“I’m not giving up, and neither should you,” said Kate McKinnon‘s Hillary Clinton during the first post-election episode of “Saturday Night Live” (watch the clip above). In a rarity for NBC’s late-night staple, the series decided to take a serious approach to its cold open by showcasing a visibly emotional McKinnon at the piano singing “Hallelujah” by the late Leonard Cohen. Will McKinnon’s instantly viral performance help ensure that she wins her second Emmy Award? Vote in our poll below.
McKinnon won the Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy earlier this year thanks in part to her portrayal of the Democratic presidential candidate. But she wasn’t the only one. “SNL” alum Amy Poehler also took home the Emmy (along with co-host Tina Fey) for guest-hosting the show and playing Clinton opposite McKinnon in a political sketch. Both actresses were no doubt swept up in election fever by the TV academy and one has to wonder if that might help McKinnon prevail yet again.
While Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump on Tuesday, she still earned more of the popular vote. If there are any Clinton supporters in the TV academy, a vote for McKinnon at next year’s Emmys will be a key way to show that they’re still “with her.” Last week our readers voted in droves about which actress gave the best Clinton performance and McKinnon scored a whopping 75%. Poehler came in second with 14% of the vote, while Emma Thompson (“Primary Colors”) was third with 6%.
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