Emmys MVP: Chris Pratt leaves us laughing on ‘Parks and Recreation’

The word “overdue” is thrown around a lot by awards pundits, but when it comes to “Parks and Recreation” scene-stealer Chris Pratt, there’s never been a more fitting description.

Emmy voters, it’s now or never for you to finally honor Pratt with his very first Best Comedy Supporting Actor nomination for playing loveable oaf Andy Dwyer, as the long-running comedy left NBC’s airwaves last month.

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Just like other over-the-top television sidekicks, Pratt plays a character that doesn’t have a lot of smarts. But that didn’t stop people like Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”), Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) and 2013 winner Tony Hale (“Veep“) from claiming victory in the comedy supporting races for their kooky performances.

So why can’t Pratt get any Emmy love?

We know that Emmy voters are fond of “Parks and Recreation,” giving it a Best Comedy Series nomination in 2011 and recognizing star Amy Poehler with five consecutive Comedy Actress bids (2010-2014), though the show has never won a single Emmy.

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But unlike “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” not a single one of the supporting players of “Parks and Recreation”– Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones — has been nominated for an Emmy.

If magic does strike for Pratt and he receives his first ever Emmy nod, his competition is likely to include two-time reigning champ Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), Hale, Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) and Fred Armisen (“Portlandia”). That line-up is based on the combined Emmy predictions of Gold Derby’s Editors, Top 24 User and All Users.

In addition to his role on “Parks and Recreation,” Pratt has a few recognizable films under his belt including 2012 Best Picture nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” 2013 Best Picture nominee “Her,” “The LEGO Movie,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming “Jurassic World.”

Can Pratt pull off an Emmy shockeroo this year? Let’s recap the pros and cons of this Gold Derby Emmy MVP:

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Kudrow, Richards and Hale all won Emmys playing similar-type characters.

“Parks and Recreation” is a former Best Series nominee and co-star Poehler is an Emmy favorite.

Pratt has a spectacular movie resume and Emmy voters love honoring movie stars.


No supporting players have ever been recognized by the Emmys for “Parks and Recreation.”

The Comedy Supporting Actor race is already chock-full of new and returning stars.

It’s rare for an actor in his show’s seventh season to receive his first Emmy nomination.

Last year the Top 24 Users did the best at predicting the Emmy nominations (78.55%) competing against Gold Derby’s Editors (77.68%), All Users (74.78%) and our Experts (74.64%). Which group will come out victorious this year? (See all prediction accuracy rates here.)

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