Emmy episode analysis: Will Kate McKinnon (‘Saturday Night Live’) win for playing Hillary Clinton?

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Will Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live“) win Best Comedy Supporting Actress on her second consecutive bid, after losing last year to Allison Janney (“Mom”)? This year, McKinnon has submitted a great episode to Emmy judges — the one hosted by Taraji P. Henson that featured McKinnon’s hilarious reprisal of Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

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SYNOPSIS: McKinnon has memorable appearances in almost all of this episode’s sketches, including the cold open where she gets to show off her classic impression of Clinton alongside surprise guest (and announcer) Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton. She then pops up in Henson’s monologue, dancing and singing that she’s “made it.”

Other characters McKinnon plays in this episode include a crying mother in a courtroom scene, a Liza Minnelli-esque QVC star, a Spanish artist who makes terrible celebrity sculptures, her version of Jane Lynch hosting “Hollywood Game Night” and an old-timey baseball player in a “League of Their Own” parody.

Will McKinnon win an Emmy this time around? Let’s consider the pros and cons:


McKinnon’s portrayal as Clinton couldn’t have come at a better time, as the 2016 Presidential election continues to heat up.

She stars in almost every sketch across all 90 minutes, including Weekend Update, a true rarity for a performer from this enormous ensemble.

This is the race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. In an age where many comedies aren’t necessarily funny, it’s refreshing to watch McKinnon deliver laughs at every turn.


From Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig to Bill Hader, no “SNL” player has ever won a supporting Emmy while still part of the main cast, though few have had success in the guest categories.

Voters may not feel an emotional connection to any of McKinnon’s characters, as the sketches come and go in typical “SNL” fashion.

McKinnon plays second fiddle to guest star Henson in many scenes, who excels as first-time host of the long-running sketch comedy.

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Photo: Hillary Clinton Election Video Cold Open. Credit: Dana Edelson/NBC

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