Thursday, July 12, 2018

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

My predictions: 4/8

Well, this is a big category, and one with a whole range of nominees. I had to look up who Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) was since I had no idea who she was, as the latest cast member joining last year’s nominee Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live) and two-time winner Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) to make it two years in a row for three nominees from the late-night variety series. Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) managed to be the only regular cast member from her show to return with a nomination this year, following her win the last time she contended in 2006. Also returning as the lone representative of her show is Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), whose series got cancelled thanks to its star’s tweets. Metcalf is obviously popular nonetheless, with three consecutive wins back in the early 1990s. The other three nominees are all brand-new, with Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) riding the wave of enthusiasm for her show, Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) earning a deserved nomination for helping to make her show what it is, and Betty Gilpin (GLOW) managing to get nominated despite lead actress Alison Brie being snubbed. I have a lot to catch up on here, but this is an interesting category to be sure.

Who should win? I haven’t seen half of this category’s contenders, but I think I’d vote for Borstein or Metcalf.
Who will win? It’s just a question of which political commentary voters want to honor: the expressed parody (McKinnon), the clear mockery (Mullally), or the face of the resistance in parody (Metcalf).

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