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Who'll break the curse against Emmy's funny ladies: Tina Fey, Toni Collette or Julia Louis-Dreyfus?

April 6, 2010 |  9:31 am

That's the intriguing Emmy question being posed by Darrin "DoubleD" Dortch in our forums. He notes:

Tina Fey Toni Collette Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In the late '80s and '90s, Candice Bergen and Helen Hunt dominated the lead comedy actress category at the Emmys. Only Kirstie Alley and Roseanne managed to win over Bergen and Hunt's 11-year Emmy reign. Then Patricia Heaton won two consecutive Emmys in the category in 2000 and 2001.

Critics and pundits slammed the Emmys for constantly awarding the same actresses in the category. Bergen, Hunt and Heaton's second Emmy wins were heavily criticized.

Since 2002, no actress has won the lead comedy actress Emmy more than once. Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing, Sarah Jessica Parker, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, America Ferrera and Tina Fey have all had multiple nominations in the category, but all have only managed one win.

This is unprecedented at the Emmys. I can't believe that there hasn't been a repeat winner in the lead comedy actress category in eight years! In the '70s and '80s, for instance, Jane Curtin, Jean Stapleton and Mary Tyler Moore won the category multiple times.

So which current actress will break this trend?

Can Toni Collette repeat her win? Will Tina Fey score another win in this category? Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Or should Edie Falco, Courteney Cox, Mary Louise-Parker, Lea Michele, etc. start writing acceptance speeches?

See how our posters responded to the question here

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I think that Edie Falco stands a very good chance of winning this year, as does Lea Michele. If I were a betting woman though, I would put my money on Falco to take it.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for 2 separate shows though, so does that even count as a repeat?

Can we RETIRE the word "curse" when referring to friggin' meaningless award shows already? No wonder everyone HATES the media!

James- I think it's kinda ironic that you're sick of repeat winners, yet you want Julia Louise Dreyfuss to win again. Do you have a problem with "repeat winners"...or just with certain shows?

Anyway-I think lead comedy actress is the most competitve category this year. No doubt, 3 or 4 deserving people will be left out of the nominations. I think Edie Falco might get surprise win...maybe even Lea Michele if Glee ends up dominating!

I think it's a good thing -- i'm sick of repeat winners and I find it ridiculous that you would call this a curse. This is no curse. I'm sick of 30 rock and mad men getting every single award in sight -- it's not fair -- how about some Castle love for Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, James Roday for Psych and definitely one that is gonna upset the order of things -- glee with lea michelle and cory monteith. btw, julia louis dreyfuss had an awesome year on christine and I think she should win.

Julia Louis Dreyfus has won the emmy twice, just not consecutive years....and she is super sexy.

Recent Emmy winners in the comedy lead actress category has often gone to who is "hot/popular" at that moment. Tina Fey has proven her merit with a later win at the SAG & several have proven they might have been the correct choice with several nominations (before or after their win). On the positive perspective - perhaps the category is full of talented & deserving women & Emmy is smart enough to spread it around; or no one actress has been dominate in the category. I like to think of it as lots of talented actresses with an occassional mis-step along the way.



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