2011 Emmy predictions: Supporting Actress in a Comedy

The show airs September 18.

Over the course of the next several weeks leading up to the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, we are going to look every weekday at a given category not only in terms of who will win, but also who should be walking away with the trophy. (To view some of our other Emmy predictions, all you have to do is head over here.)

This time around, the focus is on the category of Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

The nominees

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Who will win

You can very well rule out Bowen (who lacks the Emmy buzz of Vergara), Krakowski (who seems to not be getting any recognition lately), and Wiig (who people either love or hate) immediately. This leaves us with what could be one of the most exciting three-person races of the entire Emmys.

When it comes to Jane Lynch, she has a good bit doing for her in that she is the show’s host, and it is airing on her network in Fox this year. However, Sue Sylvester was wasted for a good part of the season from the Super Bowl episode until right before her sister passed away. As for Betty White, she’s got the pedigree that voters love — even if “Hot in Cleveland” is not nearly as funny as any of the other shows nominated.

Ultimately, we are going with Vergara here as the ultimate favorite to take this home. Not only is she a red-carpet darling, but her performance is genuinely funny and she narrowly lost to Lynch last year. With “Modern Family” shining in season two, this seems ripe for her taking.

Who should win

It won’t happen, but Julie Bowen. Out of all the stars on the list, she plays the most “normal” person of the bunch — and does it in a way that is still brilliantly hilarious. She never seems over-the-top, and you constantly want to root for her. Over the past several years she has been consistently one of the most underrated stars on television — and that is saying something once you consider how much of a magnet “Modern Family” is to awards shows.

As for the other nominees, Wiig’s only major highlight last year came from a tea-themed sketch with Justin Timberlake, and Betty really just did what she has done for the past three years (which is funny, but not exactly Emmy-worthy). We’ve already touched on Jane’s problem, and while Vergara and Krakowski have been fantastic, it really should not be their year.



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