Magazine article Variety

Familiar Faces of Funny Ladies Rule Contest

Magazine article Variety

Familiar Faces of Funny Ladies Rule Contest

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THERE ARE A lot of returning faces in the guest actress category. Look for multiple Emmy winners Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf to repeat in this category for their work as the mothers of leads Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki on "The Big Bang Theory" - Baranski already has four noms for the role, while Metcalf has one. Three of the four times Melissa McCarthy has hosted "SNL" has led to a nomination here, and this year she has the bonus of her impeccable Sean Spicer imitation. Elizabeth Banks has also been nominated in the category before for "Modern Family," but she faces serious competition from other "Family" guests like Dot-Marie Jones and Jane Krakowski. Another show with great guests is "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which had turns by Laura Dern, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Amy Sedaris. And Carrie Fisher should lock a nod for her swan song on "Catastrophe." Previous nominee Kristen Wiig had an entire episode dedicated to her on "The Last Man on Earth." And Rosie O'Donnell could earn her first nod in this category since 1996, when she played herself on "The Larry Sanders Show." Possible new faces include "Transparent" scene stealer Trace Lysette and "Black-ish" standout Anna Deavere Smith. F2

Recent Winners


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, "SNL"


Joan Cusack, "Shameless"


Uzo Aduba, "Orange Is the New Black"

On the Bubble

Jane Adams


Becky Ann Baker


Angela Bassett

Master of None

Laura Dern

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Dot-Marie Jones

Modern Family

Jane Krakowski

Modern Family

Sally Phillips




Maya Rudolph

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Amy Sedaris

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Samira Wiley

You're The Worst

Alfre Woodard

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Dark Horses

Fatima Ansari

Master of None

Sarah Baker

Better Things

Kristen Bell


Rachel Dratch

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Megan Fox

New Girl

Melanie Lynskey


Wendie Malick

American Housewife

Rebecca Metz

Better Things

Catherine O'Hara

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Jenny O'Hara


Aubrey Plaza

Drunk History

Maya Rudolph

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Amy Ryan

High Maintenance

Sarah Silverman


Lois Smith

Grace and Frankie

Nicole Sullivan


Susan Sullivan

The Real O'Neals

Uma Thurman


Chloe Webb


Stephnie Weir

I Love Dick

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