Gold Derby Editors Argue About Best Comedy Actor
Will Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) go three for three at the Emmys as Best Comedy Actor? Or can Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) or someone else take him down? Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon debate Best Comedy Actor at the 2017 Emmys in our new video above. Watch our editors’ slugfest or listen to the podcast version down below.
O’Neil begins the discussion by asking, “Who here has anybody except Jeffrey Tambor to win?” and Montgomery and Dixon both respond that they’re going out on a limb for Anderson. As Dixon explains, “‘Black-ish’ is a show on the rise, it got three nominations last year in these big three categories of actor, actress and show. This year it’s probably going to get more. Don’t count out Anthony Anderson just because he’s never won before. A lot of people win in their third, fourth, fifth seasons.”
Montgomery adds, “One of the interesting things about Best Comedy Actor is that we look back at recent Emmy history and we see so many repeat winners … but none of them won three in a row.” Can Tambor’s role on the Amazon hit make him the first since Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties” in 1986, 1987 and 1988) to threepeat?
Speaking about the Emmy frontrunner Glover, O’Neil reminds us, “He’s leading all of these predictions at Gold Derby, so why do none of us have him to win here for ‘Atlanta’? His show has been the darling of the guilds and the Golden Globes and all of this stuff and now is a big factor in this race.” Sheehan notes that when Tambor won for his first season, he’d been “kicking around for 50 years,” and that Glover might still be a bit young in terms of the Emmys.