Steve Carell is almost certain to reap his sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for his role as Michael Scott on “The Office” according to our experts and editors. Surprisingly, he has yet to win for creating one of TV’s all-time iconic comedic characters. As he recently exited the series, this will be his last chance. However, the Emmys have proven to be fickle about giving overdue actors an award in their final year of contention.
Martin Sheen never took home an Emmy for playing President Bartlet on “The West Wing” even though the show won Best Drama Series four times. Sheen contended for Best Drama Actor for six of the seven years of the series, losing three times to James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”) and once each to Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”), James Spader (“The Practice”) and Keifer Sutherland (“24”). Sheen made poor choices when submitting a sample episode to Emmy judges; they just weren’t strong enough to beat the emotional fireworks in the winning entries.
“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker lost her first five consecutive bids for Best Comedy Actress because she submitted dud episodes. In 1999, she literally blew her chances by submitting the notorious farting episode, “The Drought.” However, for the final season in 2004, she was much more savvy. Instead of entering her first choice (“The Post-It Always Sticks Twice”), she consulted Gold Derby and took our advice. She opted for part two of the series finale – and she finally won.
Steve Carell has a problem choosing a sample episode – he’s got several good ones, including his farewell episode. However, his strongest pick is probably “Garage Sale.” The episode features some great comedic moments from Carell, but ultimately, it could win him the Emmy for the sweet and touching scene where Michael proposes to his girlfriend, Holly. Never has Carell’s character been more empathetic or easier to relate to in that moment. That’s a big plus when it comes to Emmy voters.
He certainly has Hollywood sentiment behind him. Will Ferrell said Carell should win an Emmy and Deadline.com quoted one Emmy voter as saying he will vote for Carell – even without seeing his sample episode – because he deserves an Emmy. His toughest competition – Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons — have each won this race already and no new competitors have emerged. And Carell, from all accounts, is well-respected and liked within Hollywood.