“You can all mark it: he’s getting in the six,” Gold Derby editor Chris Beachum insists about Hank Azaria. He stars in the new IFC series “Brockmire,” and Beachum thinks he’s a shoo-in for an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Actor. Do you agree? Watch Beachum discuss the race above with Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery.
In “Brockmire” Azaria plays the title character, a baseball announcer who comes back 10 years after a public breakdown over his wife’s affair. The series was renewed for a second season before the first season even started airing. “There’s not five people more popular with Emmy voters on the ballot than him,” Beachum explains about Azaria. “He won [Best Drama Guest Actor] last year for ‘Ray Donovan.’ He’s got six Emmy wins, he’s on the ballot four times this year. This [category] is not nearly as strong as Comedy Actress. I think he’s getting in … It doesn’t matter if they’ve seen the show, Hank Azaria is just somebody they like.”
Indeed, Azaria has been nominated 12 times at the Emmys, and he has won half of them. Most of his trophies have been for his voice-over work on the long-running animated series “The Simpsons” (1998, 2001, 2003, 2015), but he won twice for his work in front of the camera: Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for “Tuesdays with Morrie” (2000) and last year’s Drama Guest Actor win for “Ray Donovan.”
This year Azaria is eligible again for “Ray Donovan” in addition to his work on “Brockmire.” He could be honored once again for “The Simpsons,” and on top of all that he could contend for his supporting role in the HBO telefilm “The Wizard of Lies.”
“I just don’t know who to take out, that’s my thing,” says Dixon. He and Montgomery point out Best Comedy Actor is a crowded field where all of last year’s nominees are eligible to return: Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Will Forte (“The Last Man on Earth”), William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and two-time returning champ Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”). Most Emmy pundits are already predicting that one newcomer will join the race: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”). Is there room for two?
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