Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) has been Emmy nominated for Best Comedy Actor for the last three years in a row, but in 2015 and 2016 the prize went to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), and in 2017 the TV academy went with Donald Glover (“Atlanta“). Tambor and Glover are eligible again in 2018, but can Anderson overtake them this year?
As of this writing Glover leads our predictions with odds of 10/3 based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,100 Gold Derby users who have entered their picks in our predictions center thus far. That includes support from 9 out of 10 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets. But Anderson certainly isn’t out of it. He’s currently backed by Paul Sheehan, one of our Editors who covers awards year-round for Gold Derby.
In addition, Anderson is tipped to win by one of our most elite users: Doug Jamieson, who is one of our Top 24 Users based on how well he predicted last year’s Emmy nominations: he tied for the second-highest predictions accuracy with 78.08% correct. And on top of that Jamieson is also one of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest prediction scores when you combine the last two years’ Emmy nominations, so his forecasts carry twice as much weight.
In all, Anderson has been nominated for five Emmys, counting his two Best Comedy Series bids (2016-2017) as a producer of “Black-ish.” He has also been nominated twice at the Golden Globes (2017-2018), four times at the Critics Choice Awards (2015-2017), once at the Producers Guild Awards for Best Comedy Series (2017) and three times at the SAG Awards for “Black-ish” (in 2017 as a member of the ensemble cast, in 2017-2018 for his individual performance), but he’s still awaiting his first win from those groups.
However, Anderson wouldn’t be the first man to win after the Emmys kept him waiting. Ted Danson didn’t prevail as Best Comedy Actor until his eighth try for “Cheers” in 1990. Michael J. Fox didn’t win for “Spin City” until his fourth try in 2000. And Ray Romano didn’t win for “Everybody Loves Raymond” until his fourth nomination in 2002 — and that was for the show’s sixth season. So there’s a strong possibility that a patient Anderson could still strike.
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