According to Gold Derby’s early 2017 Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Supporting Actress, Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”) is going to win her second straight Emmy for playing various characters on NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series. She joined the cast as a featured player in April 2012 and has already earned four nominations: Best Music and Lyrics in 2014 for “Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)” and Best Comedy Supporting Actress for the last three years in a row. She won last year, becoming the first regular “SNL” cast member to win an Emmy since variety performers were moved into the comedy acting categories in 2008. See more contenders below and then be sure to make or update your Emmy predictions before the nominations are announced July 13.
McKinnon leads the Best Comedy Supporting Actress race with overall odds of 2/1 based on Gold Derby’s racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you. Soon, we’ll also feature the predictions of Emmy Experts from major media outlets, but they haven’t piped in quite yet.
Allison Janney (“Mom”) is in second place with 10/3 odds. She has won this category twice before (2014-2015) out of three previous nominations for her role as Bonnie, an addict in recovery. Overall she has won seven Emmys out of 12 nominations, including four for “The West Wing” and one for her recurring role on “Masters of Sex.” One more victory will tie her with Cloris Leachman as the most awarded performer in Primetime Emmy history.
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) ranks third with 7/2 odds for her role as Amy Brookheimer, the chief of staff for Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). She has been nominated in this category for the past four years in a row, but she has yet to win.
Also with odds of 7/2 is Judith Light (“Transparent”), who plays Shelly Pfefferman, the ex-wife of a transgender woman (Jeffrey Tambor) and the mother of three adult children. She was nominated in this category for the first time last year, and she has one other Primetime Emmy bid for Best Comedy Guest Actress (“Ugly Betty,” 2007). Despite her extensive TV resume those are her only two bids for primetime, but she did win two Daytime Emmys for Best Actress for her role on “One Life to Live” (1980-1981). And it probably doesn’t hurt that she’s a two-time Tony winner.
Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), who also happens to be a Tony champ, ranks fifth with 9/2 odds for playing vain New York socialite Jacqueline White. She was nominated for this role in 2015, but missed the cut in 2016. Before that she received four nominations as demanding actress Jenna Maroney on “30 Rock,” and she earned a pair of Daytime Emmy bids for Best Younger Actress for “Search for Tomorrow” (1986-1987), but she has yet to win an award from the TV academy.
Rounding out our top six predicted nominees is Gaby Hoffmann (“Transparent”) for her role as Ali Pfefferman. She was nominated for the last two years for this role, and she also earned a Best Comedy Guest Actress nom for “Girls” in 2015. Like Chlumsky and Krakowski, she too is aiming for her first Emmy victory.
Following those six contenders on our Best Comedy Supporting Actor chart are Rita Moreno (“One Day at a Time”) in seventh place with 13/2 odds, Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) in eighth place with 15/2 odds, Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) in ninth place with 15/2 odds and Andrea Martin (“Great News”) in 10th place with 8/1 odds.
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