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1. Cecily Strong
As the now-longest tenured anchor of "Weekend Update," Strong has something of an unfair advantage. But she’s been on an upward trajectory since the moment she landed on the program. What’s really put her over the top this season isn’t just the name recognition that comes from "Update," but also continuing her work in developing characters in addition to caricatures. Go back to her "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" duet with Jimmy Fallon from this season’s Christmas episode. That’s a funny, three-dimensional portrayal that also adds layers of unexpected vulnerability. It’s a star-making performance. Strong has had much funnier moments, and will have many more to come. But that sketch represents the turning point in her “SNL” career, and the fact that the show is committed to keeping her in the sketch world as well as behind the "Update" desk is the smartest thing it could possibly do.