Emmys: Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz's Scene-Stealing Moments as Supporting Stars

8:30 AM 6/9/2017

by Anna Lisa Raya

Andrea Martin, Michelle Pfeiffer and Samira Wiley also are among those garnering buzz in the comedy, drama and limited series races.

Kate McKinnon on 'SNL' and Zoe Kravitz on 'Big Little Lies'
Kate McKinnon on 'SNL' and Zoe Kravitz on 'Big Little Lies'
Left, courtesy of NBC; Right, courtesy of HBO

This story first appeared in a June standalone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Andrea Martin

    Great News (NBC)

    Courtesy of Colleen Hayes/NBC

    Martin, a two- time Emmy winner (and My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Aunt Toula!), could add a third trophy to her mantle for the meddling mom she plays in the Peacock's newsroom comedy, executive produced by Tina Fey and created by her protege, Tracy Wigfield.

  • Kate McKinnon

    Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Courtesy of Will Heath/NBC

    McKinnon displayed perhaps the most versatility of any comedy actress this season, segueing from Hillary Clinton to Kellyanne Conway to Jeff Sessions in SNL's most watched season in decades. Last year's Emmy winner is the one to beat.

  • Zoe Kravitz

    Big Little Lies (HBO)

    Courtesy of HBO

    Even without knowing the full backstory of her character (a history with domestic abuse — revealed in the original novel but not in the series), Kravitz's performance in the shocking finale brought her major kudos.

  • Michelle Pfeiffer

    The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

    Courtesy of HBO

    As much as the stunning Pfeiffer could ever disappear into a role, she does so as Ruth Madoff — Queens accent and all — and brings a heretofore unknown humanity to a family that had been vilified in the wake of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

  • Samira Wiley

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

    Courtesy of George Kraychyk/Hulu

    Wiley already has a built-in fan base from her Orange Is the New Black character, Poussey Washington (who tragically was killed this past season), but she brings a similar spunk and determination to her role as the renegade Moira in Hulu's dystopian drama.