Is it going to be déjà vu in the comedy guest acting Emmy races? “Saturday Night Live” won both categories last year and our early odds are forecasting another “SNL” sweep in September with victories for Tiffany Haddish and Bill Hader.
Should that come to pass, this would be the third time “SNL” has swept both categories in the same year. The first was in 2009 — the first year “SNL” hosts were eligible in the guest races — when Timberlake and Tina Fey prevailed. Last year, Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle grabbed gold during “SNL”‘s renaissance year; the former’s win was expected, thanks to her legendary Sean Spicer impersonation, but Chappelle stunned fellow “SNL” hosts Tom Hanks and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and eternal Emmy bridesmaid Hugh Laurie (“Veep”).
Fey is nominated again this year and was the top pick in our predictions during nominations, but Haddish has usurped her now that now nominations are out. The “Girls Trip” star, who submitted herself after NBC went with Fey and Saoirse Ronan, had a breakout year and gave us one of the best running gags during her hosting stint: rewearing her $4,000 white Alexander McQueen gown that she donned to the “Girls Trip” premiere. She wore it for a third time to the Oscars and a fourth time at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Better break that out for the Creative Arts Emmys.
Hader is still the favorite to win comedy guest actor, one of five categories in which he’s facing off against Donald Glover, who’s up in guest for his own “SNL” hosting gig. Glover’s predicted to win Best Comedy Actor for “Atlanta” over Hader for “Barry,” so if voters want to split the acting categories between them, this is one option. Hader has an Emmy for “South Park,” but never won for “SNL” as a regular cast member or a guest host.
If “SNL” only triumphs in one of the guest categories, it’s still another big feather in its cap. Since 2009, there have only been two years in which the sketch series did not win at least one of the guest awards: 2013 and 2015. Betty White won in 2010, followed by Timberlake again in 2011, Jimmy Fallon in 2012 and 2014, and a shared victory between Fey and Amy Poehler in 2016.
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