Sunday, July 3, 2011

Emmy Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Ty Burrell, Chris Colfer, Jon Cryer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Neil Patrick Harris, Eric Stonestreet

The competition: All six of last year’s nominees are eligible again, and there are an additional three contenders seriously vying for a spot. At the head of the pack is Chris Colfer (Glee), who won the Golden Globe this past year and had another strong season on the show. Last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family) will be back for sure, and it’s likely but not guaranteed that snubbed Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) will take the place of last year’s nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), though it’s possible that all four men could be nominated. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) should be back, and I’m truly hoping that Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) makes the cut. That leaves 2009 winner Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) off the list, but that makes sense given a lower number of episodes this past season and the negative press surrounding the show. Oliver Platt (The Big C), a four-time nominee for past work, could manage a nomination, as could three-time nominee Rainn Wilson (The Office), who was snubbed last year. Additional votes could go to Danny Pudi (Community) and past nominee Tracy Morgan (30 Rock).

The predicted nominees: Burrell, Colfer, Harris, O’Neill, Offerman, Stonestreet

The predicted winner: Colfer

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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