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  • Chris Beachum
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    If Jeffrey Tambor wins the Emmy as Best Comedy Actor for “Transparent,” would it be the first time an essentially dramatic (99% unfunny) performance has prevailed for this particular category?

    I am looking back through all of the past winners, and the closest one would be Tony Shalhoub for “Monk.” And that one had some eccentricities and humor to it.

    Would this be in line more with ladies like America Ferrera and Felicity Huffman winning?

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    probablyROB
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    Umm, Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.  There was nothing comedic about the performance or the show.  I know drug addiction and adultry are classic comedic tropes but I never found it particularly funny.

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    KyleBailey
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    I mean this isn’t a typical laugh out loud performance but I think it is one that at least puts a smile on your face. Watching Tambor’s discovery of this new life and getting a chance to enjoy these new events brought a huge smile to my face. It’s more of a joyful performance than a comedic performance. He does get quite dramatic but I think this performance wouldn’t fit in the Drama category. That’s still the biggest issue with the Emmys. Yeah the show would be an hour longer but the era of TV we live in calls for a Dramady categorty. Just like Yael Stone was saying in her interview with Gold Derby, you can’t really say Oragne is one or the other. It’s the same with Transparent. But yes, he would be the first of this type of performance winning since Parsons/Cryer/Baldwin have really dominated the field in the past with slapstick zany performances 

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    KyleBailey
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    Umm, Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.  There was nothing comedic about the performance or the show.  I know drug addiction and adultry are classic comedic tropes but I never found it particularly funny.

    I think he’s saying in Best Actor not Actress.  

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    AMG
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    Yeah he probably would be, but with the lines between dramas and comedies blurring more and more, it is bound to happen at some point.

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    People forget with Nurse Jackie she had that tap dancing scene in her episode and that was funny. But, Tambors victory would be the first dramatic victory unlike past winners that might have leaned into that touching-funny category this is just dramatic. I cannot think of one scene that makes me actually laugh on Transparent. 

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    probablyROB
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    [quote=”probably”]

    Umm, Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.  There was nothing comedic about the performance or the show.  I know drug addiction and adultry are classic comedic tropes but I never found it particularly funny.

    I think he’s saying in Best Actor not Actress.  
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    he mentioned America Farrera and Felicity Huffman so I figured Edie also applied. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I can’t think of a single dramatic performance to win in this category. It doesn’t change my feeling that it’s going to happen this year. Can the same thing be said for Macy? His character is certainly primarily dramatic, but he has moments of comedy.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    Felicity Huffman/Lynette getting into the pool to fetch her children in her winning submission was a physical comedy moment right there.

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    I think that Michael J. Fox’s performance in “A, My Name is Alex” was far more dramatic and far less funny than anything Jeffrey Tambor did in any episode of Transparent.

    But I also don’t think that Tambor’s performance on the show is generally dramatic and think that he has had many funny moments on the show.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    This is why I’m predicting Thomas Middleditch. Tambor just isn’t funny, and we know that’s what the Emmys have always gone for in the comedy categories. But then again, Tambor’s role feels important. Hmm…

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    The Fox submission is a perfect example of drama winning in comedy.  Not a funny submission at all.

    Carroll O’Conner’s Emmy wins were usually for dramatic episodes with funny moments.  For example, when he won in 1978, he submitted an episode where Archie takes drugs to keep his energy up while his bar struggles.  He has a tearful episode where he breaksdown crying to his family.

    Likewise, Jean Stapleton won for “Edith’s 50th Birthday,” where Edith is almost raped.  There is not a single funny moment in her performance, but it is a perfect submission.

    We need to remember that while funny performances USUALLY win, it doesn’t mean that it ALWAYS happen.  After all, the category is called Lead Actor in a Comedy, not Funniest Actor in a Comedy.

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    Chris Beachum
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    But those characters were funny throughout their histories. If anything, having a dramatic episode to submit only enhanced their cases to the Emmy judges. If Tambor wins, he will be the first in the history of this category to basically not be a comedic character.

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    probablyROB
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    Well, he’s surrounded by people being quirky which is apparently comical based on today’s landscape.

    It also appears you guys finally made changes to the lgoin feature which is greatly appreciated. 

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I smile more during Tambor’s scenes than I ever do during Silicon Valley or the dreck that is House of Lies. 

    Just because a performance isn’t laugh out loud funny doesn’t make it dramatic.  I think there’s a bit more nuance to it than that.

    Take Shatner and Spader.  There were more laugh out loud moments in Boston Legal but no question that they were giving dramatic performances.  It seems that comedy is held to a different standard.

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