Magazine article Variety

Comedy Actress Hopefuls Are Pulling Double Duty

Magazine article Variety

Comedy Actress Hopefuls Are Pulling Double Duty

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After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on "Shameless," Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time - she didn't appear in the show's most recent season.

That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn f "Mom"] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama "House of Cards," as is Carrie Fisher ["Catastrophe"] for "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce." Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her "Where's the Bathroom" number in "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on 'The Walking Dead."

Natasha Lyonne ["Portlandia"] did standout work on "Orange Is the New Black," where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon ["Broad City"] and Judy Greer ["Mom"] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides.

Some actresses could even find themselves competing against themselves. Rhea Perlman is eligible for both "Mom" and "Getting On" this year. And Tina Fey is in a unique position; she was nominated here last year for her work as an attorney who bore a striking resemblance to Marcia Clark on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." This year, she appeared on the same show as a therapist with a penchant for drinking. But she's also eligible for hosting "Saturday Night Live" and in a rare move, she's submitted with her co-host Amy Poehler.

"Kimmy Schmidt" has an embarrassment of riches, with Lisa Kudrow appearing as Kimmy's mother and Amy Sedaris stealing every moment as the social-climbing friend to Jane Krakowski's divorcee.

Frontrunners

Christin« Baranski

THE BIG BANG THEORY

Elian Burstyn

MOM

Clair« Dan«s

MASTER OF NONE

Tina Fay

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Carri« Fisher

CATASTROPHE

Anjelica Huston

TRANSPARENT

Lisa Kudrow

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

Molissa McCarthy

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Rosi« O'Donnell

MOM

Amy Sadaris

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT

On the Bubble

Tina F«y and Amy Po«hl«r

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Kathryn Hahn

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Linda Lavin

MOM

M«lissa L«o

BROAD CITY

Rita Moreno

JANE THE VIRGIN

Emily Osment

MOM

Est«ll« Parsons

GRACE AND FRANKIE

Rh«a Perlman

GETTING ON

Maya Rudolph

DRUNK HISTORY

Kyra Sedgwick

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

J«nny Slate

GIRLS

Mira Sorvino

LADY DYNAMITE

Wanda Sykes

BLACK-ISH

Batty White

CROWDED

Dark Horses

Sasha Alexander

SHAMELESS

Becky Ann Baker

GIRLS

Lorraine Braceo

DICE

Alison Brie

TEACHERS

Danielle Brooks

MASTER OF NONE

Tovah Feldshuh

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Kathie Lee Gifford

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Ariana Grande

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Judy Greer

MOM

Regina Hall

BLACK-ISH

Melon Hardin

TRANSPARENT

Natasha Lyonne

PORTLANDIA

Kate McKinnon

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Kathy Najimy

YOUNGER

Cynthia Nixon

BROAD CITY

Archie Panjabi

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Rhea Perlman

MOM

Martha Plimpton

YOUNGER

Katey Sagal

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Sarah Silverman

LADY DYNAMITE

Octavia Spencer

DRUNK HISTORY

June Squibb

MOM

Michaela Watkins

TRANSPARENT

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