SNL fans root for Kristen Wiig Emmy win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

By Kim Palacios Though SNL’s popularity has seen a revival in recent years, some fans fear the current cast is getting the shaft. Despite a steady flow of nominations for cast members in the past three years, the show’s actors have fallen short on wins. Fans are rooting for Kristen Wiig, viewed by some as the talent leader of the current cast, despite her short tenure. It would be a validating symbol that the show has entered another golden age.

Though only in her fifth season on the show, Kristen Wiig has become an SNL powerhouse, playing hit original characters such as Gilly and Target Lady, and doing expert impersonations of financial maven Suze Orman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Other memorable characters include compulsive liar Penelope and lesbian reporter Michelle Dison; Wiig also supports Will Forte in this summer’s film rendition of SNL-spinoff “McGruber”.

In 2009, SNL guest characters Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake secured the only wins for the series, both as guest actors—Fey for her portrayal of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Timberlake for his performance as various characters. Wiig (along with Amy Pohler) was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the same year. Yet, just as in 2008, regular cast nominations failed to yield wins.

2008 marked the first year since 2001 that any actor received an Emmy nod for a performance in the series. Even in that year, Will Ferrell was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in an episode hosted by Alec Baldwin, but he did not win. Indeed, all nominations for the series thinned out in the most recent ten years, with most nods (and few wins) appearing in categories such as make-up artistry, costume design, or direction.

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