“Saturday Night Live” is on a hot streak in the Emmy race for Best Comedy Guest Actress, winning three in a row for Tiffany Haddish (2018), Melissa McCarthy (2017) and Tina Fey & Amy Poehler (2016). However, our Experts from major media outlets predict an upset in the category this year for Emmy fave Jane Lynch for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” This TV veteran was nominated last year for her complicated role of 1950s gimmick comic Sophie Lennon, ultimately losing to Haddish on Emmy night. Will Lynch get the last laugh this time around?
Lynch is beloved by Emmy voters, having won for her cutthroat role as Sue Sylvester in “Glee” (2010), twice for hosting “Hollywood Game Night” (2014-15) and also for starring in the short-form program “Dropping the Soap” (2017). She’s no stranger to this Comedy Guest Actress category, with a 2010 bid for “Two and a Half Men” (losing to Betty White for “SNL”) in addition to last year’s nom for “Mrs. Maisel.”
Since guest stars must designate their episode submission prior to nominations, we already know that Lynch has entered “Vote For Kennedy, Vote For Kennedy” for Emmy voters to consider. Per the Emmy ballot: “Sophie Lennon is the top female comedian in New York during the 1950s. Her on-stage persona is a tough, working-class broad with a heavy Queens accent and plenty of crude jokes. Off-stage, however, she is the complete opposite, living a moneyed life full of the finer things.”
The episode is a truly a grand showcase for Lynch as voters get to see her as the over-the-top, frumpy comic juxtaposed with her everyday, slightly vengeful character. Sophie has several great scenes with Mrs. Maisel herself (Rachel Brosnahan), as she antagonizes the up-and-comer behind the scenes at a live fundraising telethon. Amazon is so high on the episode that they’ve also entered it in Best Comedy Writing for executive producer Daniel Palladino.
Twelve of our 20 Emmy Experts believe that Lynch is about to walk off with another trophy: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). That results in leading 9/2 racetrack odds for Lynch.
As for the other eight Experts, here’s how their predictions fall:
*Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times) both go with Cate Blanchett (“Documentary Now”)
*Kaitlin Thomas (TVGuide.com) and Ben Travers (Indiewire) both foresee a victory for Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
*Eric Deggans (NPR) opts for Christine Baranski (“The Big Bang Theory”)
*Kelly Lawler (USA Today) chooses Emma Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
*Ed Martin (Media Village) eyes Chloe Sevigny (“Russian Doll”)
*Stacey Wilson Hunt (Gold Derby) picks Sandra Oh (“Saturday Night Live”)
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