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If we left it up to the networks and their campaign departments, almost no one worthy of an Emmy nomination would make the cut (stop nominating Jim Parsons!). So we here at Indiewire are hoping to start some grassroots campaigns of our own, pushing the best of the unlikely nominees to the forefront and hoping to receive some support from you, our wonderful readers. Below you'll find our picks for the lead comedy actors we'd like to see honored by the Television Academy, as well as video evidence of their talents. Next week, we'll pick drama leads, then comedy and drama series leading up to the nominations announcements on July 10th. Online ballots are available now, so let the Emmy push commence!
6) Anna Faris -- "Mom"
Peter Knegt: I'm starting off with by far the one most likely to actually get a nomination: Anna Faris in "Mom." It's definitely no sure thing (at least compared to her co-star Allison Janney), as the best comedy actress category continues to be a gloriously stacked one. But I really hope they find room for Faris in there. Alongside Janney, she rose above often sub-par material to make "Mom" one of the most entertaining new comedy series of the year, and -- gasp -- one that made me a weekly viewer of CBS for the first time since ever (okay, since my childhood obsession with "Murphy Brown," but shh...) What's more is that Faris has been horribly underrated her entire career (I personally think her work in Gregg Araki's "Smiley Face" is absolute genius), and it would be nice to see her finally get some sort of recognition.
6) David Duchovny - "Californication"
Ben Travers: You're right. Faris is someone who doesn't get enough respect, and I'm going to move onto someone who might get too much (strictly from an awards standpoint). Honestly, Duchovny has probably received enough love from the Golden Globes honoring his turn as the love-addicted Lothario of Showtime's trademark program (sex! humor! more sex! nudity! - Showtime): He won after Season 1 and has scored a nod three more times since. But the Emmys, meanwhile, have never paid homage to Hank Moody -- those "mothafuckaaas" -- and it would be nice to send him off into the sunset with a nod. Perhaps then people would remember that at one point "Californication" was among the best dramadies on television. And by one point, I mean for one year. Its first.
5) Josh Thomas - "Please Like Me"
PK: I have to admit I've never actually watched "Californication," but you just reminded me that I want to. That said, given how that category is relatively slim compared to the female category, I wouldn't be totally surprised if Duchovny gets a swan song nomination this year (though again: I say that rather ignorantly). Or, at least I'd be a lot less surprised than if my first male pick -- Josh Thomas for "Please Like Me" -- makes the cut. The Australian series, picked up for the US by Pivot, that few have heard of is Thomas' baby: He created it, writes every episode and stars in the lead role. Like a gay Australian Lena Dunham, to be reductive. And frankly I'd take "Please Like Me" (slightly) over "Girls," and would love to see Thomas manage some recognition with the Emmys. Even though that will never happen.
5) Cobie Smulders - "How I Met Your Mother"
BT: Without seeing "Please Like Me," I, too, would prefer it gets Emmy's love instead of "Girls" (though you're right about it being the most extreme of long shots). Moving on to another show I've caught flack for disparaging, my opinion of the final season of "How I Met Your Mother" is well-documented. But I'm especially disgruntled with the treatment of Cobie Smulders' character Robin -- she's more than capable of handling her marriage and her dream job simultaneously, and it felt condescending to her character to say otherwise. That being said, Smulders handled the convoluted final season even with the dignity and grace stripped from her character. Her portrayal of Robin was as top notch as possible, and she even managed to sell some of the more remarkably corny moments (Robin and Ted on the beach, while rough, was better off because of Cobie). Plus, she's never been nominated. How is that possible?
4/3) Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson - "Broad City"
PK: I'm cheating a bit here, but I couldn't decided between the broads of "Broad City" so I'm vouching for them both. Because really, that show is such an incredible two hander -- both in performance and behind the scenes -- that picking Ilana Glazer over Abbi Jacobson or vice versa would feel very wrong (though here's hoping Emmy voters at least pick one of them). Their glorious blend of physical and stoner comedy makes for one of the best things on television right now as far as I'm concerned, and there are not too many Emmy nominations which would theoretically (and seriously, they are long shots) make me happier.