AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: With seven acting Emmy nominations in a row, Kate McKinnon has won this race twice and gives a compelling reason for her to have Lorne Michaels keep her as part of the cast as long as humanly possible. With more political impressions, most notably Rudy Giuliani, she seems like the most likely nominee of the oversupply of “Saturday Night Live” women that are likely to pour into this category this year. Right behind her is Cecily Strong, whose memorable finale appearance as Jeanine Pirro is one of the undeniable highlights of the season and is in contention for a consecutive nom. With Maya Rudolph competing in the guest comedy actress race, it leaves more wiggle room for other cast standouts such as Aidy Bryant, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim and Melissa Villaseñor.
And then there is “Ted Lasso’s” Rebecca Welton…is she a Goddess among men? Hannah Waddingham, for sure, is. As the newly divorced owner of AFC Richmond, she demands the focus of the camera and viewer, establishing herself as a formidable contender to take this prize despite a Globes snub. As “Ted Lasso” continues to pick up steam, her nomination becomes more cemented with each passing day, even likely pulling in the great Juno Temple.
We’ve searched long and far to see what we did as a nation to deserve Paula Pell’s Gloria, the former girl-group singer-turned-dentist in Peacock’s smashing “Girls5eva.” We don’t have an answer, but we’ll take it. The Emmy-winning writer of “Saturday Night Live” gets her time in the spotlight to not only deliver incredible zingers, but also an emotional heft that stands out in this field. What’s better than one member of “Girls5eva” in an acting category? The answer really is all of them, but where they are competing is split: Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry are going lead, while Pell and Busy Philipps are competing alongside each other here. And this race may be the easiest place to recognize the show in a major way. As Summer, the “almost hot one,” we haven’t seen a more dedicated and invented comedic performance, at least in the way Philipps executes it.
Three-time Emmy nominee for choreographing “In Living Color” Rosie Perez has a cliffhanging arc that likely sets up HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” for multiple seasons. An undeniable talent in this industry, she takes delicate care of her Megan Briscoe in each frame, and if nominated, she’ll be just the third Latina woman to be celebrated in this category, following Liz Torres (for “The John Larroquette Show” in 1994 and 1995) and Sofia Vergara (for “Modern Family” from 2010-2013).
The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding on June 28. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, 2021.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:
"Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
EMMY HISTORY: Eight nominations, two wins (supporting comedy actress for "Saturday Night Live" in 2016 and 2017)
ROLE: Various characters
CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang