Whitford won in 2001 as Best Drama Supporting Actor for NBC’s political show “The West Wing.” He received two more nominations after that victory but hasn’t been nominated since.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Jon Hamm (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“) was the frontrunner in this category with 11/10 odds. Whitford was close behind in second place with 21/10 odds. Other than Hamm, alll of the other contenders were previous winners for other shows. “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts Bill Hader at 10/1 and Louis C.K. at 33/1 were in third and sixth places, respectively. Paul Giamatti (“Inside Amy Schumer“) was in the fourth spot at 16/1. EGOT champ Mel Brooks (“The Comedians“) was tied with C.K. for the last position.
On the Amazon dramedy, he plays Mark “Marcy” May, a closet transvestite who confides in transgendered Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor). He had already won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for the role earlier this summer. In his submitted episode, “Best New Girl”, Marcy sneaks off with Maura to a cross-dressing camp, where they clash over definitions of gender while sexual tension simmers.
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