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Emmys: Supporting Actress (Comedy) – Ayo Edebiri Climbs With Potential Vote Splitting Between ‘Abbott Elementary’ and ‘Ted Lasso’

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2023 Emmy Predictions:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Weekly Commentary (Updated Aug 19, 2023): A hot race ensues where nearly any of this year’s nominees for supporting comedy actress could theoretically win the prize.

Three former Emmy winners are in this category — Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”) and Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”). Waddingham will indeed have votes siphoned from her co-star Juno Temple, while Ralph could mimic the same with her counterpart Janelle James. That could allow young Ayo Edebiri to sneak up and take home her first statuette for FX’s “The Bear,” especially if the show is sweeping with directing, writing and lead actor for Jeremy Allen White.

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Ralph’s win last year is a plus for her, especially with a killer episode selection. Borstein will likely get sentimental votes for the final season of her hit series.

There’s also a lot of support for Jessica Williams, who is phenomenal in Apple’s “Shrinking.” Still, the lower-than-expected nominations for the show won’t help her winning chances (even though she’s more than worthy).

The rankings for the category are below.

The final Emmy voting rounds open on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. PT and close on Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. PST. The 75th Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. The Creative Arts ceremony will occur on Saturday, January 6, and Sunday, January 7. An edited version will air on FXX on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET. All events will take place at the Peacock Theater at LA Live.

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And the Nominees Are:


  1. Hannah Waddingham — “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
    Episode submission: “International Break”

  2. Janelle James — “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
    Episode submission: “Fundraiser”

  3. Ayo Edebiri — “The Bear” (FX)
    Episode submission: “Review”

  4. Sheryl Lee Ralph — “Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
    Episode submission: “Fire”

  5. Alex Borstein — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video)
    Episode submission: “The Testi-Roastial”

  6. Juno Temple — “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)
    Episode submission: “We’ll Never Have Paris”

  7. Jessica Williams — “Shrinking” (Apple TV+)
    Episode submission: “Boop”


All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Network)**


** This list or category submission is not yet complete or confirmed and is subject to change.

2022 category winner: Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard — “Abbott Elementary” (ABC) — Season 1

Emmy Awards Predictions Categories

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Creative Arts and Other Emmy Categories

GUEST ACTOR (DRAMA) | GUEST ACTRESS (DRAMA) | GUEST ACTOR (COMEDY) | GUEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) | VOICE-OVER | SHORT FORM | DOCUMENTARY | MUSIC | ANIMATED | OTHER CATEGORIES

About the Primetime Emmy Awards

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