This past September, Kate McKinnon accomplished what her predecessors Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader could not by winning an Emmy Award for “Saturday Night Live.” Her victory as Best Comedy Supporting Actress was one that few Emmy pundits saw coming, but McKinnon’s profile was elevated thanks to playing Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on “SNL” and her role in the “Ghostbusters” reboot. With increased buzz for McKinnon at an all-time high, should she compete as a lead actress at next year’s Emmys? Vote in our poll below.
The Critics’ Choice Awards threw us all a curve ball this month when instead of nominating McKinnon for Best TV Comedy Supporting Actress they actually promoted her to Best TV Comedy Actress. McKinnon walked away the winner, taking down five-time reigning Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Emmy nominees Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), past Critics’ Choice nominee Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”), and newcomer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”).
This season on “Saturday Night Live,” McKinnon has been featured more than ever thanks to Clinton, her signature character, popping up in every cold open in the run-up to the presidential election that ended with Donald Trump winning. Many wondered how “SNL” would respond to the election jawdropper and they surprised all of us by having McKinnon playing the piano and singing “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen passed away that week). Our Gold Derby forums erupted with praise and now, thanks to her Critics’ Choice promotion, we’re wondering if she might earn a second Emmy in the lead race instead of in the supporting category.
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