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67th Primetime Emmys: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series   Leave a comment

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After doing some of the program predictions, let’s shift to the acting categories this time around considering the Creative Emmy Awards ceremony is just around the corner. We’ll practice ladies first, so let’s do the funny ladies of Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. With no Orange is the New Black eligible this year, it freed up half of the slots from last year, though this year’s lineup is a combination of both old and new names.

Tina Fey has been a stable in this category the last few years, mostly for her hosting stint in Saturday Night Live. This time around, she’s finally nominated for a role in the series (albeit one she created) for her turn in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Her role as the incompetent prosecutor Marcia has been highlighted in her episode “Kimmy Goes to Court!” where we see her character mostly just reacting to the court scenes. This isn’t a bad episode per se, but more of an instant name checking considering the snubbed performances.

Gaby Hoffmann enters this year’s Emmys with a bang easily garnering two acting nominations in the comedy genre. One is for her role in the Comedy Series nominee Transparent, but her nomination here is for her role as Caroline Sackler. Submitting the season finale “Home Birth”, the title refers around Hoffmann’s character episode. When Caroline goes a month earlier into her labor, we see her scream in pain. It’s a pretty loud and showy performance — literally — considering that Hoffmann was nude in all scenes but one. Birth episodes have worked well in the past (once, even an easy way to win an Emmy), so the trend could continue with Hoffman.

Previously nominated for this role already, Emmy winner Christine Baranski got another nod for her role as Leonard’s mother, Dr. Beverly Hofstadfer. In her submitted episode “The Maternal Combustion”, she visits her son though this time we’ve seen her clashing with Sheldon’s religious mother. While this role has brought Baranski two previous nominations already, she has yet to win for this one. She’s lucky though that co-star Laurie Metcalfe was snubbed since it’s hard to play the straight role against the showy ones (which hurts her chances), but maybe her overdue factor can help her with the Emmy win.

While Pamela Adlon has an Emmy under her name, it’s her first time to be recognized for her acting in Louie. In her episode “Bobby’s House”, her character, bearing the same name as her, went into a cross dressing adventure with Louie leading to a sex scene until she addressed the state of their relationship. The performance ended on a dramatic note, but the general feel of the episode paints her as an aggressive sexual woman which, not surprisingly, can garner her more votes.

In the five seasons that it has been on air, Modern Family has guested big stars from Tyne Daly to Minnie Driver and Ellen Barkin to Carol Burnett. But none of them managed to receive a nod for their work on the show. History was rewritten this year when Elizabeth Banks finally got Modern Family its first Guest Actress nomination. As the couple Cam and Mitchell’s friend Sal, we see another side of Banks’ character be more responsible than the usual in her submission “Fight or Flight.” However, she’s really lacking on the screentime in this episode only appearing in the early minutes only to come back and wrap up her storyline in the last few. I think the success of Pitch Perfect 2 paved the way for this nomination, and add the fact that Banks is well liked in the community. But I don’t think a path to win is that clear.

Lastly, for her role as Sheila Jackson, Joan Cusack receives her fifth consecutive nomination (and her second in the Comedy field). In her episode this year, the season opener “Milk of the Gods”, we find Sheila finally living with now husband Frank. However, her attention is focused on Sammi and Chuckie. Her highlighted scene in this episode is her discovery that they had sex in the living room and picking up the dildo below the sofa. Cusack has loss for far better episodes before, but then again, there isn’t anyone close to a real frontrunner here so that might work in her favor.

The only ones I don’t see winning here are Tina Fey and Elizabeth Banks. Both Joan Cusack and Christine Baranski might end up with the trophy if we’re talking about overdue in terms of nominated performances. However, I’m leaning to the two bolder performances – that of a crossdressing Pamela Adlon and a nude Gaby Hoffmann to dominate. While I won’t be surprised to see Adlon take the plum, Hoffmann’s one two punch of nominations this year is an indication of support that can lead to the win.

Prediction: Gaby Hoffmann, “Girls
Alternate: Pamela Adlon, “Louie

Full Rankings:
01. Gaby Hoffmann, “Girls
02. Pamela Adlon, “Louie
03. Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
04. Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
05. Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family
06. Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

Check my other 2015 Emmy prediction analysis.

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ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2012   Leave a comment

EPISODE SUBMISSIONS:

• Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock” (The Return of Avery Jessup)
• Kathy Bates, “Two and a Half Men” (Why We Gave Up Women)
• Margaret Cho, “30 Rock” (The Return of Avery Jessup)
• Dot Marie Jones, “Glee” (Choke)
• Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Melissa McCarthy)
• Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Maya Rudolph)

It’s funny to note how everyone’s supposed frontrunner Ellen Barkin was snubbed for a nomination when she was even predicted to be the winner this year. Anyway, Elizabeth Banks reaped a consecutive nod as Avery Jessup, and I find her submission to be better this year than her baby storyline last year. However, while I’m a fan of her chemistry with Alec Baldwin, I feel that her banters with him can go either way: people appreciating it or people feeling Baldwin owned that scene. Still Emmyless Kathy Bates nabbed two noms this year, and the first one is for her portrayal as the reincarnation of Charlie Sheen’s character in Two and a Half Men. In her submitted episode, she gets to smoke cigar and play the role of Charlie that is reminiscent of the Emmy nominated character. If voters feel that she’s somewhat overdue, I can see them giving her the Emmy in this category. Margaret Cho seems like a very humble character actress who was very elated with her Emmy nomination; however, her material simply does not warrant it. Her total episode screentime reminds me of Ellen Busrtyn’s infamous 2006 nomination. Yes, she gets to play different characters, but even in her submitted episode, it was her co-nominee Banks that stole the show from her. Dot Marie Jones remains to be the sole major Emmy nod for Glee, and her consecutive nod is an assurance that voters really like her character. While her episode tends to be on the dramatic side, she certainly leaves enough impact at the end f her episode, and I won’t be surprised if voters reward her with the trophy. The last two noms are both from Saturnday Night Live; the first one is current Emmy Best Actress Comedy champ Melissa McCarthy. In her submitted episode, she was really memorable especially in the skits that involved tasting a new salad dressing and the one where she keeps on falling the stairs. Those two skits alone can definitely assure her a justified and deserved win, IMO. The other SNL nominated performance belongs to Maya Rudolph who is a past SNL alum. This is the first time she hosted the show, and I’m really happy that she got nominated. The variation of the roles she played from a white trash (with Amy Poehler) to Beyonce to Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou is really memorable, and she blends well with the cast that it’s just pure comic genius that you’re seeing while watching the episode.

In the end, I feel it’s a battle of the Bridesmaids co-stars. At one hand, McCarthy being Emmy champ and the current comedy it girl can reap a second Emmy win, and like what I said, this win is definitely justified if it happens. She also has a bigger chance of winning here than reaping a second Lead Actress Comedy win, so if voters really want to reward her, they might vote for her here. On the other hand, Maya Rudolph also poses as a threat having the longest screentime and most memorable characters played in her episode (her Beyonce skit is Emmy worthy already!). If there happens to be a vote splitting between them, then expect Dot Marie Jones to prevail here with her serious and dramatic episode. But for now, I’m sticking with Maya Rudolph.

Prediction: Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Dark Horse: Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

Complete Rankings:
1. Rudolph
2. McCarthy
3. Jones
4. Bates
5. Banks
6. Cho