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February 15, 2011

Woman-Helmed Comedy Leads 'Comedy Awards' Noms
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By WICF Editor Liz McKeon

The new Comedy Awards, which will be taped on March 26th in NY's Hammerstein Ballroom, and aired on April 10th across Viacom properties Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, Logo, CMT, and Nick at Nite, announced the first-ever nominations today, according to Variety.

"30 Rock" carried the day with seven nominations, with Comedy Actress — TV noms for Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski, and Comedy Actor — TV noms for Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan, as well as noms in the Writing, Directing, and Comedy Series categories, all three of which pit it against "The Office."

Tina Fey at this year's SAG Awards.
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Tina Fey was also nominated in the Comedy Actress — Film category for Date Night.

According to Jon Weisman at Variety, the nominations were chosen by a board which included James Burrows, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Conan O'Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Phil Rosenthal, Jon Stewart and Lily Tomlin.

Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Betty White ("Hot In Cleveland"), and Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live") all got acting nods, as did Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs), Dame Helen Mirren (Red), Chloƫ Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Emma Stone (Easy A). Both Stone's and Moretz's films are up for Best Comedy Film, Screenplay, and Film Director awards, as well. This means that Jane Goldman, along with Matthew Vaughn, is up for Best Sceenplay (Kick-Ass).

Adult Swim's "Childrens Hospital," which stars Erinn Hayes, Megan Mullally, and creator Rob Corddry, is up for the Sketch Comedy/Alternative Comedy Series category, as is Wiig's "Saturday Night Live."

Whitney Cummings' special, "Money Shot," was nominated in the Stand-Up Special category. Comedy It Girl Lena Dunham was nominated for her screenplay for Tiny Furniture.

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