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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon looks to keep her Hollywood hot streak going while Allison Janney might need to make some more room on her mantle.

Kate McKinnon and Larry David, "Saturday Night Live"


Quick Hits

  • Last Year’s Winner: Allison Janney, “Mom”
  • Was It an Upset? No
  • Still Eligible? Yes
  • Hot Streak: Allison Janney has only won this category two years in a row, but her towering presence at the TV Academy stretches beyond the Supporting Actress category. She’s won three in the last two years with four nominations, and she’s got six total Emmys on her mantle.
  • Fun Fact: Last year set a record for total nominees with eight.

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While Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been racking up trophy after trophy in the lead actress category, Allison Janney has been doing serious damage in the other two. She’s won two Emmys in a row as a Supporting Actress for “Mom” and added a Guest Actress statue for “Masters of Sex” two years back. The seven-time winner is up for two trophies again this year (for both shows), and she very well could make the Supporting Actress three-peat happen in 2016.

Standing in her way are two “Transparent” performers, Gaby Hoffman and Judith Light, who hope their Amazon series can make a big splash after a stellar second season. Kate McKinnon has already dropped quite the cannonball, as the “SNL” star had quite the summer thanks to her scene-stealing role in the new “Ghostbusters.” Niecy Nash should get a nice push from HBO; that is, if Anna Chlumsky, a three-time runner-up who’s looking for her first win this year, doesn’t get the bulk of their PR love. She deserves it — and the win — but can she finally snap Janney’s win streak?

Below are IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers’ predictions for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which will be updated throughout the awards season. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for all the latest buzz and highlights from the 2016 race, and read the rest of the predictions in all the categories, as well.

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The Nominees:

  1. Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
  2. Gaby Hoffman, “Transparent”
  3. Allison Janney, “Mom”
  4. Judith Light, “Transparent”
  5. Kate McKinnon, “SNL”
  6. Niecy Nash, “Getting On”

Will Win: Allison Janney, “Mom”
Could Win: Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Should Win: Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

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Actually Amy Landecker was the stand out for Transparent season 2. Would love to see Judith Light get it though. Also could see Julie Bowen not making the cut this time…

Q Blume

Is Tina Fey being counted as a supporting actress or guess for this season of UKS. Because if she goes for supporting I would definitely go with her being nominated over Krakowski. Also I know it’s not gonna happen but I would love to see a suprise nomination for Kristen Schaal (The Last Man On Earth) or Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


All these ladies are deserving. I’m rooting for Bialik. She’s standsout among the females on the TBBT. Her timing and delivery of her lines, facial expressions and use of her voice is amazing. She has taken an otherwise boring character and turned it into a quirky, lovable and funny one.

Danny Jude

SNL performers are always at a disadvantage since they appear in some skits, but not all, and play different characters. But Kate McKinnon so deserves an Emmy. She’s brilliant.


Jenifer Lewis for “Black-ish.” One of the funniest women on TV and deserves a nomination.


Correction: Allison Janney has 7 (not 6) Emmys. 2 for Mom, 4 for West Wing and 1 for Masters of Sex.

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