Thursday, July 12, 2018

Emmy Nominees: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

My predictions: 5/7, picking Sean Hayes over Kenan Thompson and Henry Winkler

“Will and Grace” really did not perform as well as expected today, and it’s a shame that its indisputably strongest cast member, Sean Hayes, couldn’t be fit into a seven-wide category. It’s nice to see that Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), officially the longest-running cast member on his show, earned his first Emmy nomination for acting this year after a bid for music and lyrics last year, joining reigning champion Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live). His show did extraordinary well, and Henry Winkler (Barry) is a big part of his show’s tone and effectiveness. Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) earned his first non-“Monk” nomination for being part of this year’s most beloved new comedy, and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), a guest acting nomination for “This Is Us” last year, earned his first bid for this year’s most beloved comedy overall. With longtime nominee Ty Burrell finally knocked out this year, with his show receiving just one technical nomination, that leaves Louie Anderson (Baskets) and Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as the most senior nominees here.

Who should win? I haven’t seen any of Baldwin and Thompson’s work this year, or Anderson’s, for that matter. Of the rest, I vote for Winkler or Shalhoub.
Who will win? Unless recent Tony winner Shalhoub wins over voters, I think Baldwin repeats.

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