Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) could capitalize on Supporting Actress Emmy shakeup, according to one of our Experts

The Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress was thrown into flux with the cancellation of “Roseanne” by ABC. Three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf seemed like a strong contender to win again for reprising her role as Jackie on the famous sitcom, but if her chances have taken a hit, who could capitalize? One of our Emmy Experts warns of an upset by the legendary Rita Moreno (“One Day at a Time”).

Moreno is beloved by Hollywood and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. She co-stars in “One Day at a Time” in a scene-stealing performance as Lydia, the matriarch of a Cuban-American family. She was snubbed last year at the Emmys, but she’s still a Hollywood darling, one of only 12 people to have completed the EGOT grand slam of showbiz awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. And the Emmy landscape has shifted in ways that may give her an advantage this year.

There’s more room to maneuver in this year’s Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Last year’s nominees Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) and Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) are out: Bayer left her show, and “Veep” didn’t air any new episodes in this Emmy cycle. “Roseanne’s” supporting actresses may be tainted by the show’s scandals, and so might “Transparent‘s.”

And in addition to her boisterous performance on “One Day,” she made memorable appearances at the SAG Awards, where she presented Morgan Freeman (who is now embroiled in a controversy of his own) with his Life Achievement Award. Then she presented at the 90th Annual Academy Awards wearing the same dress she accepted her own Oscar in when she claimed Best Supporting Actress for “West Side Story” (1961).

Overall, when you combine the predictions of about 2,000 Gold Derby users Moreno ranks sixth with 10/1 odds, so she’s at least in position for a nomination. But we’ve polled 16 Expert journalists as of this writing and one of them, Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), says Moreno will win.

That said, Moreno still has an uphill climb against odds-on favorite and two-time defending champ Kate McKinnon (“SNL”), who is overwhelmingly favored in our predictions with leading odds of 10/3. Is she a sure thing to three-peat, or can Moreno really pull off an upset?

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