While Oswalt is not as well-known as the men who lead this race, including two-time past winner Justin Timberlake (“Saturday Night Live“) and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory“), he has a winning episode. On “Article Two” he played Garth Blundin, a man who objected to Pawnee city council trying to repeal several outdated laws and challenged Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) to live in accordance with these laws first.
Remember, Emmy voters do not get sent the entire episode featuring nominated guest performers. Rather, they see only the segments that include the nominees. Oswalt’s work on their own in explaining his character’s presence and the storyline.
This distinction in voting explains how character actor Leslie Jordan was able to win this award for “Will and Grace” in 2006 over Alec Baldwin, who also guested on this laffer, Martin Sheen who appeared on son Charlie’s “Two and a Half Men” and “Extras” players Patrick Stewart and Ben Stiller.
Oswalt also gets a boost from a clip of his character launching a “citizen’s filibuster” that went viral with almost 3 million views on YouTube. In the video below, he riffs on his vision for the upcoming seventh episode of “Star Wars.”
He won the CCTA award over Newhart, Molly Shannon (“Enlightened”), Patrick Wilson (“Girls”), and “Louie” scene stealer Melissa Leo and David Lynch on the same day that the Emmy nomination ballots went live. The timing could not have been more perfect.
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