Can Sofia Vergara or Betty White dethrone Julie Bowen?
Aubrey Plaza of 'Parks and Recreation'
Aubrey Plaza, "Parks and Recreation"
Nomination Status: With a building profile, she could get more of a look than usual.
In Her Favor: Within the universe of "Parks and Recreation," it was a great year for Aubrey Plaza's April Ludgate. I loved the early episodes in which she served time as Ben's assistant. And then later episodes gave her even more to do. "Leslie vs April" gave the character more of a spine. "Women in Garbage" let her display giddy glee at working in sanitation. She was hilarious with Rashida Jones in "Bailout." She channeled her inner-Leslie in "Anne's Decision." And she totally wasn't pregnant. Outside of the "Parks and Recreation" universe, Plaza got a bump via ongoing word-of-mouth for "Safety Not Guaranteed," plus there's at least a remote possibility that "The To Do List" is about to make her into a movie star. Maybe.
Working Against Her: There's no happy way to put this: If Emmy voters have never given Nick Offerman an Emmy nomination for "Parks and Recreation," it's gonna be really difficult for any non-Amy Poehler member of the cast to break through.