After contending at the Emmys in supporting for the first three seasons of the CBS laffer “Mom” (and winning twice), Allison Janney is jumping up to lead this year. That move pits her against co-star Anna Faris who has yet to reap a bid for her work as the plucky Christy Plunkett. Indeed, Janney, as Christy’s head-strong mother Bonnie, has been the sole representative of the show at the Emmys save for a multi-camera cinematography nomination last year.
While Janney won her first two Comedy Supporting Actress races in 2014 and 2015, she was bested last year by “Saturday Night Live” scene stealer Kate McKinnon. And with McKinnon on a hot streak this year on the late-night sketch show, Janney is smart to get out of her way.
However, it is not like she will have an easy time of it in the ultra-competitive Comedy Actress category. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has owned that award for five years running for her over-the-top portrayal of politico Selina Meyer on “Veep.” Both Janney and Louis-Dreyfus have seven Emmys for acting (Louis-Dreyfus also has two more for producing this back-to-back Comedy Series champ).
Janney changed categories with great success early on in the run of “The West Wing.” As with “Mom,” she had won the supporting prize for the first two seasons of that political drama in 2000 and 2001. Moving up to lead, she took home that Emmy for seasons 3 (2002) and 5 (2004) and also reaped bids in that top race for seasons 4 and 6. Her seventh win was for her recurring role on the Showtime drama “Masters of Sex” in 2014.
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