It's that time again: TV fanatics everywhere gather before their comfort devices to watch as the best of the best in television (well, some of the best of the best, anyway — looking at you, Broad City snub) convene in hopes of taking home the gold (dude with wings). And while we all should know deep down that Julia Louis-Dreyfus has the Best Actress, Comedy category on lock much the way Modern Family has its grips on Best Series, Comedy, there's part of me that holds out a little hope that fate has some big changes in store this season for the women nominated for 2015 Emmys.
Look, I love JLD as much as the next self-respecting comedy fan and I can admit that Veep and its star have an uncanny ability to maintain the same level of zeal and hilarity that they did in the pilot. But I'd like to see an upset here, for once. I'd take pretty much any of these talented ladies, but as a Parks and Recreation aficionado, I'm of course rooting for Leslie Knope herself, Miss Amy Poehler, to finally nab that trophy.
On the drama side, there is not a bad woman in the bunch — Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Tatiana Maslany, and Robin Wright are all so, so deserving it hurts. Then there's Elisabeth Moss, whose final turn as Peggy Olson on Mad Men made my heart swell. There's not a bad choice in the bunch. And don't even get me started on the supporting categories.
While the numbers behind the scenes on TV are more than a little disheartening, in front of the camera, it was clearly a great year to be a woman. And this attempt at picking frontrunners shows exactly why:
Key: (From top left, Row: 1 Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Moss, Julie Bowen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Row 2: Mayim Bialik,Taraji P. Henson, Amy Schumer, Joanne Froggatt, Lena Headey, Uzo Aduba, Christine Baranski, Allison Janney. Row 3: Niecy Nash, Robin Wright, Christina Hendricks, Lisa Kudrow, Claire Danes. Row 4: Gaby Hoffman, Tatiana Maslany, Kate McKinnon, Emilia Clarke, Lily Tomlin, Edie Falco.)
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