Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Emmy Nominees: Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

My predictions: 3/6

I didn’t do too well in this race last year either, though these nominations aren’t especially surprising. Brad Pitt (Saturday Night Live) follows Robert De Niro last year in getting nominated for impersonating a public figure connected to Donald Trump in a small role in another guest host’s episode, while last year’s nominee John Mulaney didn’t show up again. Eddie Murphy (Saturday Night Live) earns his first acting Emmy nomination in thirty-six years, joined by another past nominee, Adam Driver (Saturday Night Live). I’m surprised that Jon Hamm (Curb Your Enthusiasm) didn’t show up, especially when he’s been here before and his show, which did land a bid for Best Comedy Series, usually produces nominees in this race. Instead, Dev Patel (Modern Love) managed the only nomination for his anthology series, and last year’s winner Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is back for another shot at a trophy. Rounding out the category is the late Fred Willard (Modern Family), back ten years after his only nomination for this role and his fifth overall.

Who should win? I’ve only seen Patel and Kirby’s work so far, so I have some catching up to do.
Who will win? It could be Willard or Kirby again, but I think Murphy takes it.

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