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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
• Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory (Episode: "The Prom Equivalency") (CBS)
• Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family (Episode: "Valentine’s Day 4: Twisted Sister") (ABC)
• Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer on Veep (Episode: "Convention") (HBO)
• Gaby Hoffmann as Alexandria “Ali” Pfefferman on Transparent (Episode: "Rollin’") (Amazon)
• Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett on Mom (Episode: "Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne") (CBS)
• Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Episode: "Kimmy Gets a Job!") (Netflix)
• Kate McKinnon as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Taraji P. Henson") (NBC)
• Niecy Nash as Denise “DiDi” Ortley on Getting On (Episode: "The 7th Annual Christmas Card Competition") (HBO)
Should win: Due to ties, there's a ridiculous eight nominees in this category, though it's hard to quibble with most of them (especially if that allowed someone like Nash to slip in for marvelous low-key work on a little-watched show). Tempted as I am to pick Hoffmann for her typically fearless work on "Transparent," Anna Chlumsky had a hell of a year on "Veep." When you can hold your own against Julia Louis-Dreyfus in this particular role, that's remarkable.
Will win: With so many nominees to choose from, the safest bet is to go with a repeat winner, especially if she's longtime Emmy darling Allison Janney. On the other hand, that Janney didn't also repeat in drama guest actress for "Masters of Sex" (and thus won't be able to get two wins for two years in a row) suggests she's not a shoo-in. I'm just not sure who the obvious alternative would be.