Actress Jane Lynch, left, executive producer Mark Burnett, center, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences president John Shaffner rollout of the red carpet for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. The Emmy Awards will take place Sunday, Sept. 18 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

For those following the buzz about the 63rd Emmy Awards, much of it has sounded more like a small screen Superbowl: “Mad Men vs. Boardwalk Empire,” “Louis C.K. vs. Steve Carell.” The exception: praise for the singular Jane Lynch by her Emmy-nominee peers. We at WVFC, on the other hand, have been keeping our applause lights for the group of over-40 actresses we highlighted as the summer began. Lynne Byrne explored for us the stellar contributions of Jayne Mansfield’s daughter, Mariska Hargitay; Carla Baranauckas cheered on Melissa McCarthy of “Mike and Molly”; Alexandra MacAaron talked about all the older women of Glee;  and publisher Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen meditated on Laura Linney’s cancer drama/comedy, “The Big C.”  That’s just a fraction of the nominees to cheer for; recent buzz HAS whispered  of an award for Kathy Bates, while WVFC contributor Tamar Bihari is rooting for Margo Martindale, below, for her work in “Justified.” Bihari also points out that the miniseries “Mildred Pierce deserves accolades for its 50-year-old pioneer producer, Christine Vachon.

Print out the list below, if you like, and use it as a scorecard. And add whoever strikes your fancy, whether she comes from our target group or not.

 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Margo Martindale, Justified Michelle Forbes, The Killing

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

  Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Photo: David Shankbone.

Tina Fey, 30 Rock   Laura Linney, The Big C  Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly   Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy

Jane Lynch, Glee

Betty White, Hot In Cleveland   Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy

  Kristin Chenoweth, Glee   Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope  Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie

   Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey   Diane Lane, Cinema Verite

 Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story  Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie

Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs

 


 

Who else are you looking out for? Lets us know in comments what you think!

 

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Woman in pink dress with Jon Stewart my neighbor Kahane Corn. She’s an incredible producer.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Are those the writers onstage for The Daily Show? Look how many women!!!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Maura, I completely agree!

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    This “musical” number is a mess. Some of this was funny on SNL — but that was SNL.

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Bill Macy’s looking rough. Hope the ratty hair is for a role.

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Who decided to kill the mood with MICHAEL BOLTON??

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    2 women onstage. 10 men. Familiar ratio.

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    These late-night shows ALWAYS frost me – almost ZERO women.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Here we go again. Obviously, writing is a boys’ club!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Helloooooo? What is wrong with THEM?

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I hear that millions of Americans watch reality television shows every night. What is wrong with me?

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    It does remind me to post our interview with Jenn Pozner: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/reality-bites-back-10-questions-for-jennifer-pozner-video.htm

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Jane is rocking that plum-colored dress. Gorgeous.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Errr … that would be OUR favorite part.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Chris, here comes are favorite part – the women of reality TV. They kind of remind me of Eleanor Roosevelt. You?

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Yikes, that clip of Toddlers and Tiaras was scary.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sorry, but the EmmyTones are dumb.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    “Why does every secretary expect a fur after I have sex with them? What am I made of furs?” … Sterling

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I saw that too. A class act, each one of them.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Loved the pagent idea. Each woman acted as if she were genuinely pleased to be there with the other women.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    LOVED her since Gilmore Girls!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Melissa McCarthy! What a wonderful choice!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Carla called it! Go Carla.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Amy, Melissa,Martha,Edie,Tina, Laura: All over 40!!!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Girl power onstage! You gotta love it.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Amy Poehler jumping the gun. Brilliant!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Rob Lowe, what a gorgeous guy.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Trying to salvage his career, me thinks.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Prayers for the people: Sheen is on stage. Oh Lord, will he self destruct or try public reinvention? This was courageous.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    CHARLIE SHEEN?????????????

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    “Welcome back to the Modern Family awards.” That was funny.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Great Calvin Klein ad! Loved the clothes and the black and white. Nice when the ads are great. Means that the demographics for the Emmy Awards are women who have wonderful taste and at least an aspirational budget.

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Didn’t you hear? Women aren’t funny, grrr.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    That was right, 2 out of 12.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Did you guys hear the list of other Modern Family writers? How many women were mentioned? 2 out of 12?

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Loved Julianna’s dress. And she was right about Modern Family. Bet it will be awkward on the set next time the cast goes to work.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    And Julianna Margulies is a class act, don’t you think?

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Modern Family is tough to beat!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Whoa. Poor Jane, no Emmy this year. But, she still gets to host the rest of the evening. (And, after all, she has a statue at home.)

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve had a crush on Moss (Peggy) since The West Wing. And she did amazing work in MM’s 4th season, so part of me is rooting for her.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I liked her Mad Men comments. “My haircut cost more than your house.” Also, very funny that she was coming on to Peggy. (She’s not the first lesbian to do so, if you’ve been following MM.)

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Jane’s opening number was perfect!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Sue vs. Jane. Yes!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    So exciting 63rd Prime Time Emmy Awards!

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Pat. I’m pretty sure Christina Hendricks is all real. (But, I agree about the dress.)

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    POW! Did Rob Lowe really say that “the Hollywood definition of catching up on lost family time: bringing your kids to awards shows they were too young for the last time you had a good moment in your career?”

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Yikes! What is Gwyneth Paltrow (who, by the way, has already won her Emmy for Glee which was given prior to tonight’s telecast) wearing?

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Can someone tell me what Christina Hendricks was thinking when she had breast augmentation that size? If those breasts are real, then what was her team thinking when they let her wear that dress?

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Laura Linney looks wonderful and is so articulate. Wearing Celine which is “extremely comfortable”. I signed on JUST IN TIME!

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I loved Edie Falco on The Sopranos. I love her even more as Nurse Jackie. Any actor who can go from a creating a pitch-perfect portrayal of a mobster’s wife to playing a drug-addicted nurse with an attitude—and make both characters sympathetic and likable—has my vote. Go Edie!

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