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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 22nd 2010 5:04PM
Julie Bowen, Jane Krakowski, Jane Lynch, Holland Taylor, Sofia Vergara, Kristen Wiig - Emmy nominees for best suppoting comedy actress
Over the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Yesterday, I made my pick in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category. Today, I look at what seems to be the biggest lock of the night: the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy category.

Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'
Jane Krakowski, '30 Rock'
Jane Lynch, 'Glee'
Holland Taylor, 'Two and a Half Men'
Sofia Vergara, 'Modern Family'
Kristen Wiig, 'Saturday Night Live'

Who will win: Jane Lynch. No doubt about it. 'Glee' was the most popular new show of the season, and she was the most popular member of that show's humongous cast. Lynch deserved all the press she got; even though her character of Sue Sylvester drifted into cartoonish territory at times, she was compelling to watch, and her presence was missed in the few episodes where she was rarely or not used. Also, Lynch is a veteran character actor finally getting her chance to shine. The Academy loves those kinds of stories.

Who should win:
Lynch. This is one of the few categories where "will" and "should" are the same. There are about a half-dozen episodes that she could have submitted for award consideration. 'Wheels,' for instance, comes to mind; in that episode, the scene where Lynch visits her sister with Down syndrome showed that she could tone it down and give Sue some depth. But Lynch chose to submit 'The Power of Madonna,' and for good reason: it was a Sue Sylvester tour de force. The video remake of 'Vogue' alone should get her the title.

Dark Horse: It's hard to call her a dark horse since she's been nominated so many times, but Holland Taylor could take the statuette for a few of reasons: 1) There's a 'Glee' backlash and the show gets shut out; 2) Bowen and Vergara from 'Modern Family' could cancel each other out, 3) '30 Rock' has had an off year, ruling out Krakowski, and 4) There were too many good performances this year to justify giving the award for the first time to an 'SNLer' like Wiig. If Lynch doesn't win (which is doubtful), I could see Taylor walking away with the prize.

Who do you think will take home the Emmy?

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See, I thought Jenna/Krakowski were easily the saving grace of 30 Rock's hit-and-miss season. (Which is still better than The Office's primarily MISS season. Gag. Seething Hate. Et cetera.) Here's a sample:

"Drama is like gay men Gatorade. It replenishes their electrolytes."

I LOLed so hard, I had to pause.

Anyway, she won't win probably, and it would *seem* like Lynch has this sewn up. But I never trust that, because we all know to well what assuming a frontrunner often leads to.

However, in this instance, I feel she'll take it. (And I'll consider it in part for Party Down!) If anyone should upset though, it should be Vergara, who managed to humanize a stereotype, yet still make her raucously funny for all of her hispanic characteristics. Or, for being hilarious despite playing the "straight (wo)man" character to Burrell's wingnut, Bowen could find herself a surprise winner as well.

These supporting categories are potentially the most exciting, because the MF love could swing votes every which way but loose....Can't wait.

August 26 2010 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Im rooting for Jane Krakowski & the MODEN FAMILY Laides who are both amazing but I am especially rooting for Sofia Vergara who is so hilarious

July 22 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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