Tina Fey is awarded AP Entertainer of the Year

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Tbdtinafey122408 Thanks to a late push impersonating Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, the AP has chosen Tina Fey as entertainer of the year, the service reports. Wait, didn't she try to leave SNL to do some show called 30 Rock?

"From the winks to the nods to the accent, she nailed it," said Marc Bona, assistant entertainment editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland (the award is voted on by newspaper editors and broadcast producers nationwide). "And she did so at a time when it seemed the whole country was tuned in -- both to the presidential race as well as Saturday Night Live."

The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash Iron Man, and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Fey this year also starred in the comedy movie Baby Mama with Amy Poehler and won three Emmys for 30 Rock, which enjoyed a million-viewer increase to 8.5 million eyeballs on the season premiere. Not too bad for the woman who elevated hot-librarian chic from simple nerdy fandom to the national stage -- way before Palin did.

"Tina Fey is such an obvious choice," said Sharon Eberson, entertainment editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "She gave us funny when we really needed it and, in a year when women in politics were making huge strides, Fey stood out in the world of entertainment."

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