‘Mom’ triples Emmy nominations in Season 3, but can it win other than for Allison Janney?

For the past two years, fans of multi-cam comedies wondered why CBS’s “Mom” failed to reap any Emmy nominations other than for supporting player Allison Janney. But for Season 3, TV academy voters got their act together and tripled the show’s number of nominations. Besides two-time reigning champ Janney, the show is also up for Best Multi-Camera Cinematography and Best Multi-Camera Picture Editing. But can “Mom” nurse those nominations into wins?

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In the race for Best Multi-Camera Cinematography, “Mom” faces off against fellow CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” and TV Land’s “The Soul Man.”

Since “Mom” is on the upswing in nominations this year with three, does that make it the frontrunner to win this category? Or might “Big Bang,” with seven bids and huge viewership ratings, claim victory here? Either way, lenser Steven V. Silver wins as he’s nominated for both shows. Silver also prevailed in this category in 2007, 2011 and 2012 for “Two and Half Men,” another CBS sitcom.

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Best Multi-Camera Picture Editing is a battle between “Mom,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Horace And Pete,” “Last Man Standing,” “Mike & Molly” and “2 Broke Girls.” Can first-time contender “Mom” beat “Big Bang” in this race, which has taken home the gold the past two years in a row?

If voters are looking to honor something out of the box, watch out for Louis C.K.‘s webseries “Horace and Pete” to be a potential spoiler. This program stands alone as the only drama nominated among five other multi-cam sitcoms, so it’s the proverbial apple in a barrel of oranges and could prevail if vote-splitting occurs.

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As for Janney’s chances of three-peating for Best Comedy Supporting Actress, seven of Gold Derby’s 14 Emmy experts from major media outlets think she’s the one to beat. Meanwhile, three experts predict Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), two back the bid for Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), and one each vote for Niecy Nash (“Getting On”) and Judith Light (“Transparent”).

When you add in Janney’s four awards for “The West Wing” and her guest-acting prize for “Masters of Sex,” that brings her total to seven. One more victory will tie Janney with Cloris Leachman as the most awarded performer at the Primetime Emmys. Will voters be able to resist welcoming Janney into the record books?

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