The 66th Emmys are just days away and if you’re looking for validation on your Kate Mulgrew (“Orange is the New Black“) upset victory over Emmy darling Allison Janney (“Mom“) as Best Comedy Supporting Actress, then let me put your mind at ease: Here are my Top 5 reasons Mulgrew will lock up an Emmy on Monday.
(Also check out my fellow editor Marcus James Dixon‘s 5 reasons why he thinks Janney is going to win.)
1. Mulgrew has the best acting showcase
Mulgrew, who plays Red on “Orange is the New Black,” submitted the strongest acting episode of the bunch in “Tit Punch.” Mulgrew gets to display an impressive amount of range as Red gets to laugh, cry, be frightened, be vulnerable and show power and strength all throughout her character-centric episode. There’s even a breakdown scene that Mulgrew told us in our Emmy chat was all her idea, and it’s done beautifully and is certainly unmatched.
2. Mulgrew has no equals in her episode
Mulgrew also benefits from dominating an episode where she’s not competing with a co-star. Though there may be several other inmates around her, Red is the star and everyone else featured does not come close to her level of dominance. Janney may be booming in her submission, but right by her side each step of the way is the equally impressive Anna Faris.
3. Comedy doesn’t always have to be comedic
Yeah, yeah, I get it: “It’s too dramatic.” But says who? There certainly are comedic moments in “Tit Punch” like her following the prison warden into the men’s bathroom to ask for a new freezer. Or her lying on the prison bathroom counter having her legs shaved by another inmate. And the episode is titled after the funniest part of the episode: Mulgrew popping a mean woman’s “tit” right in the middle of the street! And let’s get our facts straight, a little bit of drama never hurt Emmy winners like Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”).
4. Emmy loves a transformation
With fiery red hair, a thick Russian accen, and a death stare that could scare even “Halloween” serial killer Michael Meyers, there’s no question that when you see Mulgrew in interviews, she’s nothing like her prison inmate character. Mulgrew was actually born in Iowa and has brown hair and is extremely nice. Collette won her Emmy for her transformations on “United States of Tara” and Mulgrew can also win her Emmy for hers in “Orange is the New Black.”
5. Overdue and popularity factors
Mulgrew is a TV icon thanks to her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway in “Star Trek: Voyager” and her nearly four decades as an actress. “Orange is the New Black” has also been riding a strong wave of buzz and popularity during Emmy season which was on display at this past week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards where the Netflix series claimed three early wins of its 12 overall nominations. That’s a far cry from the TV Academy’s embrace of Janney’s CBS show “Mom,” which was only able to score the one nomination for Janney. Also not hurting Mulgrew’s chances are that she has been ferociously campaigning for her first-ever Emmy while Janney already has five. All of this could cook up to be a golden night for Red.
Have I managed to convince you that Mulgrew is going to win the Emmy and that Dixon’s Janney prediction isn’t going to pull through? Make your own Best Comedy Supporting Actress prediction below our Editors’ slugfest for this category.