They might release a full list of the top 10 lead comedy actors at Gold Derby, but for now, here's the ten semi-finalists for Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Conchata Ferrell, "Two and a Half Men"
Jenna Fischer, "The Office"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Judith Light, "Ugly Betty"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jean Smart, "Samantha Who?"
Holland Taylor, "Two and a Half Men"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"
This is the only list I've seen so far where the vast majority of performers would make fantastic nominees. Interesting that Jamie Pressly (My Name Is Earl) and two-time Emmy winner Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives) are absent. Still, it's a fantastic list, with Amy Poehler showing up as SNL's only hopeful thus far, the excellent Judith Light getting much-deserved recognition, and too many talented actresses to fit on my Best Case list. Which, of course, means that the few on the list who I could give a damn about are assured nominations. Way of the world.
BEST CASE: Jane Krakowski, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Perkins, Judith Light, Kristin Chenoweth. (The fact that I can pick five and leave off Jenna Fischer and Jean Smart says something's going right.)
PREDICTIONS: Vanessa Williams, Jenna Fischer, Holland Taylor, Conchatta Farrell, Jane Krakowski.