Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Win - Alec Baldwin "Saturday Night Live"

Could Win - Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" or Louie Anderson "Baskets"

Should Win - Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Commentary - Alec Baldwin was the face of the political and cultural zeitgeist this year, and even just revived his character right in the thick of Emmy voting on the summer edition of Weekend Update. But let's face it, in any other year, a nomination, let alone a win would be amazing. His character is one note (to be fair that is his material), he lacks depth, and he isn't a regular player on SNL. But the political happenings in the world are clearly weighing on Emmy voters, and it would be dumb to ignore that. But, if voters are looking elsewhere, watch out for last year's winner Louie Anderson, who has another great season, and my personal favorite Tituss Burgess. In the old episode system, his Lemonade-inspired episode would have equaled Emmy gold.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Will Win - Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"

Could Win - Leslie Jones "Saturday Night Live", Judith Light "Transparent", or Anna Chlumsky "Veep"

Should Win - Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"

Commentary - Unlike Alec Baldwin, Kate is not only at the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist thanks to her turn as Hillary Clinton, but has her always fantastic array of incredible characters as SNL's biggest star. If she can beat Allison Janney last year, she can easily win this year. But there are a few factors that could hurt her. First, she has two of her cast mates nominated against her, which could split votes, particularly Leslie Jones who is popular right now. Also, the actors may want to reward Judith Light who had an excellent season on Transparent. Finally, and this is just my theory. Two from Transparent and three for SNL could split the votes, and the great Anna Chlumsky might finally win for the ever-popular Veep.

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