Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series

The competition: Alan Arkin’s grieving agent (The Kominsky Method), Michael Douglas’ aging acting teacher (The Kominsky Method), Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-actor (Barry), Tony Shalhoub’s obsessive professor (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Henry Winkler’s theatrical acting teacher (Barry).

For your information: We have a brand new slate of nominees this year, including four from two freshman series, despite four of last year’s six men still being eligible. Shalhoub was nominated seven times in 2002 and 2009 for “Monk,” winning twice. Arkin has two individual film nominations, for “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Argo,” and won as part of both ensembles. Douglas won both of his previous bids, an ensemble prize for the film “Traffic” and in 2013 for his starring role in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.” Winkler contended as part of the ensemble on “Arrested Development” in 2013, and this is Hader’s first nomination. All five men are also nominated as part of their ensembles this year. William H. Macy, who won this award three times in the past four years, is not nominated this year. Of the seven times that two men from the same show were nominated and the one time three were, not one of them resulted in a win. This is, however, the first time that more than one show has had multiple nominees, so all bets are off. Hader and Winkler both won Emmys and Critics’ Choice Awards, while Douglas took home the Globe, though this is the first time they’re all nominated in one field.

Who should win? I watch all these shows, and everyone nominated here is superb! I’m actually pulling for Hader since I think he’s great, and I’d be very happy with Shalhoub too, though honestly any of them are perfectly fine.

Who will win? It’s very hard to say with so much competition. I’m going to pick Shalhoub very tentatively.

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