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 11:02 pm

    Good night all. Thanks so much for a great evening.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks, Pat. Good-night everyone!

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I watched all 4 seasons of MM in about 2 weeks this summer. I’ll miss it during its upcoming year off.

    But tonight, AMY POEHLER WAS ROBBED,That is all. Gnight and thanks so much!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This was so much fun, team WVFC! The Husband would never stay up and watch an awards show so this is like a virtual pj party. Loved everyone’s comments and insight.

    See you next year!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I am convinced that Darien is the town where the train from Grand Central disgorges these men at the end of very long creative sessions, long days of plotting and nights of drinking and you know what. I knew too many of the children of these guys and heard the stories. Once I heard that daddy was in adverising as a player and the family grew up in the Connecticut suburbs I knew the rest: absent father, alcoholism and lots of therapy. This was real life back in the day.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Mad Men, 4 for 4! Seasons that is.

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Woo hoo — Mad Men!

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Kate Winslet is so … real. Love her.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Mildred Pierce was extraordinary even though so painful to watch. (I did know how it would end…). Amazing this made it to both television and big wins on Emmy night.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    All right, this particular “Mum” loved what Kate Winslet had to say about her mum.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    The music was thrillingi. So many of these performers, writers, directors and producers created the backdrop for the last half of the 20th century…in many ways reflecting who we were and who we were expected to be.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This part of the show always chokes me up — and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is perfection.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I think it’s because it was funny , but it was also passing judgement. It rang too true.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Finally funny, Amy and Melissa. What is wrong with the audience? This was very funny and these people just sit there.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    OMG Maggie Smith. Couldn’t they have had someone there to accept on her behalf? What was that about?

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Wish Maggie Smith was there. She’s magnificent!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I have adored Downton Abby! What an eloquent acceptance speech.

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Drew Barrymore is passing the Charlie’s Angels torch? Couldn’t they get any of the original Angels?

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  • Linda Rodgers September 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Maybe Mad Men’s been off the air too long–it’s really striking out tonight!

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Julianna gave the most professional acceptance speech ever.

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Lynch has been BADLY used.Fanny-pack jokes? Really?

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t feel like Jane Lynch has had that much to do since the opening number. And, you know I was excited about her hosting: http://womensvoicesforchange.org/emmy-spotlight-jane-lynch.htm

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  • Alex MacAaron September 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    That’s very cool!

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  • Chris Lombardi September 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    “Sometimes things take time.” Martindale’s speech was a manifesto.

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    i’m loving that two nontraditionally beautiful women have walked off with statues tonight.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Now this is thrilling. Justified by all counts. Margo Martindale! Sometimes things just take time! Could be a voice for our site.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen September 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Is it just me, or is there an absence of excitement here tonight? I want to love this, but…

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Anyone else see The Killing? Amazing writing.

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Ashton’s looking a wee bit prehistoric.

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  • Maura Rhodes September 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, and her husband is a producer for Colbert! You should see the lineup of Emmys on their mantle!

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