In a major surprise, Hollywood legend Mindy Sterling landed two competing Emmy nominations in this year’s race for Best Short Form Actress, for “Con Man” and “Secs & Execs.” Is it possible that Sterling could end up vote-splitting herself out of contention, allowing one of the other nominees — Lauren Lapkus (“The Earliest Show”), Jane Lynch (“Dropping The Soap”) and Kelsey Scott (“Fear The Walking Dead: Passage”) — to prevail? Let us know who YOU think will win this year’s Emmy race for Best Short Form Actress by voting in our poll below. (See complete list of 2017 Emmy nominations.)
Lapkus stars as Samantha Newman in FunnyOrDie’s “The Earliest Show” alongside Ben Schwartz, who’s nominated over in the Best Short Form Actor race. The show is billed a silly version of a broadcast morning show, where anything can (and does) go wrong live on-air.
Lynch is a favorite of the TV academy, winning two Emmys for “Hollywood Game Night” (2014-2015) and another for “Glee” (2010). She portrays Olivia Vanderstein on Amazon’s “Dropping the Soap,” a hysterical web series that takes place behind the scenes of a failing soap opera.
Scott’s “Fear the Walking Dead: Passage” is an AMC.com short that follows her character Sierra during the zombie apocalypse. Last year yet another spinoff titled “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” was nominated for Best Short Form Series and Best Short Form Actress for Michelle Ang.
Sterling is known for her comic turns in “Austin Powers” and “Black-ish” and is enjoying the first two Emmy nominations of her long career. She plays Bobbie in Comic-Con HQ’s “Con Man,” a show about a struggling actor that’s also nominated as Best Short Form Actor for Alan Tudyk. And Sterling takes on the role of Shirla in tellofilms.com’s “Secs & Execs,” about a quirky women’s wear company.
This is only the second year of this Emmy category that honors actresses who appear in short form comedies and dramas, with last year’s inaugural trophy going to Patrika Darbo (“Acting Dead”). Who will prevail at the 2017 Emmys?