“I’m going with Jane Lynch because she lost last year to Tiffany Haddish for her SNL stint,” Susan Wloszczyna says of the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actress. Lynch is an Emmy nominee for a second time as a guest comedy actress in the Amazon Prime series.
She also notes that her part as Sophie Lennon, a stand-up comic rival of Rachel Brosnahan’s Midge Maisel, makes a bigger contribution in the show’s second season, adding that Sophie was “crucial in many ways in what happens to Mrs. Maisel.” Also, Lynch’s character is actually two people. “She is pretending to be this hick comedian who makes fun of herself. But then when you see her in real life, she has a whole other role. So, it’s two roles in one.”
Wloszczyna discussed her reasons for picking Lynch, who is not lacking for trophies given that she has won four Primetime Emmys already. One was for her supporting comedy role as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on “Glee” in 2010 and two others were for Reality Program Host duties as the overseer of “Hollywood Game Night” in 2013 and 2015. Her fourth win arrived in 2017 in the category of Short Form Comedy/Drama Actress for “Dropping the Soap.” In fact, she has been nominated at least once in every year since 2010 save for 2012. So the voters kind of like her.
She discussed her reasoning for backing Lynch for Best Guest Comedy Actress with fellow Gold Derby Editors Joyce Eng, Daniel Montgomery, Marcus James Dixon and Chris Beachum. And, of course, some disagreed.
Eng proclaims: “This one is where I’m going out on a limb with Kristen Scott Thomas,” who is up for her successful and insightful business woman on “Fleabag.” “I’m kind of discounting Fiona Shaw here because she just has a really small part on ‘Fleabag.’ I feel like she has a better chance of winning for supporting for ‘Killing Eve.’ But Kristin had this really great monologue about menopause in her episode. It’s like almost five minutes long. It’s this really great interaction with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and it got a lot of high praise.”
Montgomery confesses he was thinking the exact same thing. “I’ve got Jane Lynch, I’m playing it safe, but I do have Kristin Scott Thomas ranked second. She’s a big Oscar-nominated movie star in a really big showcase role. I think it’s those two as one and two unless they just want to back the truck up to Sandra Oh for ‘SNL’. ” He is referring to the fact that Oh is up for three other Emmys: Best Drama Actress and also as a producer of “Killing Eve” along with her co-hosting role with Andy Samberg for the Golden Globe Awards.
For now, Lynch is on top of the combined predictions of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users with the Emmy-less Maya Rudolph nominated for a second time in a row for her role as Judge Jen on “The Good Place” as No. 2.
As for Dixon, he admits, “I would vote for Maya Rudolph if I were an Emmy voter. I don’t know if she gives a broad enough performance. She’s basically playing herself in a judge’s robe.” But he doubts the voters will go for that. “I think everything that Susan says about Jane Lynch is true. She gives the physical transformation, she’s kind of a villainous role … but she also has her heroic moments.”
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