As the nominations period comes to an end, EW’s team of experts and critics have compiled a list of the top contenders for the 2018 Emmy Awards.
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Zazie Beetz - Altanta (FX)
The 27-year-old, who plays Van on the Emmy-winning comedy, came even more into her own in the show’s stellar second season.
Betty Gilpin - GLOW (Netflix)
Debbie Eagan is a onetime soap actress with a new baby and a crumbling marriage. But in the ring, she’s Liberty Belle, excessive Reaganite personification of American swagger. Her boss calls her “Grace Kelly on Steroids,” and Gilpin lives up to that, playing bombastic emotions with royal precision.
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Coming off of two consecutive Emmy wins and a largely Hillary Clinton-less year, you’d think the excitement might have waned over rewarding Kate McKinnon’s peerless work on Saturday Night Live, yet nothing could be further from the truth, as the comedian proves week after week with her inimitable characters and distinctive comic timing that she’s television’s single strongest supporting comedic actress right now.
Leslie Jones - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Whether lusting after co-star Colin Jost, riffing on her latest obsession of the week (hello, summer beach bodies!), or playing real-life personalities (Condoleezza Rice, Omarosa, etc.), Jones has been an irresistible — and indispensable — player in the long-running variety series’ lineup, always telling it like it is without killing the joke.
Laurie Metcalf - Roseanne (ABC)
Roseanne Barr may have the title role, but Metcalf was the real star of the revival. After making a huge splash in Lady Bird, Metcalf reprised her old role as Roseanne’s screwball sister Jackie and completely stole the show.
Megan Mullally - Will & Grace (NBC)
One of the most joyous sounds to come from a TV all year was the return of Karen Walker’s helium-pitched “Honey!” No one delivers a zinger better, but her touching private monologue/eulogy to her maid Rosario (RIP) was the most memorable scene of the Will & Grace revivial. Let’s give her Emmy trophys a three-way.