Bazinga! Jim Parsons has been voted the best Comedy Actor Emmy winner of the decade for his iconic performance as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory.” Support was divided in our recent Gold Derby poll asking readers to vote for the best Comedy Actor winner of the 2010s, but Parsons emerged on top with 41% of the vote.
In one of the closest races in our Emmy lead acting poll series, Parsons just narrowly took down second-place finisher Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), who earned 31% support. Tambor’s performance is not as broadly funny as Parsons’ and neither is reigning champ Donald Glover in “Atlanta,” who came close himself with 26% of the vote. Both Tambor and Glover lean more toward the dramatic side but their performances are so strong that they overcame what had previously been bias toward over-the-top comedy in this category.
Way behind Parsons, Tambor and Glover in the Gold Derby poll was Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), who certainly fits in that “over-the-top comedy” mold but earned just 2%. Cryer broke Parsons’ streak in the Comedy Actor category, winning in 2012 after back-to-back Parsons victories in 2010 and 2011. However, “The Big Bang Theory” star would win consecutively again in 2013 and 2014, bringing his total Emmy victories to four.
Parsons earned Emmy nominations for Seasons 2-7 of “The Big Bang Theory” but was shockingly dropped in 2015 for Season 8. He has not returned to the category since, even as the CBS sitcom has continued its ratings dominance. The character of Sheldon Cooper is also so popular that the network has begun airing “Young Sheldon,” a spinoff chronicling his life as a brilliant child (Iain Armitage).
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