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Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 Emmy Questions: Mom

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STRONG EDUCATED GUESS NOMINATIONS: Best Lead Comedy Actress (Anna Faris), Best Supporting Comedy Actress (Allison Janney)

QUESTION ONE: Will Anna Faris earn an Emmy nomination?

There is a ginormous hole in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category that Anna Faris is primed to take advantage of. Out of the six nominees who earned a nomination last year, two (Tina Fey from 30 Rock and Laura Dern from Enlightened) aren't eligible this year. I can guarantee you that Taylor Schilling from Orange Is The New Black is going to get one of those spots, but the other one? I have absolutely no idea. Early on I thought that Emmy Rossum from Shameless could earn that last spot, but I wasn't confident at the time about that, and I certainly don't feel that same way now. I wrote in my Brooklyn Nine-Nine piece that Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) was the favorite with the possibility for Melissa Fumeo to sneak in if the Emmy's truly love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but again I am not confident about that prediction in the least.

But then I looked at and many of their editors were predicting Anna Faris from Mom to earn that last spot. This was a complete shock to me, mainly because that thought never crossed my mind. I never watched Mom and I hadn't heard *that* many good things about it.

But Anna Faris is a movie star. In fact, she's probably on the same "fame level" as Zooey Deschanel, and Deschanel earned an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination in her rookie year for New Girl. I've never seen an episode of Mom in my life so I can't accurately judge whether Faris has a good Emmy submission episode or not. But I do know that Anna Faris is extremely talented, and having her earn a nomination wouldn't surprise me in the least.

I still don't know who is going to earn that "sixth nomination spot," but I do know that Anna Faris is the leading candidate.

QUESTION TWO: Will Allison Janney earn an Emmy nomination?

Unlike the Lead Actress field, the Supporting Actress field is extremely crowded. Last year, there were *seven* nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series field, as opposed to the normal six. While Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) isn't eligible this year even though she earned a nomination last year, that leaves six returning nominees still eligible. Personally, I think Jane Lynch from Glee who earned a nomination in 2013 will not earn one again in 2014, but I also personally believe that Kate Mulgrew from Orange Is The New Black will take over "Lynch's spot". It's just extremely tough for Allison Janney to earn a nomination.

But with all of that being said, the Emmy's *LOVE* Allison Janney. They probably love Janney more than they love Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Janney has four Primetime Emmy's for her work on The West Wing. She won two Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series awards in 2000 and 2001 and two Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series awards in 2002 and 2004. Allison Janney is one of the few actors to actually 3-peat at the Emmy's. It doesn't matter the category, Allison Janney will dominate. 

So to predict that Janney will earn a nomination is a damn good bet. It's the same logic I used to predict that Connie Britton (Nashville) would earn a nomination last year and probably the same reason JLD keeps getting nominated and winning.  

Truth be told, there's probably a great chance Allison Janney earns a nomination because the Emmy's absolutely love her. But I'm having a tough time determining who she, for all intents and purposes, boots out of this category. Or maybe the Emmy's will give seven ladies a nomination again. 

QUESTION THREE: Does Mom have a chance to earn any other nominations in 2014?


Even though there are a fair amount of holes to fill in the comedy nominations department, mainly due to 30 Rock ending, Mom still doesn't have a chance to earn any other nominations outside of Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress. Newcomers like Orange Is The New Black and Brooklyn Nine-Nine along with existing shows like Girls, Louie, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and Veep are plenty to help fill any comedy void that may exist in 2014.


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