And the NeverSayDiet Emmy Nominations Go To...

This year's actress nominees show spunk and smarts trump classic beauty and we couldn't be happier

The Emmy nominations were announced late last week, and while we’re disappointed to see The Real Housewives of New York was ruthlessly snubbed, we’re thrilled to see such a diverse rainbow of talented actresses. Sure, classically attractive ladies like January Jones (Mad Men) and Lea Michele (Glee) made the Outstanding Actress cut, but so did women with more unconventional loveliness. We know the Emmys aren’t a beauty contest, but in Hollywood, where post-baby liposuction is covered by health insurance and the flag flies red, white and blonde, it’s nice to see women with short hair, facial scars, and fuller figures can be recognized for their immense talent, their ability to make us laugh and cry and think. Among some of our top picks:

And the Emmy for Sassiest Close-Cropped Hairdo goes to…
Actress: Edie Falco
Show: Nurse Jackie
Actual Nomination: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
She sprinkles Percocet in her coffee like it’s Splenda and purposely flushes evidence that could exonerate clearly guilty criminals down toilets; clearly, she’s not going to win the Florence Nightengale Award from the National Nursing Association. But with her dark sense of humor, acerbic personality and bizarrely stellar sense of right-and-wrong, Edie Falco brings a surprising sense of sexy to her role, proving you don’t need long, flowing blonde locks to get guys to notice you. She’s representing super-shorthaired women everywhere.


And the Emmy for Bravest Scar goes to…
Actress: Tina Fey
Show: 30 Rock
Actual Nomination: Outstanding Actress in a Drama
The hysterical and multi-talented Emmy-winning actress and writer has long been reluctant to discuss the scar on the left side of her chin (seen here), the result of a bizarre childhood slashing attack. And even though the powers that be may often choose to erase it out of existence, as Vogue did on its cover earlier this year, we think scars lend an air of realness and history. She likely could have had it dermabraded or smoothed away with plastic surgery, but Fey has opted to keep the scar, making her even more beautiful than we already knew she was.

And the Emmy for Boldest Curves goes to…
Actress: Christina Hendricks
Show: Mad Men
Actual Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Christina Hendricks plays Joan Holloway, office manager and resident sex pot of a fictional NYC ad agency in the 1960s. Her curves and confidence leave men drooling and women looking up to her. (In one episode, each secretary is labeled a Marilyn Monroe or a Jackie Kennedy for a Playtex campaign; one writer says, "Well, Marilyn's really a Joan, not the other way around.") And really, how can you wear outfits like these and not be totally confident in your bod? Her voluptuous look has cross-decade appeal: Esquire named her “The Best-Looking Woman in America" in May 2010.

And the Emmy for Cultural Diversity goes to…
Actress: Archie Panjabi
Show: The Good Wife
Actual Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Considering the dearth of Indian actresses in mainstream American television, casting Archie Panjabi as no-nonsense private investigator Kalinda in The Good Wife was a smartly inclusive move. She also dresses in a fairly daring manner – low-cut blouses, high heeled boots – in a primarily male field, which shows she’s not afraid of her sexuality, or of being noticed. As iVillage writer Jennifer Graham Kizer put it, "Kalinda's free and sexy style at her buttoned-up workplace is also an unspoken dare. It's part of her character, a means of asserting her distaste for rules. She doesn't always follow them in her investigative work, either."  At NeverSayDiet, we love breaking the rules, too, so we’re rooting for Panjabi.

And the Emmy for best butch goes to…
Actress: Jane Lynch 
Show: Glee
Actual Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
She plays McKinley High cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester with devilish charm, but the real win here is the Academy’s recognition of lesbian actress – a decision still unfortunately frowned upon by a significant portion of the United States. Lynch is butch and aggressive and has a deep voice and wears manly tracksuits, but she’s become a fan favorite nonetheless. We say: Bravo for inclusion.

Who's your favorite nominee? Chime in below.
 

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