This year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress pits two-time reigning champ Allison Janney (“Mom”) against a pair of “Transparent” stars — Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light — as well as Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) and Niecy Nash (“Getting On”). After watching our editors’ slugfest on this race above, you can find links below to each contender’s episode analysis where we dive into their Emmy pros and cons.
Chlumsky, the former child star best known for her role in the now-classic “My Girl,” reaped her fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for her role as Amy Brookheimer on “Veep.” Chlumsky looks to win Emmy #1 with her episode submission “C**tgate,” but is it good enough to step up to the winner’s podium? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Hoffman surprised pundits when she broke into the Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy field last year for her layered portrayal of Ali Pfefferman in Amazon’s “Transparent.” She returns to the category this year and is looking for a win by submitting the episode “Bulnerable.” Will her entry be enough to overcome stiff competition? READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Look out, Cloris Leachman! Seven-time champ Janney is looking to match your all-time Primetime Emmys record of eight golden statues by winning a third consecutive trophy for her turn as Bonnie Plunkett on “Mom.” This time around Janney has submitted the emotional episode titled “Terrorists and Gingerbread” of the CBS hit comedy to Emmy judges. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
After submitting the “Transparent” episode “Flicky-Flicky-Thump-Thump” for voters, is Light poised to win her first Primetime Emmy? On Amazon’s acclaimed comedy series “Transparent,” she plays Shelly Pfefferman, a woman whose ex-husband (Jeffrey Tambor) has recently revealed that he is transgender and is now known as Maura. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
“Saturday Night Live” regular McKinnon has now earned her third straight Emmy nomination for the late-night sketch series. McKinnon, who’s been on a career roll for her “SNL” take on Hillary Clinton and as the breakout performer from this summer’s “Ghostbusters,” selected as her Emmy submission the March 12 episode with host and musical guest Ariana Grande. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
Last year Nash scored an Emmy bid for her role as Nurse Denise “Didi” Ortley on the HBO dark comedy “Getting On.” Now she is back with her second consecutive nomination, with this one coming for the show’s final season. Nash has selected the episode “Don’t Let it Get in You or On You” as her entry to the Emmy voters. READ EPISODE ANALYSIS
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