May 22, 2011 at 4:17 am #220989
Yeah, Carell has two great episodes to choose from to submit to Emmy judges — his marriage proposal and his exit from the show — but, let’s be honest, he had an even better one two years ago: the ferris wheel eppy. That was brilliant and it was an hour long and he still lost to Baldwin.
Carell has sentiment on his side now, but we know that sentiment doesn’t often matter at the Emmys given how the judging works — it’s a juried award decided by people viewing episodes, etc.May 22, 2011 at 4:23 am #220991
Jim Parsons won’t win so the only threat to Carell is, once again, Alec Baldwin. Baldwin has the 100th episode tape where he plays multiple versions of himself again. In the end, I think this is a rare case where sentimality will push Carell to the win as Carell is leaving the show while it is still a big Emmy contender (but it will be close and it is no cakewalk). I don’t think episode choice matters for Carell (as long as he picks either “”Garage Sale” or “Goodbye, Michael”), but I still think “Goodbye, Michael” is his best performance this season.May 22, 2011 at 5:05 am #220992
I don’t think “Goodbye, Toby” was anywhere near as brilliant as the showcases he’s had this season. Yes, it was
a superb episode for Carell and he SHOULD have won with it, but “Garage Sale” and “Goodbye, Michael” are
amplified versions of that episode, and the sentiment in either is overwhelming. It’s truly the completion of
Michael’s arc, rounding him out as a mature and caring individual.May 22, 2011 at 5:14 am #220993
I’m pretty sure Baldwin will probably submit “100” and he is good in it, but he should stop submitting episodes where he’s playing “multiple” characters or impersonations as he did with “Generalissimo” and “Rosemary’s Baby” respectively. He should submit “When It Rains, It Pours.” Nevertheless, I think Carell’s performance in “Goodbye, Michael” is strong enough for him to win.May 22, 2011 at 5:49 am #220994
Actor in a Comedy this year is, I’m sorry to say, a very light race. You have last year’s winner Jim Parsons, you have repeat nominee Steve Carell, and past winner Alec Baldwin… past that, the competition gets pretty dull. You can’t even try to factor in that Larry David will win due to an overdue factor because (oh yeah!) he’s not eligible.
People were gunning for Parsons to win because he’s very good and hadn’t won yet. Now he’s won. Voters will look at Baldwin and see a man with two Emmys for this same role. Then they look at Carell. Some voters might not even realize that he hasn’t won yet for this role. That surprise, topped off by his farewell episode, cannot be beaten.
I have a very hard time envisioning an Emmy ceremony this year where Steve Carell doesn’t get the trophy.May 22, 2011 at 7:19 am #220995
Parsons might have a strong tape for eligibility but I don’t see him carrying momemntum for a back to back win. Baldwin, does have a tape but with him being rewarded twice already, I can see this being a case of sentimentality, over being Emmyless and creating one of the funniest TV characters in recent history, plus having the tapes to back it up, so I think Carell is pretty much ahead in his category.May 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm #220996
I’m fairly confident that if Emmy voters actually REALIZED that Carell was still Emmy-less, they’d vote for him in a flash. Unfortunately, we might be the only ones who know this sad fact.
That said, Carell has momentum this year like never before. He should win.May 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm #220997
Carell is in the box seat for sure. Overdue, great tape, great character, in a past comedy series winner, last chance, etc… That being said I wouldn’t dare call him a lock to win it.
we often see the Emmys disregard sentimentality and go for broad comedy. Havn’t seen 30 Rock’s 100 but if Baldwin gets to do mulitple characters I can see the Emmys going for him again.
At the moment I think Carell should go with Goodbye Michael but there is something to be said for a broader submission like “Threat Level Midnight” or “Michael’s Last Dundies”. I do agree with Tom that Goodbye Toby was a better tape is some regards, at least at mixing sentimentality with broad comedy (Business School was better as well). But this year the comeptition is not as strong, so I still give him the edge.May 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm #220998
I think common wisdom and history would say Baldwin wins for playing four different Alec Baldwins in “100th”, the only way, I think, Carell could win is by sentimentality which is certainly present in “Garage Sale” and even more in “Goodbye, Michael”. Carell’s situation this year reminds me of Michael J. Fox winning back in 2000 for his last season on “Spin City”. I think “Goodbye, Michael” is his winning tape.May 25, 2011 at 12:30 am #220999
I think Carell needs to go with “Goodbye Michael” because it has that sentimental edge to it. Though, I do think “Threat Level Midnight” features more broad comedy.
I sincerely hope Carell wins this year. There seem to be a lot of factors combining in his favor. Alec Baldwin is great on 30 Rock, and he does have a great episode with “100”. But, he’s already won twice. And Steve Carell was so wonderful in these closing episodes of his time on The Office. Jim Parsons won last year, and he just doesn’t seem like a repeat winner to me. Although, I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened. And there is no one else who could contend.
Emmy voters, pay attention: Steve Carell has NEVER WON AN EMMY for his performance on The Office!!May 26, 2011 at 5:36 am #221000
I don’t understand why anyone thinks that Alec Baldwin could win with “100.” The episode will play absolutely bizzarely to anyone who does not watch the show regularly and the alternate versions of Jack played more like a “Saved by the Bell” episode than it did his Emmy winning performance where he took on multiple roles in the mock therapy session with Tracy. I think that Steve Carell could win with about 6 or 7 different episodes, but he should definitely go with “Goodbye Michael” (or “Garage Sale” as the runner up). I think it’s his.July 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm #221001
Goodbye, Toby was a great episode but Goodbye, Michael was so much more. Personally, that episode is my favourite one in not only the whole season but also the whole series. Steve Carell’s performance was at its best and after seeing this, I’m really unsure about how much further the show can excel without him. That being said, I’ll have to admit that Baldwin is good. Yes, Carell had the advantage of a sentimental 40 minute ‘final’ episode but last year, we saw Parsons beat Shalhoub in the two-part series finale of Monk. Although I believe that Carell should win the Emmy, it would not surprise me if Baldwin beats him.July 3, 2011 at 2:03 am #221002
I’m a really nice person, but I will cut a bitch if Carrell doesn’t win the Emmy this time. His tapes are great and he deserves it.
Carrell never winning an Emmy for The Office is unfathomable. It must happen.July 3, 2011 at 8:31 am #221003
Does anybody think that the Academy will get Ricky Gervais to present the Comedy Lead Actor award so he will either be forced to give it to Carell or be able to insult him again for never being able to win?July 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm #221004
Man, can any of you believe that Steve Carell did not hand in a submission for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Garage Sale). 30 Rock, Modern Family and Glee will probably have the majority of nominations in this category however, considering that eleven other ‘Office’ directors submitted their best episode, his submission definitely wouldn’t have hurt.
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