Who will win the Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actor? Gold Derby editor Marcus James Dixon casts his vote for Tony Hale (“Veep”) thanks to his stand-out episode submission, while Rob Licuria and Charles Bright consider Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) to be the favorite on Emmy night. Watch our new video slugfest at the bottom of this post.
Ty Burrell picked up his second Emmy last year as Best Comedy Supporting Actor for “Modern Family.” He returns this time around to defend his crown against three of the same rivals: Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Adam Driver (“Girls”) and Hale. The field is rounded out by first-time contender Burgess and multiple nominee Keegan Michael Key (“Key and Peele”).
Burgess now has his first career Emmy nomination for playing Titus Andromedon, an aspiring but down-on-his-luck Broadway performer. His episode is the sixth of the debut season on Netflix (“Kimmy Goes to School”), in which Titus shoots a music video in Jaqueline’s house.
Gold Derby odds to win: 11/10
This is the third straight Emmy nomination for Hale, who won this same category in 2013 for playing Gary Walsh, the loyal aide to President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). In “East Wing,” the second episode of the fourth season, the president’s staff is preparing for a state visit from the Israeli prime minister. After years of verbal abuse heaped on him, Gary finally loses his cool and lets his real feelings be known.
Gold Derby odds to win: 14/5
Burrell has won this category twice in 2011 and 2014 for playing eager-to-please dad Phil Dunphy on the ABC comedy. This is his sixth consecutive nomination, and on this 23rd episode of the sixth season (“Crying Out Loud”), Phil, Haley and Luke are more interested in Alex’s senior ditch day than she is.
Gold Derby odds to win: 9/2
This year marks the ninth career Emmy nomination for Braugher and the second straight in this category. He is a past two-time winner for “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1998) and “Thief” (2006). He plays Captain Ray Holt on the Fox comedy, and in this fifth episode of the second season (“The Mole”), Captain Holt and Jake try to find a mole in their precinct before Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch hears about it.
Gold Derby odds to win: 25/1
In Key’s episode, which was the seventh of this fourth season (“Sex Detective”), a respected sex crimes detective uses unconventional means to solve a case, an action hero rescues his girlfriend, and a frozen yogurt store employee indulges in too many samples.
Gold Derby odds to win: 50/1
This year marks the third straight Emmy nod for Driver, who plays aspiring actor Adam Sackler on the HBO comedy. His submission is the sixth episode of the fourth season (“Close-Up”), which finds his character now living with Mimi-Rose, who informs him that she has aborted their child. He furiously packs up to move away but ultimately stays.
Gold Derby odds to win: 100/1
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