Will this year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress be as unpredictable as the last one? In 2013, Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie“), who was ranked last in our odds, pulled off a huge upset over frontrunner Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”). That win by Wever puts her in fourth place among this year’s contenders. (See the racetrack odds for all contenders here).
After reading our recap, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10.
Even though she is on the freshman series “Mom,” an untested show with Emmy voters, Allison Janney is the overall favorite at 12/5 to win. Creator Chuck Lorre produces other CBS shows that have won Emmys for their casts including: three-time champ Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”), two-time winner Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), and Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”). Janney has four Emmys from her days on “The West Wing.” She plays Bonnie Plunkett, an over-the-top recovering drug and alcohol addict, and recently prevailed at the Critics Choice TV Awards.
Julie Bowen won this race in both 2011 and 2012 for her role as harried mother Claire Dunphy on ABC’s “Modern Family.” She lost on her other bids in 2010 and 2013 but has 3/1 odds to pick up a third trophy this August.
Mayim Bialik has been a scene-stealer on “The Big Bang Theory” since she joined the CBS show in its third season. She plays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, the “girlfriend” of Parson’s character Dr. Sheldon Cooper. One sign of increased support might be her first-ever individual SAG Awards nomination earlier this year. She is in third place with 15/2 odds.
After winning last year, Wever has moved up our rankings to fourth place. Even still, that is low for a reigning champ. She plays the sarcastic nurse Zoey Barkow on the Showtime dramedy. Her odds are 10/1 to earn a bookend.
Bowen’s co-star Sofia Vergara has reaped four consecutive Emmy bids for her role as the red-hot Gloria Pritchett. She has lost all four of those races as well as four times at the Golden Globes and three times individually at SAG. She has 12/1 odds this time around.
Anna Chlumsky contended last year for HBO’s “Veep.” She plays Amy Brookheimer, the trouble-shooting chief of staff to the U.S. Vice-President (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Her odds of 14/1 tie her for sixth in our standings.
Also at 14/1 is veteran actress Kate Mulgrew. On the new Netflix dramedy “Orange is the New Black,” she plays Red Reznikov, a prison trustee who runs the kitchen as its master chef. She has never received an Emmy nomination despite her four decades on television. However, she tied with Janney at last month’s Critics Choice TV Awards.
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Allison Janney, Zosia Mamet, Margo Martindale, Kate Mulgrew, Kaitlin Olson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Schumer, and Merritt Wever
After those seven ladies, the odds drop off to 100/1 for the next most likely contenders. Margo Martindale won an Emmy three years ago for the drama series”Justified” and was nominated in 2013 for her guest spot on “The Americans.” On the new CBS comedy “The Millers,” she plays the meddlesome and larger-than-life Carol Miller.
Don’t underestimate Betty White, a five-time primetime Emmy winner and a member of the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame. She received a nomination for her role as Elka on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” in 2011.
Next in line are Kathleen Rose Perkins (“Episodes“), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”), Laura Prepon (“Orange is the New Black”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live“) and, suprisingly one of last year’s nominees, who now has few votes: Jane Lynch (“Glee“).
Below, take a photo tour through this year’s top 10 contenders for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. And be sure to use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to make your predictions in this race.