The Emmy nominations are out, and that means we're breaking down the list of Best Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nominees for 2011. This list includes veteran TV stars, some newcomers - and some who've been nominated many, many times before. Last year's winner in this category, Edie Falco ('Nurse Jackie'), is nominated again, for example. Each and every one of these women have contributed some seriously funny moments to their respective comedy shows - some over many seasons, and some more recently. Behold, the 2011 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series! Feel free, of course, to rank your favorites. Anyone you really like get snubbed? That's what comments are for - rant away!FYI: If you're looking for more 2011 Emmy nominee information, check out our lists of nominees for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series! The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011, in Los Angeles - where else?
Actress and comedienne Amy Poehler has spent her entire career making us laugh, so it's only fitting that she's a 2011 Emmy nominee for Best Actress in the comedy series 'Parks & Recreation.' This is Poehler's second nomination in this category - she was up against Edie Falco (and lost), in 2010. She's also been nominated twice before as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Saturday Night Live.' She's never won. Could 2011 be Poehler's year? Once again, she's up against fellow 'SNL' alum Tina Fey ('30 Rock'), in this Emmy category.
Did you really think we could make any Emmy nominations list that concerns funny women without including Tina Fey? Apparently the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn't either, because once again, Fey is nominated for her role as Liz Lemon on '30 Rock' (a show she created). Yes, Fey is a critical darling, having received - hang on, we don't have enough fingers to count - yes, seven Emmy awards over the past decade. Several were for her work on 'Saturday Night Live,' but she's also won multiple Emmys for '30 Rock' - including in the Lead Actress and writing categories. In fact, she's been nominated in the Best Actress/Comedy Series category every year since...2007. Yep, Tina Fey can do it all. Oh, she also received The Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010.
This is Martha Plimpton's first Emmy nomination for the FOX sitcom 'Raising Hope,' but she's also no stranger to the Emmy Awards, having been nominated once before for her work on 'Law & Order: SVU.' That guest role, of course, was decidedly NOT comedy work! Plimpton's role as Virginia Chance on 'Raising Hope' is definitely worth of a Best Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy nomination. Oh, and we LOVED HER in 'The Goonies.' Had to say it, just had to.
Laura Linney is no stranger to awards - she's won multiple Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and received three Academy Award nominations over the course of her long and successful Hollywood career. Her return to television on Showtime's 'The Big C' in 2010 garnered her a Golden Globe award in January of 2011. Now, Linney is again up for an Emmy: She's one of six talented ladies vying for the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy in 2011.