The AfterEllen.com Fantasy Emmy Ballot

The nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. This year the TV gods smiled upon Tina Fey the same way we do when we wake up and see her picture on our bedside table every morning; 30 Rock racked up a record 22 nominations. Here’s the full list of nominees.

While we’re happy for all of the women who are nominated, it’s no secret that awards shows like the Emmys and Oscars are growing more bloated and more boring every year. We’re excited Neil Patrick Harris is going to host the Emmys this time around, but we’ve had an additionally awesome idea about how to liven things up even more: How about some new Emmy categories?

Sure, Best Actress and Best Drama are OK, but we’re not really sure we understand the voting criteria. How about a category that celebrates brilliant actresses whose shows got a though break? Or actresses who continued to put their hearts in it while their shows were sinking around them? Or, you know, how about just giving a trophy to a woman who looks good wielding a gun?

Are you with us? (Of course you are.) Check out our list of fantasy Emmy categories and nominations below.

The "Outstanding Lead Actress In Jeans" Emmy

Wanda Sykes, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Emily Deschanel, Bones

Lena Headey, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

The "Guest Star Who Should Take The Place of An Actual Star" Emmy

Amy Ryan, The Office

Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl

Jennifer Beals, Lie to Me

Jordana Brewster, Chuck

The "Best Supporting Weapon" Emmy

Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU

Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost

Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck

Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse

The "Outstanding Titanic Captain" Emmy

Jennifer Beals, The L Word

Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

Hayden Panettiere, Heroes

The "Here’s An Honorary Emmy, Now Come Back To Our TV" Emmy

Lauren Graham

Allison Janney

Lisa Kudrow

Phylicia Rashad

The "TV Doctor We’d Trust to Save Our Life" Emmy

Parminder Nagra, ER

Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy

Kate Walsh, Private Practice

The "Best Line Of The Season" Emmy

"Dammit, Meredith! Where are your panties?!" — Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling), The Office

"Oh, well whatever that just was, it’s a deal breaker, because this guy’s making you talk like a crazy person. You have sexually transmitted crazy mouth. Deal breaker!" — Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock

"If you cut revenge out of the Bible, there’s not even enough pages to make a pamphlet." — Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Gossip Girl

"You are glasses. I am so gay. I am so, so, so gay. I am extremely gay!" — Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), Grey’s Anatomy

The "Sorry Your Freshman Show Got Canceled, But We Still Love You" Emmy

Sarah Paulson, Cupid

Amber Tamblyn, Unusuals

Regina King, Southland (Sorry, Regina King. Just found out Southland will be back. We do love you, though.) 

Molly Shannon, Kath and Kim

Sound off with your votes in the comments. And let us know who we overlooked.

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