Will ‘SNL’ pick up new Emmy nominations for acting? Watch out for Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong, say our All-Stars

Regular cast members from “Saturday Night Live” and other sketch comedies were moved into Emmy categories for comedy supporting actors in 2008, and since then “SNL” has been nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actress almost every single year (2013 was the only year with no “SNL” contenders). But the floodgates opened in 2017 when three women from the show made the cut: Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones and repeat winner Kate McKinnon. Will the show add any other new nominees this year? Our All-Star Top 24 say we should watch out for Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong.

Our All-Star Top 24 were the two dozen users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Emmy nominations, so their forecasts carry more weight when calculating our racetrack odds. As of this writing 23 of them are betting on McKinnon to be nominated again, and 22 say she’ll win her third Emmy in a row. Another 18 predict that Jones will pick up her second straight nom. But who else should we watch out for?

Bayer left “SNL” last year, so she’s not eligible to return, but two of our All-Stars, dsps84 and eastwest, say that Bryant will make the cut for the first time. She has been on the show since 2012 and has played a variety of characters including Adele and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Eastwest also thinks Strong will be nominated for the first time. She has also been a cast member since 2012 playing everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Stormy Daniels.

This could be a good year in general for new actors to break through in this category. In addition to Bayer, two other actors nominated last year are out of the running. Kathryn Hahn didn’t appear in the most recent season of “Transparent,” so she’s ineligible to return. And “Veep” won’t be back on the air until the next Emmy cycle, so Anna Chlumsky is out too.

However, there are past winners who could make a comeback for their shows’ revivals: Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) and Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”). Both are among our predicted nominees according to our odds. Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”) could also make the cut for their first-year shows. So while this year’s absences open up a few doors, the race looks just as competitive as ever.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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