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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

Photos: Tina Fey (Wire Image), Toni Collette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

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