2014 Emmy Picks: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate Mulgrew OITNB Emmys

With the Emmy Awards airing tonight on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.

Since I looked at all the major drama categories on Friday, I’ll be focusing on the comedy ones today to see who has the best shot at winning the Emmy for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Comedy Series. First up: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.


Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Should win: Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

I’ve only seen the first eight episodes of Orange Is the New Black‘s first season (which I plan on finishing very soon before diving into season two), but I don’t think I would need to finish the remaining five episodes of season one to help me make my choice about who should win for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series tonight at the Emmy. It’s Kate Mulgrew, who plays the tough, Russian prison chef, Red. At times heartbreaking and hilarious, Mulgrew’s performance never misses a beat and provides a solid center to the wacky and wonderful universe that is the prison setting of Orange Is the New Black. If I had an Emmy ballot, she’d get my vote.

Will win: Allison Janney, Mom

While I consider Mulgrew most deserving for the Emmy, all signs point to Allison Janney taking home the award for her performance in the CBS sitcom, Mom. And, honestly, that’s okay. Janney has already won one Emmy this year for her absolutely fantastic guest acting performance during the first season of Showtime’s Master of Sex. By the end of tonight, she will most likely have another statue to take home, unless Orange Is the New Black has a huge night at the Emmys and ends up sweeping all the major categories. That’s the only way I see someone toppling the powerhouse that is Janney.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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