Alex Borstein is the odds-on favorite to win her second straight Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and if you go by a recent trend, it’d be hard to bet against her. Should Borstein prevail again, it’d be the fourth time this decade someone won two in a row in this category.
The three champs to defend their crowns since 2010 are Julie Bowen (“Modern Family, 2011-12), Allison Janney (“Mom,” 2014-15) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live,” 2016-17). That means Borstein would be the third back-to-back winner in a row. The only two one-and-done champs this decade are Jane Lynch (“Glee,” 2010) and Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”), who gave one of the best and shortest speeches in 2013.
Borstein, who also took home a voiceover Emmy last year for “Family Guy,” should have no problem making the cut the again and another win is certainly not out of the question — she had enough support to get into the single comedy actress field at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she lost to her co-star Rachel Brosnahan.
Speaking of Brosnahan, she’ll have to face off against Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) in Best Comedy Actress Emmy. If voters don’t want to deny Louis-Dreyfus her seventh statuette for “Veep” but also want to spread the love, they could check off JLD and Borstein to cover their bases. Borstein, of course, has her own “Veep” star to deal with, Anna Chlumsky, but Chlumsky is 0-5 in the category. Sure, it’s her last chance to win for “Veep,” but Emmy voters aren’t as sentimental as you might think.
If Borstein doesn’t repeat, it might signal the end of this trend. Before Bowen, the last person to go back to back was Doris Roberts, who triumphed three years in a row for “Everybody Loves Raymond” from 2001-03; she won a fourth time in 2005.
Trailing Borstein on our odds are McKinnon, Chlumsky, Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”), Marin Hinkle (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Olivia Colman (“Fleabag”).
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.