Jon Hamm has lost all 13 of his Emmy bids over the years. We are predicting he will finally win his first Emmy at Saturday's Creative Arts ceremony. However, it won't be for his long-running role of Don Draper on "Mad Men." Rather, he is favored to win Best Comedy Guest Actor for a recurring role on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
Hamm contended in this same category three times for "30 Rock," which was also produced and written by "Kimmy" creator Tina Fey. He has endured seven consecutive losing bids as Best Drama Actor for "Mad Men" and contends again next week one final time. He also has a chance as that show's producer for Best Drama Series.
On the Netflix freshman comedy, Hamm played Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, leader of a religious cult. His submitted episode "Kimmy Makes Waffles," marks his fourth of four appearances. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and her fellow Indiana Mole Women revisit the bunker where they were held captive for 15 years in the hopes of finding evidence against the Reverend. They discover a videotape in which the cult leader advertises his party DJ services, auditions for "The Apprentice" and practices his karate moves, but they don't realize until they confront him on the witness stand that the tape disproves his claims about the apocalypse. When his deception is revealed, he is found guilty and dragged kicking and screaming out of the courtroom.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Hamm is the clear frontrunner with 1/1 odds. All of his riva nominees are already Emmy winners for other shows. Of these, Bradley Whitford ("Transparent") is in second place with 9/4 odds. His submission "Best New Girl" marks his fourth of four appearances as Marcy in the first season of this Amazon series.
Paul Giamatti ("Inside Amy Schumer") is in fourth place at 25/1 for an appearance on “Inside Amy Schumer” as Juror #10. He appeared last season on the show in a different role, but was not submitted for Emmy consideration.
Louis C.K. has been nominated for all three of his "SNL" hosting gigs and is at 50/1.
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