Not only is Amy Poehler a hilarious actress, but she made an unlikeable TV character the best friend we all wish we (still) had. That’s just one of the many, many reasons Amy deserved the Emmy for her work on ‘Parks and Recreation.’
Amy Poehler, 44, was one of a handful of super talented women up for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award at the 2015 Emmys on Sunday night, September 20, in Los Angeles, California. While each and every one of them deserved to be celebrated for their incredible work in television, this was Amy’s last chance to nab the award for her role as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. Unfortunately she lost to Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but here’s my take on why she deserved to win.
Many entertainment and pop culture enthusiasts will tell you that just because a show has ended doesn’t mean it deserves to win awards, but that is definitely not true in the case of Parks and Recreation. Much like Jon Hamm‘s win 2015 Outstanding Actor win for his work on Mad Men after the show had said it’s final goodbye, Parks was one of television’s most underrated shows. Actually, it was also one of comedy’s most underrated projects, like a series of inside jokes only a small group of TV lovers knew about.
Leslie Knope was the role Amy Poehler was born to play. A slightly obnoxious, slightly crazy, super motivated human being with a heart of gold. The people of Pawnee, Indiana liked to side eye her for her antics, but the truth was they all looked up to her and they all had her back. The incredible characters that surrounded Amy’s Leslie — Chris Pratt‘s doofy-but-loveable Andy Dwyer, Aubrey Plaza‘s mysterious April Ludgate, Adam Scott‘s charming Ben Wyatt — only helped her light shine brightly through a sea of predictable and overdone female lead roles. Leslie Knope, in her own little weird way, was one of the most unique characters television has ever seen, and while Greg Daniels and Michael Schur deserve credit for creating her, it was Amy who brought her to life.
It is also worth mentioning that the series finale of Parks and Recreation was one of the most satisfying finales in television history. It left the viewers with no questions or concerns, just content knowing that each and every one of the beloved characters lived the life we all wanted them to.
Including her 2015 nomination, Amy was up for Outstanding Lead Actress six times for her role as Leslie. Sure, a nomination is a wonderful way to let an actor know how important their work is, but nominating someone six times for the same award seems more like torture than a compliment. This is not to discredit Julia Louis-Dreyfus or any other actress who won the category year after year over Amy, but 2015 should have been her year. The year to say, “Hey Amy, you did incredible work for over six years on a show we’re going to miss for the rest of our lives. Thank you.”
Thankfully, Parks and Recreation is not the last the world will see of Amy. Not only does she co-star on Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series, but she also produces Difficult People for Hulu. Plus, she has the hilarious Sisters coming out in Dec. 2015 with her BFF/co-star for life, Tina Fey.
So suck it, Emmy Awards! Amy doesn’t need you. (Just kidding, don’t forget her in the future, thanks, bye.)
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU think Amy deserved to win for her work on the final season of Parks? Comment below and tell us why or why not!
— Lauren Cox