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by Peter Knegt and Ben Travers
June 3, 2014 11:39 AM
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2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Supporting Actress

Kevin Pollak and Allison Janney in "Mom." Adam Taylor/CBS

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions through August 25th, when the winners will be announced. 

"Veep" got some more acting love, "Orange is the New Black" slipped into one more top category race, and Allison Janney will be looking to earn her first Emmy for comedy in the 2014 Outstanding Supporting Actress race. Mayim Bialik will represent "The Big Bang Theory" and Julie Bowen has the category to herself this year for "Modern Family" thespians. Can either take their immensely popular shows to the top, or will Kate McKinnon shock the world come August? 

Below are predictions for best comedy supporting actress from both Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers. Check out predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"

Ben's predictions:
Will win: Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"
Could win: Allison Janney, "Mom"
Should win: Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Shoulda been here: Aubrey Plaza, "Parks and Recreation"

Peter's predictions:
Will win: Allison Janney, "Mom"
Could win: Kate Mulgrew, "Orange is the New Black"
Should win: Allison Janney, "Mom"
Shoulda been here: Lauren Weedman, "Looking"


  • lee | July 5, 2014 12:54 PMReply

    when are folk going to wake up to the brilliant comic performance of Kathleen Rose Perkins in Episodes?

  • Adler | July 5, 2014 12:47 PMReply

    My predictions for the nominees (in no particular order):
    Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
    Julie Bowen, Modern Family
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black
    Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
    Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie

    Who will win: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
    Who could win: Allison Janney (Mom)
    Who should win: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
    Who should be here: Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation)

  • nikk | June 28, 2014 10:29 PMReply

    Betty White could be back for Hot in Cleveland.

  • UEFL | June 26, 2014 8:27 PMReply

    Hi! I am UEFL, a television critic. Now, the comedy category has proved themselves worthier than the Dramas after last year's 30 Rock got more nominations than any show, as well as 30 Rock holding the record for most nominations in a given year for any show: 22. So, unless Modern Family gets all their cast nominated, they will never beat this record. Last year, I was suprised by Merritt Weaver winning, thinking Mayim Bialik had it in the bag. But, here are my predictions, spoils and then the perfect worlds!

    1) Allison Janey, Mom (She has it in her purse)
    2) Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory (Long overdue, but perfect)
    3) Julie Bowen, Modern Family (This season gave her a whole new meaning, AWESOME)
    4) Anna Chlumsky, Veep (Should be here, or else)
    5) Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie (Edie Falco and she carries the great show)
    6) Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (She was great this season)


    Anyone from Trophy Wife
    Either Sarah Hyland or Alex Winter from Modern Family (Finally, they submitted this year)
    Anyone from Orange Is The New Black (Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew are huge spoilers)
    Anyone from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    In A Good World

    Anyone from Devious Maids
    Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
    Anyone from Saturday Night Live

  • Scoooter | June 23, 2014 3:31 AMReply

    I would say Ariel Winter from Modern Family is also a strong contender this year, most notably in the episode "Under Pressure"

  • Emilio | June 21, 2014 5:18 PMReply

    Chelsea Peretti for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

  • Nichola | June 19, 2014 6:23 AMReply

    Uzo Aduba, Crazy Eyes

  • ComeBackShane | June 18, 2014 7:06 PMReply

    Uzo Aduba OITNB

  • ASFan | June 2, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    What about Melissa Fumero on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? Seamlessly going from a soap opera and guest appearances in crime dramas to being a total natural funny girl deserves some recognition.

  • Warren | May 13, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    im sorry, but what about taryn manning for orange is the new black. she deserves so much more than these girls and im seriously merrit wevers number on fan

  • Jason | May 2, 2014 8:58 PMReply

    Kaley Cuoco should be here

  • Jay | April 23, 2014 11:53 AMReply

    Allison Janney is a serious contender

  • Maria | April 8, 2014 6:22 PMReply

    I can't see Mayim not getting nominated. She's been phenomenal all season.

  • Melody | April 8, 2014 5:45 PMReply

    Gotta have Mayim Bialik not only nominated but win. She is by far the best comedic actress out there!

  • Greg | May 2, 2014 8:59 PM

    Allison Janney should win

  • HFS | April 8, 2014 3:23 PMReply

    Allison Janney YES! Margo Martindale YES!