[WATCH] Emmy Awards slugfest: Repeat wins for Tony Hale (‘Veep’) & Allison Janney (‘Mom’)?

My Gold Derby colleagues Marcus Dixon, Ralph Galvan, Amanda Spears and I got together via webcam to talk about the hotly contested comedy supporting actor and actress races at the 2016 Emmy Awards (watch above). I think “we could have a complete carbon copy of last year’s nominees to be honest,” which we all agree is the safest bet when predicting these categories.

In the Comedy Supporting Actor derby, defending champ Tony Hale (“Veep”) could well win for the third time in four years (he also prevailed in 2013). Of last year’s other nominees, Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) is a veritable Emmy magnet, and could easily land his third consecutive bid for this laffer (it would be his 10th overall; he won in lead in 1998 for the drama series “Homicide: Life on the Street” and in 2006 for the miniseries “Thief”).  Tituss Burgess was a new face last year for his hilarious turn on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and is likely to be back for round two. Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) has been an Emmy powerhouse for his role on “Modern Family,” having been nominated six consecutive times, winning in 2011 and 2014. “Girls” star Adam Driver, who has “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” under his belt, should easily add to his tally (he was cited the last three years running), and last year’s surprise nominee Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) could possibly return.

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Dixon is going out on a limb and thinks Key might miss out this year, declaring Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) as a threat to take one of these slots. This is “the best comedic performance of the year,” Dixon declares. “I totally agree! If anyone from ‘Baskets’ is going to get in, it will be him,” I add.

Dixon also says “we are going to see more acting nominations for ‘Veep’,” adding that “they could fill a whole category,” with actors like Timothy Simmons, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Hugh Laurie and Kevin Dunn joining Emmy winner Hale. I think that someone like Laurence Fishburne from “Black-ish” could be a contender, along with Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Jay Duplass (“Transparent”), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Vincent Rodriguez III (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”).

Spears says she’s going out on a limb for multiple-Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”) and Galvan notes that we should all be thinking about previous nominee Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) and his long-shot choice Brett Dier (“Jane the Virgin”).

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On the Comedy Supporting Actress side, I declare (tongue in cheek) that the TV academy is going to rename this award “the category that Allison Janney is going to win,” given her impressive Emmy record (a whopping seven wins from 10 nominations: twice in supporting (2001, 2001) and twice in lead (2002, 2004) for the drama “The West Wing”; in guest for the drama “Masters of Sex” (2014); and for the past two years in this race for “Mom”).

Last year saw a record eight nominees in this category, making it likely that some may not be back again. Mayim Bialik has had a great year on “The Big Bang Theory,” having won the Critics Choice TV Award earlier this year. She has racked up four consecutive nominations, so a fifth seems a safe bet. Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) won two (2011, 2012) of her six straight bids. Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) is going for her fourth consecutive. And Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is looking for her third in a row, which is likely in in this election year and coming off her big screen role in “Ghostbusters.” Gaby Hoffman was nominated twice last year (for her guest role on “Girls” and her supporting role on “Transparent”), so she’s a proven Emmy favorite, as is Jane Krakowski, who was nominated four times in this category for “30 Rock” and was in contention last year for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” One of the surprises in this category last year was Niecy Nash (“Getting On”), who had a stellar second season and could return.

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Others in the running include Sarah Sutherland (“Veep”), Donna Lynne Champlin (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), Amy Poehler (“Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”), Yael Grobglas (“Jane the Virgin”), Jacki Weaver (“Blunt Talk”) and Kristin Schaal and Mary Steenburgen (“Last Man on Earth”).

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