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More Emmy Chatter: The Comedy Acting Short Lists!

The Emmy nomination picture is really coming together now, thanks to the good folks over at Gold Derby. Yesterday, I shared what they dug up on the acting semifinalists in the drama categories, and now they've nearly rounded out their findings in the comedy categories (they have all the names but three of the lead comedy actors; I'll update when they release that info). As always, these lists aren't official-official, but Gold Derby knows its stuff.

So, that means it's time for another edition of SnubWatch: Who's the biggest omission from these lists? I'm a little surprised to see neither Becki Newton nor Michael Urie on the short lists, considering that their performances were often the funniest parts of Ugly Betty this season. Perhaps if my "More Marc and Amanda!" cries had been heeded earlier, voters could have seen their brilliance?

One observation: Overall, the comedy categories still draw very heavily from network TV, whereas half the actors in every drama category came from cable shows. I wonder if that will change in future years. Showtime has already announced a couple of new comedies in development, and I wonder if AMC or FX will give comedy a try next.

OK, enough setup! To see the nominees, just

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OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS — COMEDY
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? ("The Restraining Order")
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives ("Now You Know")
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty ("Odor in the Court")
Tina Fey, 30 Rock ("Sandwich Day")
Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies ("Bitter Sweets")
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives ("Now I Know, Don't Be Scared")
Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives ("In Buddy's Eyes")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine ("One and a Half Men")
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds ("Bill Sussman")
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program ("Bored of the Rings")

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR — COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock ("Rosemary's Baby")
Steve Carell, The Office ("Goodbye, Toby")
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm ("The Bat Mitzvah")
David Duchovny, Californication ("The Last Waltz")
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies ("Pie-lette")
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (?)
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men ("Is There a Mrs. Waffles?")
**more to come!**

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS — COMEDY
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies ("Girth")
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men ("Fish in a Drawer")
Jenna Fischer, The Office ("Fun Run")
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock ("The Collection")
Judith Light, Ugly Betty ("I See Me, ICU")
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds ("Risk")
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live ("Tina Fey")
Jean Smart, Samantha Who? ("The Girlfriend")
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men ("Media Room Slash Dungeon")
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty ("Bananas for Betty")

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR — COMEDY
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men ("Meander to Your Dander")
Kevin Dillon, Entourage ("The Dream Team")
Justin Kirk, Weeds ("Bill Sussman")
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother ("The Goat")
John Krasinski, The Office ("Branch Wars")
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock ("Episode 210")
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock ("Secrets and Lies")
Jeremy Piven, Entourage ("The Day F***ers")
Fred Willard, Back to You ("Cradle to Grave")
Rainn Wilson, The Office ("Money")

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
Aww Becki Newton and Michael Urie should definitely be on there... Here are my picks: OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS — COMEDY Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? ("The Restraining Order") Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives ("Now You Know") America Ferrera, Ugly Betty ("Odor in the Court") Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies ("Bitter Sweets") Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives ("Now I Know, Don't Be Scared") I like Tina Fey but I don't watch 30 Rock :( OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR — COMEDY Steve Carell, The Office ("Goodbye, Toby") David Duchovny, Californication ("The Last Waltz") Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies ("Pie-lette") I don't really like the other picks... OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS — COMEDY Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies ("Girth") Judith Light, Ugly Betty ("I See Me, ICU") Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live ("Tina Fey") Jean Smart, Samantha Who? ("The Girlfriend") Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty ("Bananas for Betty") OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR — COMEDY Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men ("Meander to Your Dander") Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother ("The Goat") John Krasinski, The Office ("Branch Wars") Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock ("Secrets and Lies") Rainn Wilson, The Office ("Money")
mikedamic mikedamic 7 years
Looks like the Emmy folks are more generous towards those in the twilights of their carreers than some of the younger talent who are pulling lots of weight. But the cast of Ugly Betty is wholly excellent, so it would be hard to say that Judith Light or especially Vanessa Williams didn't deserve a nomination. Still, Becki Newton and Michael Urie need to get some recognition somehow for carrying that show half the time.
MindayH MindayH 7 years
I agree with the Marc and Amanda point - they are the highlight of that show.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Yay for Justin Kirk! He is so hilarious on Weeds. :)
laneylaney laneylaney 7 years
glad to see jane krakowski on there.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Ugh. I agree on the lack of Marc and Amanda on here...and I don't like the Scrubs snubs. Business as usual, I guess.
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