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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Yeah, Jeffrey Tambor gives a far more theatrical performance in “Transparent,” and one that seems more IMPORTANT because it’s about social justice and it’s a topic ripped from the headlines. But as many of us know, Emmy voters often prefer roles that are more slapstick when it comes to these comedy races. Jim Parsons gives ’em that and they obviously like it — he’s won 4 times in the past 5 years.

    Let me quote KyleBailey from a different forum thread: “So I think it hard for both Tambor or Macy winning. Louie C.K and Matt are funny but get the “playing themself” knock on them. I think Parson’s real threat is from someone like  Anderson, Sandberg, or Forte if they get a nomation.”

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    I still don’t think Jeffrey Tambor will win and it will be “shocking” to many, but I do think he has a better shot than other actors with more dramatic performances in the comedy categories. The uniqueness of his role and the near universal acclaim he’s received at least gives him a solid chance of winning. And it’s not like they haven’t awarded more dramatic performances in comedy in the past (Toni Collette, Edie Falco), we just haven’t seen it in Comedy Actor specifically. However, this one may just be too dramatic. I can’t remember laughing at anything he said or did in the entire season and at the end of the day, that may just be all that matters.

    Ultimately, if anyone can beat Jim Parsons it will be Tambor, but I do think Parsons has this one in the bag yet again. Like Modern Family in Comedy Series, there’s simply no one else in the category that has the broad comedic appeal that people can rally behind.

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    Reis
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    William H. Macy or Tambor. Maybe Will Forte.

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    I’d be really surprised if Tambor win but it wouldn’t come as a shock if they snubbed him. Honestly I’d rather see a more comedic performance than another dramatic one among the nominees.
    If they nominate Andy Samberg he could beat Parsons easily, Parsons wasn’t also nominated for his first season but that was a different time of course. 
    Will Forte of course is a potential threat, he was nominated once in a name-checking category so the voters are there for him to get nominated and he has the tapes to pull off an upset. 

    The voters might also be tired of Parsons winning and would want to see a different winner, all they need is a contender with a funny performance and tape.  Though I would want to see Parsons pulling himself out of the race after a fifth win with the same character, but we don’t know if he has the decency to do that. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Yeah, Jeffrey Tambor gives a far more theatrical performance in “Transparent,” and one that seems more IMPORTANT because it’s about social justice and it’s a topic ripped from the headlines. But as many of us know, Emmy voters often prefer roles that are more slapstick when it comes to these comedy races. Jim Parsons gives ’em that and they obviously like it — he’s won 4 times in the past 5 years.

    Let me quote KyleBailey from a different forum thread: “So I think it hard for both Tambor or Macy winning. Louie C.K and Matt are funny but get the “playing themself” knock on them. I think Parson’s real threat is from someone like  Anderson, Sandberg, or Forte if they get a nomation.”

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    I think you quoted the wrong person. I am a firm believer that Tambor will win. Unless Samberg makes the cut, I don’t see anyone else winning. Macy could because he had a lot more comedic material this season after his dark storyline last season but I think this is Tambor vs Parsons. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    THOMAS. MIDDLEDITCH.

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    Javier V
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    Yeah, Jeffrey Tambor gives a far more theatrical performance in “Transparent,” and one that seems more IMPORTANT because it’s about social justice and it’s a topic ripped from the headlines. But as many of us know, Emmy voters often prefer roles that are more slapstick when it comes to these comedy races. Jim Parsons gives ’em that and they obviously like it — he’s won 4 times in the past 5 years.

    Let me quote KyleBailey from a different forum thread: “So I think it hard for both Tambor or Macy winning. Louie C.K and Matt are funny but get the “playing themself” knock on them. I think Parson’s real threat is from someone like  Anderson, Sandberg, or Forte if they get a nomation.”

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    It wasn’t KyleBailey, hermano. It came from a member named PaulV.

    I agree with the Paul, though. Tambor, I think, is safe for a nomination due to his presence in every TV award show this season. However, where’s the comedic episode that gives him a chance to win? When Jon Cryer beat Jim Parsons, I believed he submitted the better episode (“Frodo’s Headshots” vs “The Werewolf Transformation”). Larry David could have taken Parsons down as well with “Palestinian Chicken.”

    The key to beating Parsons, in my opinion, is to submit an episode that shows a variety of comedic skills. Things that come to mind are slapstick comedy, one-liners, satire, and comedic timing (among other things). Parsons is very good at this and it helps earn points with voters. Using last year, for example, we see Parsons do some impersonations, get drunk, act like a child on a voice message, and wake up with a geology textbook naked.

    The actors who came close to competing with Parsons in this regard, I believe, were Louie C.K and Gervais. LeBlanc only had his “British actors stealing American parts” speech while Macy had one comedic moment (when he woke up from his liver operation asking to drink again). Cheadle, while respected, turned in an episode that lacked comedy.

    Among the names in this year’s ballots, yes, there are several actors who warrant consideration. Question is, though, do they have that episode that will showcase the many comedic skills that Parsons posseses? 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Tambor seems like the obvious choice to beat Parsons. I don’t think it matters that he isn’t funny, and is barely the lead of the show, there are other reasons for him to win. The show is critically acclaimed, and he’s the biggest reason for it. He’s a 6 time nominee with no wins, and therefore overdue. Also, his character feels currently relevant, which can’t be said for any of the other possible nominees. These aren’t typically the factors that win in this race, but it feels like it will be in this case. If Transparent underperforms, that will be the only situation where I can see anyone else winning.

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    It’ll be one or the other.

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    Tonbone
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    BILLY CRYSTAL!

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    JB
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    Jeffrey Tambor WILL AND SHOULD win… And not because it’s “important” and “relevant”, it’s because it’s a wonderful multi-dimensional, funny, heartbreaking, resonant and brilliant performance. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Jeffrey Tambor WILL AND SHOULD win… And not because it’s “important” and “relevant”, it’s because it’s a wonderful multi-dimensional, funny, heartbreaking, resonant and brilliant performance. 

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ YUP ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

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    Marcus Dixon
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    THOMAS. MIDDLEDITCH.

    I have Middleditch winning. He’s nerdy (like Parsons) and funny (like Parsons), but he’s not played out yet (like Parsons).

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    Sasha
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    No one. He’s gonna win it till they cancel this shitty show. And I really liked it during early seasons but now it’s just unwatchable.

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    The dominance of Jim Parsons in this category reminds me of Candace Bergen’s Emmy winning run with Murphy Brown. Both actors are gifted but hardly extraordinary.

    Rather, it is that magical chemistry of the performer matching the role. Writers then witness this and write to the skills of the actor. For now, there doesn’t seem to be an comedy series lead on the horizon who can challenge Parsons.

    This may ultimately end like Bergen’s run did when she succumbed to the negative chatter and finally stopped submitting herself for the Emmy after winning year after year.

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