Jane Lynch, Betty White in tight Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress

According to our exclusive Gold Derby statistics, it is an extremely tight Emmy race between Jane Lynch (“Glee“) and Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland“) for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Here in the final hours, Lynch holds a very slim lead with 6/5 odds to win her second consecutive Emmy on the same night she hosts the ceremony.


Lynch took a risk by submitting the somber episode “Funeral,” in which her character Sue Sylvester mourns the loss of her Down’s Syndrome sister. The actress got an unexpected boost when rival nominee Kristen Wiig entered the “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by Lynch, giving her a terrific mix of drama and comedy to show to Emmy judges. Lynch is predicted by experts Tim Appelo (The Hollywood Reporter), Frazier Moore (Associated Press), and Rick Porter (Zap2It), nine of 12 editors, and 34% of our users (215 votes).

White is already an Emmy legend with five previous primetime victories. She has submitted the episode “Free Elka,” in which her character Elka Ostrosky is jailed and she gets to act once again with Mary Tyler Moore. White has strong 7/2 odds plus the support of experts Chrissy Le Nguyen (Yahoo! TV) and Ken Tucker (Entertainment Weekly), editors Andrew Pickett and Paul Sheehan, and 28% of our users (179 votes).

Coming in next with 6/1 odds is second-time nominee Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“). In the episode “Strangers on a Treadmill,” her character Claire Dunphy makes a deal with her brother (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) to do unwanted tasks for each other. 91 of our users (14%) are predicting her to win, along with experts Jace Lacob (Daily Beast) and Melanie McFarland (IMDB), plus editor Marcus Dixon.

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In the fourth slot with 15/2 odds is Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family“), who inexplicably submitted the episode “Slow Down Your Neighbors,” which better showcases her co-star Bowen than herself. Experts Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com) and Daniel Manu (TV Without Pity) still think she will win anyway.

Wiig is near the bottom of the category with 20/1 odds but does have the support of Jill Serjeant (Reuters). The biggest long shot with 100/1 odds is Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock“) who has limited time on her episode choice “Queen of Jordan.” 

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