Who will win for Best Actress in a Showtime Semi-Comedy?
Melissa McCarthy of 'Mike & Molly'
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Nomination Status: Gotta pick a few nomination mini-surprises. This is one.
In Her Favor: Melissa McCarthy has been giving likable small screen performances from "Gilmore Girls" through "Samantha Who?" and now in the season's biggest new comedy hit. A nomination here would be a salute to popularity, a salute to multi-camera comedies and a recognition of a "new" star. I've actually seen a few people suggest McCarthy may be an Oscar contender for "Bridesmaids." That sounds a bit extreme, but there's no question people noticed her and her sink etiquette. McCarthy will also be announcing the Emmy nominations on July 14, so it would be a nice moment if she scored a nod.
Working Against Her: Much of the popularity of "Mike & Molly" can be attributed to its "Two and a Half Men" lead-in, so we don't really know how popular the show actually is. Most of the people who saw "Bridesmaids" probably have no clue that McCarthy is Molly. She's also going to have to leap ahead of a nominee to make the field.