some of the biggest leaps in his development this season and Parson played all of them perfectly. He will most certainly be nominated and I’d put my money on him to win.

Kelly Thompson has been addicted to television for as far back as she can remember and the addiction has only grown as she’s getting older and television is becoming more readily available.  Two of the most important things in her life are Netflix and her DVR.  When she isn’t watching television, she is normally ranting about it to anyone that will listen and now that includes TheTVAddict readers.  You can also read her rants on twitter @TVwithKelly.

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