Exclusive: Jon Cryer leaps up to lead Emmy race

Gold Derby has exclusively learned that Jon Cryer is jumping up into the lead Emmy race for Best Comedy Actor after competing for the past six consecutive years in the supporting category for his role as Alan Harper on “Two and a Half Men.” He won in 2009.

It isn’t the first time Cryer has attempted to land a lead slot. For the first two years of the CBS laffer in 2004 and 2005, both Cryer and longtime star Charlie Sheen were submitted as lead actors; neither was nominated. Starting in 2006, the two men stopped competing against each other, and Sheen was nominated four times as the only lead while Cryer has been nodded every year since in supporting.

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Cryer’s rep confirmed that he will make the new category switcheroo, but Cryer declined Gold Derby’s request for explanation.

However, there are several reasons why he may have made the change.

  • Cryer is now listed in the opening credits as a co-lead now that Ashton Kutcher has replaced Charlie Sheen on the show. In the past he had second billing behind Sheen.
  • He just received his first ever Screen Actors Guild nomination this year, in a category which only has five nominees and no distinction between lead and supporting.
  • The Best Comedy Actor category has at least two open slots with the departure of nominee Steve Carell from “The Office” and Matt LeBlanc‘s ineligibility due to no “Episodes” this season.
  • The Best Comedy Supporting Actor category has been completely dominated by the “Modern Family” men (Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet) the past two seasons.

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