Best Comedy Actor: Rob Licuria, Chris Beachum debate who will win the Emmy [WATCH]

“It’s really between Bill Hader and Donald Glover,” Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria declares about the Emmy for Best Comedy Actor. “They have both had very successful seasons,” he adds, noting however that he is “veering towards Glover because he really has had his moment in the spotlight this particular year.” Licuria recently debated managing editor Chris Beachum, the original Gold Derby duo, in a series of slugfests this week about all six lead acting races at the Emmys. Watch their lively discussion about Best Comedy Actor above.

Glover is nominated for the second consecutive year in this category for his role on “Atlanta,” for which he also received nominations for Best Comedy Series, writing and directing. Hader is also nominated in the same categories for his work on “Barry,” and the two of them will square off against each other throughout Emmy night, as both also scored guest actor nods for their hosting gigs on “Saturday Night live.” The frontrunners are joined by Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”), nominated for a fourth consecutive year (and also nominated for Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row), Emmy legend Ted Danson, who celebrates his 16th career nomination (winning twice for “Cheers” in 1990 and 1993), this time for NBC’s “The Good Place,” Emmy winner Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who has been nominated a whopping 26 times over his career as a performer, producer and writer (winning in 1993 for “Seinfeld”), and Emmy winner (for “Door to Door” in 2003) William H. Macy, who reaped his fifth consecutive nod for his role on Showtime’s “Shameless.”

“I think it is a tight race between the two, I’ll probably keep Donald Glover all the way to the end, as he seems to be having more of a moment,” Beachum says. “He just seems to be the ‘It’ guy, and on top of all of those reasons, if you’re just not sure of a category at the Emmys, and there’s a returning winner in that category, just go with the returning winner. They love repeats!”

Licuria agrees that Glover is just in front of Hader in this competitive race. “He had a really popular guest stint on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for which he was nominated and this particular season of ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Robbin’ Season,’ the second season, has been really well received, which is why it has pretty much doubled its nomination total from the first season, so I think all the heat is with ‘Atlanta,'” Licuria says. “As you say [Chris], there’s a lot of categories where Hader and Glover are going head to head and also where their shows are going head to head, and I think it’s going to be really interesting to watch as Emmy nigh progresses, how ‘Barry’ is going and how ‘Atlanta’ is going. At this point, I think ‘Atlanta’ has the edge though.”

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