The Emmy ballots were released on Monday, June 12, and now we’ve opened predictions in the race for Best Comedy Guest Actor. Last year’s race was unusually dramatic. Peter MacNicol was nominated for his recurring role in “Veep” until Gold Derby uncovered that he appeared in too many episodes to be eligible for that award. His nomination was rescinded, and his slot was filled by the next highest vote-getter: Peter Scolari for his role as Lena Dunham’s dad in “Girls.” But then to the surprise of many Scolari actually ended up winning. Both men are back in the running this year. You could call it a rematch of sorts, but of course they didn’t actually compete against each other last year.
Among others, they may have to contend with MacNicol’s fellow “Veep” guest Hugh Laurie, who still hasn’t won an Emmy despite nine previous nominations for acting and producing. He contended last year for his supporting role in the limited series “The Night Manager.” He was eligible to compete as a supporting actor for “Veep” in previous seasons but wasn’t nominated. However, guest acting is exactly what did the trick last year for another perennial Emmy bridesmaid, Amy Poehler. She won Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Saturday Night Live” jointly with Tina Fey — on her 18th try.
Speaking of “SNL,” one must never rule out that long-running sketch comedy. Since that show’s guest hosts were moved into the guest acting category in 2009, the show has earned 11 nominations and four wins: twice for Justin Timberlake (2009, 2011) and twice for Jimmy Fallon (2012, 2014). This season Fallon returned again to host, and there were a number of other past academy favorites on the “SNL” roster, including past Emmy nominee Dave Chappelle and past Emmy winners Aziz Ansari, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Hanks.
And there’s plenty more where that came from. Make your Best Comedy Guest Actor predictions now to let us know who you think will come out on top.
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