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Approaching Peak Vagina: Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler Score Rare Female Double Emmy Writing Nominations

Television
by Melissa Silverstein
July 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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The Emmy nominations were released yesterday.  There is a lot of good news to recognize most especially the fact that two women -- Lean Dunham and Amy Poehler -- were nominated for their comedy writing.  According to Nellie at Deadline having two women nominated for comedy writing is a big and not very frequent deal.  The last time it happened was a decade ago. 

I counted only a handful times in Emmy history when two female writers have received comedy writing nominations, the last time in 2002 when Jennifer Crittenden was nominated for the Marie’s Sculpture episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky for the My Motherboard, My Self episode of Sex & The City.

And the piece also says that women writers have only won in this category three times since it was created in 1955.  Those women are: "Treva Silverman in 1974 for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Diane English in 1989 for the pilot of Murphy Brown and Tina Fey in 2008 for an episode of her NBC series 30 Rock."

So while it is great to celebrate the advent of "peak vagina" in comedy writing, it was not a great year for women directors in drama and miniseries where there were no women nominated.  And Lena was the only female director nominated for comedy.

The most interesting news is Lena Dunham received multiple nominations for writing, directing and acting.  Louis CK was the only other person nominated in the same fashion.

List of female nominees:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Girls
30 Rock

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory  - Mayim Bialik
Desperate Housewives - Kathryn Joosten
Modern Family - Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family - Sofia Vergara
Nurse Jackie - Merritt Wever
Saturday Night Live - Kristen Wiig

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Glee - Dot-Marie Jones
Saturday Night Live - Maya Rudolph
Saturday Night Live - Melissa McCarthy
30 Rock - Elizabeth Banks
30 Rock - Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il
Two And A Half Men - Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Girls - Lena Dunham, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Girls - Lena Dunham
Parks And Recreation - Amy Poehler

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Damages - Glenn Close
Downton Abbey - Michelle Dockery
The Good Wife - Julianna Margulies
Harry's Law - Kathy Bates
Homeland - Claire Danes
Mad Men- Elisabeth Moss

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad - Anna Gunn
Downton Abbey - Maggie Smith
Downton Abbey - Joanne Froggatt
The Good Wife - Archie Panjabi
The Good Wife - Christine Baranski a
Mad Men - Christina Hendricks

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

The Good Wife - Martha Plimpton
Grey's Anatomy - Loretta Devine
Harry's Law - Jean Smart
Mad Men - Julia Ormond
Shameless - Joan Cusack
Smash- Uma Thurman

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Mad Men - Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner
Mad Men - Andre and Maria Jacquemetton
Mad Men  - Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

American Horror Story - Connie Britton
Game Change - Julianne Moore
Hemingway & Gellhorn - Nicole Kidman
Missing - Ashley Judd
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece) - Emma Thompson

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie

American Horror Story - Frances Conroy
American Horror Story - Jessica Lange
Game Change - Sarah Paulson
Hatfields & McCoys - Mare Winningham
Page Eight (Masterpiece) - Judy Davis

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

The Hour - Abi Morgan

All the Funny Ladies: What the Emmy Nominations Tell Us About a Year of Women in Comedy (XX)

EMMYS: Lena Dunham & Amy Poehler Score Rare Double For Female Comedy Writers (Deadline)

In Emmy noms, Dunham and Louis C.K. share much (AP)

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2 Comments

  • Karyl Miller | July 22, 2012 7:43 PMReply

    Pls. correct your women-winning-Emmys blog. I won an Emmy writing on Lily Tomlin's special "Lily" 1974. That year more women won writing Emmys than ever before or ever again. I was also a Mary Tyler Moore writer. With such an auspicious start, we thought women were going to be 50% of writing staffs but after Lily and Mary, for the next ten years of my career, I was the only woman on staff. Too much 2 write here. My blog Having it All in Hollywood has more on this.

  • Karyl Miller | July 22, 2012 5:02 PMReply

    Correct on your women winning Emmys blog. I won an Emmy writing on Lily Tomlin's special "Lily" 1974. That year more women won Emmys than ever before or ever again. I was also a Mary Tyler Moore writer. With such an auspicious start, we thought women were going to be 50% of writing staffs but after Lily and Mary, for the next ten years of my career, I was the only woman on staff. Too much 2 writer here. My blog Having it All in Hollywood has more on this.

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