“Bobby Cannavale is like a Hank Azaria. Whenever he’s eligible he gets in,” says Chris Beachum in our recent editors slugfest discussing the Emmy race for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. “Somehow or other he’s eligible for supporting for ‘Master of None,’ a show that’s probably going to be in for Comedy Series, so potentially they are watching that.” Watch Beachum discuss Comedy Supporting Actor and the rest of the comedy races above with fellow editors Marcus James Dixon and Daniel Montgomery.
Cannavale is featured in a recurring role in season two of “Master of None” as Chef Jeff, who produces “Clash of the Cupcakes,” a baking competition show hosted by Dev (Aziz Ansari). Cannavale gives a showy performance as the larger-than-life celeb chef, with darker shades added to the character towards the end of the season. It’s the kind of charismatic turn that has already helped the actor win two Emmys out of four nominations.
His first bid was Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Will & Grace” (2005), in which he played Vince, a New York City police officer who becomes a love interest for Eric McCormack. He won that award, then followed it up seven years later with two consecutive nominations (2012-2013) in the same category for his recurring role in Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” as Mike Cruz, a hospital administrator and the father of a drug-addicted son.
Cannavale didn’t win for “Nurse Jackie,” but in 2013 he was also nominated for his supporting role as ruthless gangster Gyp Rosetti in the third season of HBO’s drama “Boardwalk Empire.” He won that award in an upset, and when all was said and done, his was the only acting award among the 20 total wins for “Boardwalk Empire” over five seasons.
So Emmy voters like him, they really like him. And we know they like “Master of None,” which was nominated four times last year, including Best Comedy Series. That could be an Emmy winning combination.
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