“Since she first made an appearance, we felt like Melissa McCarthy potentially would be here if she would only host an episode [of ‘Saturday Night Live’]. I don’t think they would have even submitted her for doing one sketch here and there,” says Gold Derby editor Chris Beachum about McCarthy’s chances of winning the Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actress. “But then she, as we predicted, all of a sudden was hosting one there in May, so it almost seemed like it was aimed for this reason.” Watch Beachum discuss the race above with his fellow editors Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery.
McCarthy made headlines when she surprised audiences with a cameo appearance as embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer. She made periodic appearances on the show before officially hosting the show on May 13. Montgomery explains, “This was her fifth time [hosting ‘SNL’], and she’s been nominated for all four previous times.” Since McCarthy has never missed in this category (she earned guest acting bids in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016), she stands a good chance of getting back in, and now a good chance of winning too.
In total, McCarthy has earned seven Emmy nominations, including three Best Comedy Actress bids for her CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly,” for which she won in 2011. Now she could be one of four Emmy winning actors for “SNL” this year, which would be an unprecedented feat. Alec Baldwin could win Comedy Supporting Actor for his own political impression as Donald Trump, Kate McKinnon could repeat as Comedy Supporting Actress for her various roles, including Hillary Clinton, and several men are in the running for Comedy Guest Actor, including Tom Hanks, Dave Chappelle and Aziz Ansari.
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