Emmys 2011: Who should win outstanding lead actress in a comedy? Vote now!

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emmy_2011_poll_lead_actress_comedy.jpgEach Monday for the past few weeks, we've been asking you to vote on who you think should win (or will win, if you prefer) the major Emmy categories. This week, we take a look at a bunch of funny women, all of whom could take home the hardware for lead actress in a comedy series.

It's a deep field with previous winners Tina Fey of "30 Rock" and defending champ Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie" back again for another go-around. But they're both being challenged by network-mates -- and in the case of Fey, a good buddy.

If the television  academy wants to award a funny-ish but fantastic actress from a not-so-funny Showtime series, they only need to turn to Golden Globe winner Laura Linney of "The Big C." If they want to go for the truly hilarious, then Fey's close friend Amy Poehler ( "Parks and Recreation") would be a fine choice.

But two upstarts could steal the statuette: Melissa McCarthy, who was the best thing about the Chuck Lorre freshman sitcom "Mike & Molly," and Martha Plimpton, who became the breakout star of another rookie sitcom, "Raising Hope," by playing the coolest (and youngest) grandmother in television history.

Who do you think will bring home the Emmy? Vote in the poll below. The 63rd annual Primetime Emmys, hosted by Jane Lynch, air live at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 18 on FOX.


Photo/Video credit: NBC, Showtime, CBS