On Tuesday Brian Tyree Henry received the first Tony nomination of his career, for the Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan‘s “Lobby Hero.” Henry earned rave reviews for playing the boss of Michael Cera‘s security guard character, and now Henry and Cera both face off at the 2018 Tonys in the category of Best Featured Actor (Play). “Lobby Hero” also received a Tony bid for Best Play Revival. Will all of this awards love for Henry lead to an Emmy nomination for his role as rapper Paper Boi in Season 2 of FX’s “Atlanta”?
Gold Derby’s Emmy experts from major media outlets are nearly unanimous that Henry will receive a nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Thirteen of our 14 prognosticators predict he’ll be nominated: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ben Travers (Indiewire) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). The lone holdout is Adnan Virk (ESPN).
Even though Henry was snubbed last year in this category, he still broke through at the Emmys thanks to his Best Drama Guest Actor nomination for “This Is Us.” Henry’s Emmy bid for NBC’s drama series was likely helped by the fact that voters were simultaneously watching his comedic work on “Atlanta,” as they love when performers show versatility between projects.
Last year “Atlanta” earned six nominations including Best Comedy Series and ran off two awards: Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Director, both for creator Donald Glover. Many TV pundits predict that “Atlanta” Season 2 will increase in nominations this time around — just like “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Veep” — and that Henry could be one of the big beneficiaries of the show’s Emmy ascendance.
According to our experts’ Emmy odds, Henry currently numbers among the six likeliest nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actor, alongside Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”), Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Marc Maron (“GLOW”). Rounding out the Top 10 contenders are Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Henry Winkler (“Barry”) and Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”).
In addition to his television and stage work, Brian Tyree Henry has three upcoming films on his resume that could contend at the Oscars: Steve McQueen‘s “Widows,” Barry Jenkins‘ “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Yann Demange‘s “White Boy Rick.”
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