Friday, January 17, 2020

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series

The competition: Christina Applegate’s angry widow (Dead to Me), Alex Borstein’s sarcastic manager (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Rachel Brosnahan’s budding comic (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Catherine O’Hara’s eccentric actress (Schitt’s Creek), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s excitable café owner (Fleabag).

For your information: Only two nominees are back from last year despite them all being eligible: defending champion Brosnahan and her costar Borstein. They both shared in the ensemble prize last year. Borstein took home a Critics’ Choice Award for the third season of her show. Applegate was nominated three times in a row in this category for “Samantha Who?” a decade ago. O’Hara was nominated in 2010 for “Temple Grandin.” This is the first nomination for Waller-Bridge, who won the Emmy, Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award. All but Applegate are also nominated as part of their ensembles. Out of nine times that two women from the same show have contended for this prize, only last year resulted in a win.

Who should win? I’m a big fan of this list even if my enthusiasm for O’Hara is less strong than most I know. Honestly, I’d be happy with any of the other four winning, though it’s the last hurrah for Waller-Bridge, who really was excellent.

Who will win? I’m tempted to predict Brosnahan to repeat but Waller-Bridge feels like a lock.

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