Friday, January 17, 2020

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), Andrew Scott’s foul-mouthed priest (Fleabag), and Tony Shalhoub’s obsessive husband (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

For your information: Last year brought five new nominees, and now we have only one, in the form of Scott, who earns his first bid. Shalhoub, who was last year’s winner, 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.” Hader, who won the Critics’ Choice Award and two consecutive Emmys, was nominated for the first time last year. The Golden Globe winner, Ramy Youssef, isn’t nominated. All five men contend as part of their ensembles. Of the eight times that two men from the same show were nominated and the one time three were, not one of them resulted in a win.

Who should win? I like all these a lot. Hader is very strong, and both Douglas and Arkin have superb comic timing. Shalhoub is fantastic as always, but I’d love to see Scott win for a truly terrific turn.

Who will win? I’m sure many would like to see Scott win as I would, and Hader might have a shot without his costar nominated this year, but I think Shalhoub will repeat.

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