In less than a month, the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held hosted by Glee's Jane Lynch. These awards will reward the best in television this past year. Leading up to the announcements of who will win, I will be looking at all of the acting categories and trying to predict who I think will bring home the trophy.
Today, I will be looking at the competition in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Elizabeth Banks - 30 Rock
Kristin Chenoweth - Glee
Tina Fey - Saturday Night Live
Dot-Marie Jones - Glee
Cloris Leachman - Raising Hope
Gwyneth Paltrow - Glee
Out of these six nominees only two have previous been nominated for these same roles: Fey (2009-2010) and Chenoweth (2010). Fey won in this category at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Three of these nominees (Banks, Jones, Paltrow) are completely new to this category. The final contender, Leachman, has quite the resume in this category. She holds the records for most nominations (8) and most wins (3). She won at the 1975, 2002, and 2006 Emmy Awards for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Malcolm in the Middle.
The winner in the category is determined by Emmy voters watching an episode each nominee submitted for consideration which they believe offers the best work they did this past year. Voters will then cast their ballot on who they think was the best.
Just like Emmy voters, I have watched all six of the episode selections and my opinion will be based solely on how I think Emmy voters will react to the material in these episodes. Here is a breakdown of my thoughts.
Elizabeth Banks: Episode "Double-Edged Sword"
- She is really funny in this episode where she has to give birth to her and Jack's baby in Canada. I really do hope that there are no Canadians on the voting panel because she offers some real funny one-liners about them. Unfortunately, I am going to rank her quite low because in this episode her story is not the main plot and even when she's on screen Alec Baldwin always outshines her. The battle between Tina Fey and Matt Damon is the real highlight of the episode and although that helps them in their categories (both submitted this episode as well), it really hurts Banks' chances.
Kristin Chenoweth: Episode "Rumours"
Tina Fey: Episode "Host: Tina Fey"
Dot-Marie Jones: Episode "Never Been Kissed"
- First off, I would just like to congratulate Dot-Marie on getting nominated in this category. In recent years, the guest acting categories have been comprised of the most famous movie stars who appeared on TV this year. During the nomination phrase, voters don't have to watch any episodes to cast their ballot which means they'll just check off the people they know. Jones isn't famous but it is outstanding that she touched enough people with her performance this year for voters to push her into this category. That being said, although I love her character, she really doesn't have a chance of winning. She is the vocal point of the episode but she doesn't offer a ton of screentime and really isn't the funny lady voters are typically looking for in this category. I love her dramatic speech near the end but it will not win her this Emmy.
Cloris Leachman: Episode "Don't Vote for this Episode"
Gwyneth Paltrow: Episode "The Substitute"
In my opinion, in this category there are two big divides amongst the nominees: the bottom three, the two past favorites, and a clear frontrunner. Based on everything I have said here, I feel very confident that Paltrow will walk away with this trophy. If she doesn't win, I will truly be shocked.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
2. Tina Fey
3. Cloris Leachman
4. Dot-Marie Jones
5. Elizabeth Banks
6. Kristin Chenoweth