The word “overdue” is thrown around a lot by awards pundits, but when it comes to “Parks and Recreation” scene-stealer Chris Pratt, there’s never been a more fitting description. Shame on you, Emmy voters, for failing to nominate this scene stealer year after year!
As loveable oaf Andy Dwyer, Pratt is the ultimate comedy showman. He excels at physical humor, he sings, he dances, he’s a master of delivering one-liners — heck, even his sneezes make us laugh (watch him in action below).
Just like other over-the-top television sidekicks, Pratt plays a character that doesn’t have a lot of smarts. But that didn’t stop people like Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) and last year’s winner Tony Hale (“Veep“) from claiming victory in the comedy supporting races for their kooky performances.
So why can’t Pratt get any Emmy love?
We know that Emmy voters are fond of “Parks and Recreation,” giving it a Best Comedy Series nomination in 2011 and recognizing star Amy Poehler with four consecutive Comedy Actress bids (2010-2013)… though the show has never won a single Emmy.
And unlike “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” not a single one of the supporting players of “Parks and Recreation”– Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones — have been nominated for an Emmy.
If magic does strike for Pratt and he receives his first ever Emmy nod, his competition in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor race would most likely be “Modern Family” men Ty Burrell, Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, reigning champ Tony Hale (“Veep“), Emmy legend Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) and former nominee Adam Driver (“Girls“).
This season on “Parks and Recreation,” Andy had a lot of memorable storylines including his trip to London, his bout with the flu, keeping Leslie and Ben’s pregnancy secret and, in the season finale, asking his wife April for a divorce so that they could re-marry.
In addition to his role on “Parks and Recreation,” Pratt has a few recognizable films under his belt including 2012 Best Picture nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” 2013 Best Picture nominee “Her,” “The LEGO Movie,” and the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World.”
Can Pratt pull off an Emmy shockeroo this year? Let’s recap the pros and cons of this Gold Derby Emmy MVP:
Kudrow, Richards and Hale all won Emmys playing similar-type characters.
“Parks and Recreation” is a former Best Series nominee and co-star Poehler is an Emmy favorite.
Pratt has a spectacular movie resume and Emmy voters love honoring movie stars.
No supporting players have ever been recognized by the Emmys for “Parks and Recreation.”
The Comedy Supporting Actor race is chock-full of new and returning stars.
It’s rare for an actor in his show’s sixth season to receive his first Emmy nomination.
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