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Kaley Cuoco of 'The Big Bang Theory'
Kaley Cuoco, "The Big Bang Theory"
Nomination Status: A beneficiary of a possible "Big Bang Theory" groundswell.
Bottom Line: We'll admit that we pretty much thought Cuoco was just along for the ride during the first season of "The Big Bang Theory." In the second season, though, the writers gave her more to do and she often rewarded their confidence. We saw Penny go through a brief gamer phase and we saw Leonard's mom shatter her self-confidence. Cuoco played both of those episodes well. She also benefited from every opportunity to play opposite Jim Parsons. We still don't think this is her year to get a nomination, but it isn't entirely impossible.