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Emmy Nominations | Comedy Writing, Directing and Guest Actors

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Posted: July 23, 2012

Emmy Awards
Last Thursday, I profiled the Emmy Award nominations in the major comedy categories: show, lead actor and actress and supporting actor and actress. Today, I take a look at the comedy writing, directing and guest actor categories.
In a landmark year, two women are nominated in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category: Lena Dunham for the Girls pilot and Amy Poehler for an episode of Parks and Recreation. Poehler has been nominated before in the Lead Comedic Actress category, and Parks and Recreation has been nominated as Outstanding Series. But, this is her first nomination for writing. Not bad for Dunham either to receive her writing nomination right out of the gate. The ladies face stiff competition in Chris McKenna for Community, Louis C.K. for Louie and Michael Schur for another episode of Parks and Recreation.
Lena Dunham and Louis C.K. also square off in the directing category for Girls and Louie, respectively. Their shows are two of the most talked about, beloved by critics and audiences alike for their freshness and incisive looks at modern life. Veteran director Jake Kasdan received a nomination for the pilot of freshman series New Girl. Jason Winer and Steven Levitan were nominated for two different episodes of Modern Family, and Robert B. Weide rounds out the category for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Guest stars also get their due on Emmy night. In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, two Saturday Night Live hosts (and former Bridesmaids co-stars) Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy are nominated. McCarthy is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, the category she won last year. Movie star Elizabeth Banks and comedian Margaret Cho got nods for their work on 30 Rock while Dot-Marie Jones received love for her turn on Glee. But, my favorite may be Kathy Bates. The veteran actress — also nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Harry’s Law — was recognized for playing Charlie Harper, the character embodied by the fired Charlie Sheen, on Two and A Half Men. So meta. So unforgettable.
Five-time Emmy Award winner Michael J. Fox pulled double duty this year, notching nominations in both Guest Lead Actor in a Comedy for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Guest Lead Actor in a Drama for The Good Wife. He will face off against film star Greg Kinnear (Modern Family), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Jimmy Fallon as host of Saturday Night Live, Will Arnett (30 Rock) and Jon Hamm (30 Rock), who is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Mad Men.
These Emmy races are too close to call, mainly because everyone’s work was top notch this past year.

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