The Emmy for Best Comedy Guest Actress is shaping up to be a two-way race between a breakout star and an established Emmy favorite. The Expert journalists we’ve polled are divided between first-time nominee Tiffany Haddish for hosting “Saturday Night Live” and four-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch for playing a stand-up comic who isn’t what she appears to be in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Haddish currently has the advantage, according to the combined predictions of all of our users, who give her leading odds of 8/15. Among those users, five of our Experts are backing her to win: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).
Though this is the first Emmy nomination for Haddish, she has made quite an impact on the industry in the space of just a year, from her breakthrough performance in “Girls Trip” last summer, to presenting at the Oscars, hosting the MTV Movie and TV Awards and co-starring in the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.” And hosting “SNL” has proven to be a reliable way to win an Emmy. In the last 10 years this award has gone to Betty White (2010), Amy Poehler (2016), Melissa McCarthy (2017) and twice to Tina Fey (2009 and 2016, shared with Poehler).
But three Experts are predicting Lynch: Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Chris Harnick (E!) and Robert Rorke (New York Post). She ranks second overall in our predictions with 7/2 odds, and you must never underestimate her at the Emmys. She was nominated for the first time just eight years ago, but since then she has accumulated 11 nominations and 4 wins. She claimed Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Glee” (2010), Best Reality Host twice for “Hollywood Game Night” (2014-2015) and Best Short Form Actress for “Dropping the Soap” (2017).
The rest of the field is farther behind: Tina Fey for “SNL” (20/1 odds), Molly Shannon for “Will and Grace” (22/1 odds), Maya Rudolph for “The Good Place” (33/1 odds) and Wanda Sykes for “Black-ish” (80/1 odds). Do you agree with our forecasts, or will there be a major upset?
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