Who will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actress? Gold Derby editors Rob Licuria, Charles Bright and Riley Chow are convinced Gaby Hoffmann ("Girls") will take home the prize due to her brave performance, while Marcus James Dixon is banking on a surprise victory by Christine Baranski ("The Big Bang Theory"). Watch our new video slugfest at the bottom of this post.
Joan Cusack ("Shameless") is the only Best Comedy Guest Actress nominee from last year who returns in 2015. Three past Emmy champs — Pamela Adlon ("Louie"), Tina Fey ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") and Baranski — are in the running as are previous nominee Elizabeth Banks ("Modern Family") and Hoffmann, who also contends this year for Comedy Supporting Actress for "Transparent."
Fey plays Marcia in her episode submission "Kimmy Goes to Court." She has five Emmy nominations this year, including one for creating this Netflix series; the others are for hosting the Golden Globes and writing that as well as the 40th anniversary special edition of "Saturday Night Live." Of her 33 bids to date, she has won eight including this race in 2009 for "Saturday Night Live."
Official ballot description: "Marcia is a less than competent prosecutor who loves long showers and reading 'USA Today' in bed."
Gold Derby odds to win: 8/13
Cusack plays the recurring role of Sheila Jackson and contends for "Milk of the Gods." This is her fifth Emmy nomination with no previous wins.
Official ballot description: "Sheila is getting fed up with Sammi and Chuckie coming into her house whenever they please. When Sheila discovers that Sammi has had sex on her pristine sofa and has used her sex toys, Sheila goes ballistic and changes the locks."
Gold Derby odds to win: 15/2
Adlon plays the recurring role of Pamela in her entry "Bobby's House." She has two Emmy nominations this year, bringing her career total to five with one previous win.
Official ballot description: "Pamela is Louie's some time girlfriend, who helps Louie after he gets hurt in an altercation. By reversing roles, she takes Louie on an unexpected journey."
Gold Derby odds to win: 9/1
Baranski plays the recurring role of Dr. Beverly Hofstadter in "The Maternal Combustion." She has two Emmy nominations this year, bringing her career total to 14 with one previous win.
Official ballot description: "Personalities collide when Sheldon and Leonard's mothers finally meet."
Gold Derby odds to win: 10/1
Hoffmann plays Caroline Sackler and submitted "Home Birth." She has two Emmy nominations this year, the first of her career.
Official ballot description: "Caroline is Adam's formerly estranged older sister who has taken up with Laird, Hannah’s downstairs neighbor. Her unorthodox and volatile relationship with her brother has complicated her pseudo-friendship with Hannah."
Gold Derby odds to win: 20/1
Banks plays the recurring role of Sal in the episode "Fight or Flight." This is her third Emmy nomination with no previous wins.
Official ballot description: "Mitch and Cam throw Sal a belated baby shower and they are blown away by how motherhood has changed her, but has it really?"
Gold Derby odds to win: 33/1
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