Will Mayim Bialik or Merritt Wever take on 'Modern Family's' Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara?
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Mayim BIalik of 'The Big Bang Theory'
Nomination Status: After two straight nods, she's probably locked in.
In Her Favor: While that 2011 nomination for Johnny Galecki looks more and more like a one-off head-scratcher, I think that Mayim Bialik is settled in for annual nominations until Emmy voters start hating the show, which probably won't happen until viewers start hating the show. Amy Farrah Fowler is a showy character, she gets to share many (but not all) of her scenes with Emmy juggernaut Jim Parsons and Bialik is really good, so who am I to quibble? In a wide open category, I think that Bialik's work in "The Locomotive Manipulation" and in the season-ending "The Status Quo Combustion" are very much good enough for Bialik to plausibly pull out a victory.
Working Against Her: The only thing going against Bialik are all of the new contenders for this category. I still suspect she's pretty safe.