Friday, September 2, 2022

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. Submitted episode titles are in parentheses. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.
Jane Adams as Nina Daniels, Hacks (The Click
I’m thrilled to see Adams back for her second consecutive nomination, joined this year by three other women who guest-starred on the same show. Adams’ return is a very welcome one, though not for her onscreen daughter Ava. The way that Adams plays off Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart is marvelous, and while her role may not be as prominent as the others from her show, I would be very happy if she won.

Harriet Sansom Harris as Susan, Hacks (Retired
It’s astonishing to me that this is Harris’ first Emmy nomination, something I discussed with her during our interview a few months ago. Unlike the other nominees from her show, she appears in just one episode, making a memorable impact as an old friend of Deborah’s whose life took a very different path. Harris is an immensely respected actress who could win this on her reputation alone, and the quality of her performance certainly helps her case as well.

Jane Lynch as Sazz Pataki, Only Murders in the Building (Trust the Process)
Lynch is an Emmy favorite, winning a number of prizes, including for scripted roles in “Glee” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It’s hard to describe just how perfect Lynch is as Charles’ stunt double and how she enhances her big episode. She’s won this prize before, and this demonstrates how she’s able to do something different that’s still recognizably her. I think she’s the frontrunner in this race.

Laurie Metcalf as Weed, Hacks (The Process)
Metcalf is an Emmy staple, even managing to earn nominations for three different shows back in 2013. She scored three trophies in a row for “Roseanne,” and this is her fourth bid – for a fourth show – in this race. I was surprised to look back and learn that Metcalf only appeared in two episodes since Weed made quite an impression, and Metcalf has more than enough experience and a strong reputation that could allow her to win.

Kaitlin Olson as DJ Vance, A Black Lady Sketch Show (There Will Be Blood)
Olson had a great recurring role as Deborah’s daughter in the first season of her show, and she was still front-and-center in the first episode of season two. Olson is definitely fantastic, but she doesn’t have the meatiest material in that episode and others shine more. I’m glad to see Olson recognized since she’s a talent who doesn’t often earn accolades, and hopefully she’ll have a bigger role in season three that might even bump her up to the supporting category.

Harriet Walter as Deborah Welton, Ted Lasso (The Signal)
Walter is also nominated this year for “Succession,” her second bid for playing the matriarch on that series. She has an equally compelling – and intimidating role as Rebecca’s mother on the ultra-popular Apple TV+ series, and she’s typically terrific. Given the profile of her show, a win seems very popular, and I think she may have a better shot for this part than in the corresponding drama race because she’s without costars here.

Who should win (based on entire season): N/A
Who should win (based on individual episodes): Lynch, Harris, or Adams
Who will win: I’m betting on Lynch to win this.

Next up: Best Directing for a Drama Series

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