A week ago we asked our readers if Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) should consider a category promotion at the upcoming Emmy Awards and campaign as a lead actress instead of in the supporting race. It turns out our voters are as split as the actual presidential election with 51% wanting the “SNL” star to stay in the supporting category. Meanwhile, 42% of voters believe she is worthy of the lead promotion, and 7% are unsure and believe it could go either way. To date only Amy Schumer (“Inside Any Schumer”) has competed in the Comedy Lead Actress category at the Emmys (2015-16), but she was taken down both times by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”).
This question first popped up when the Critics’ Choice Awards threw us a curve ball and nominated McKinnon as a lead actress, as opposed to honoring her in the supporting race where she prevailed at the Emmys. McKinnon won the Critics’ Choice trophy, taking down five other leading ladies: Louis-Dreyfus, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”).
This season on “Saturday Night Live,” McKinnon has been featured more than ever thanks to Hillary Clinton, her signature character, popping up in every cold open in the run-up to the presidential election that ended with Donald Trump winning. But according to 51% of our readers, McKinnon’s elevated role on the series should not translate to a more prestigious category at the Emmys. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments section below.
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