See it here:
Macy’s a respected film star slumming it on TV
Ugh. The “slumming it on TV” nonsense is still a thing?
Nice pic. I don’t think Ricky winning would be considered a shocking upset. He’s already won twice. The HFPA obviously love him.
He won three times really twice for “The Office” and once for best comedy series for “Extras” in 2008 when there was no-show.
I do want him to win, and I think he stands a good chance. Not only have they rewarded him a couple of times, he is also a former host. Sure, they snubbed Poehler this year, but it needs to count for something.
I don’t think Emmy voters discarded Ricky’s tape for Derek. I think there was probably a small group who may have been offended and ranked him near the bottom (which tanked his score). Parsons’ tape was pretty good, so he was not getting ranked below second or third on any ballot, which was enough to eek out a win. That’s my theory, at least.
In any event, I support a win.
Ricky Gervais honestly gives one of the best performances on TV right now. The fact that it is a British show might obscure this fact, but I can guarentee you that if Derek was an American show on HBO or Showtime, the person playing the lead would be sweeping awards like Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It has a very serious social message behind it, and Gervais is really convincing as Derek. He has never done anything like this before, and he exhibits both hilarious comedic ability and most importantly, brilliant acting skills. I was predicting him for an Emmy nomination months before he actually got it, because I knew this was a very special performance, if only people saw it.
Having said that, the fact that the HFPA loves Ricky Gervais, and the fact that he is brilliant in his show could definitely get him a win. He has promised to come as Derek to the ceremony, so hopefully he does and he accepts the award in character. He does face stiff competition from Jeffrey Tambor, but I think Gervais can edge him out.
I think it’s also interesting that the three frontrunners in the category are in shows that I find to be more dramatic than comedic. Of those three, Gervais is definitely the most comedic performance. I can imagine them all falling over themselves to reward the edgy Transparent before everyone else does, but Derek is the one who really deserves it.
Ricky Gervais winning would piss off a lot of critics. They love Transparent and Jeffrey Tambor’s performance.
I’m rooting for William H. Macy to win (predicting Jeffrey Tambor). It’s time to see the best show on television the last 4 years win a major award.
I would love for him to win if only for the acceptance speech. But I would settle for him presenting.