[WATCH] ‘Transparent’ at Emmy Awards: Are we underestimating it for Best Comedy Series?

Transparent” made a strong impression in its first season, earning 11 Emmy nominations and winning five. Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery and I analyzed the Amazon series’s critically-acclaimed second season and its chances at taking home Emmy gold this year. Watch our video slugfest above.

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We agree that “Veep” remains the overwhelming frontrunner for Best Comedy Series. However, “Transparent’s” rapturous critical reception and recent events like North Carolina’s anti-trans bathroom law and the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida give Emmy voters a chance to make a political and social statement by rewarding the series. Montgomery argues “voting for ‘Transparent’ as Best Comedy Series could be a way to stand up for the community in addition to rewarding the show itself.”

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In the Best Comedy Actor category, we agree that Jeffrey Tambor is almost sure to earn his second consecutive Emmy, although I posit that Anthony Anderson of “Black-ish” could be a competitive challenger. Montgomery argues, “I don’t want to call anyone a lock at the Emmys — because the Emmys — but it’s hard for me to imagine him losing.”

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We also agree that a potential increase in total nominations for “Transparent” could very well come in the acting races. Montgomery breaks down the Best Comedy Supporting Actress category: Gaby Hoffmann was the sole “Transparent” nominee in that category last year, but Montgomery believes that Judith Light and Amy Landecker could break into the category as well, while I argue that past Emmy and Tony winner Cherry Jones could also be nominated. And we mustn’t forget Jay Duplass, who has an episode submission to be competitive in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor race if he can get nominated.

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