There were three men in the running for Best Comedy Guest Actor from “Saturday Night Live”: Dave Chappelle, Tom Hanks, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Of those three, Chappelle was the only one without a previous victory, and to the surprise of must Emmy watchers he was the actor who won! Check out the complete list of winners here.
Chappelle earned two earlier noms for “Chappelle’s Show” and one for his 2004 comedy special “For What It’s Worth.” Meanwhile, Miranda had previously won an Emmy for songwriting in 2014; this was his first bid for acting. Hanks’s Emmy track record eclipses them both. This was his 16th nomination, and he has won seven times as a producer and director, but would you believe this was the Oscar winner’s first ever nomination for acting?
We knew Emmy voters love “SNL,” which has 22 total nominations, tied with “Westworld” as the most nominated show of the year. And sketch comedy is especially admired by the TV academy’s actors branch, which nominated nine performers from the show, more than any other program on TV. Also, “SNL” has had a strong track record in this race with four previous wins (Justin Timberlake in 2009 and 2011, Jimmy Fallon in 2012 and 2014).
However, the victory for Chapelle means that Hugh Laurie still hasn’t won an Emmy. He was nominated this year for his role in “Veep,” but he had accumulated nine other nominations since 2005: six for Best Drama Actor for “House,” one for Best Drama Series for “House,” and a pair of bids last year for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor and Best Limited Series for “The Night Manager.”
Riz Ahmed and Matthew Rhys were both nominated for their performances in “Girls.” That HBO comedy won this award last year for Peter Scolari, and Ahmed and Rhys are certainly popular with Emmy voters as both received double acting nominations this year: Ahmed also has a Best Movie/Mini Actor bid for “The Night Of,” and Rhys is up for Best Drama Actor for “The Americans.” They didn’t prevail here, but maybe voters will check their names in their other categories.