The Emmys are sure to nominate a lot of familiar faces in the comedy lead acting races Thursday morning, say Gold Derby contributors Riley Chow, Zach Laws, Tom O’Brien and Amanda Spears in a slugfest on the top four comedy acting categories (watch above).
Breaking down Best Comedy Actor, Chow explains, “We have four guys back from last year, but then we also have another three guys that were nominated the last time that they were eligible and that’s Larry David, Jason Bateman and Matt LeBlanc. So we have seven people who are incumbent nominees, plus you also have Thomas Middleditch who was nominated a couple years ago; there’s John Goodman and Eric McCormack, who maybe weren’t nominated the last time that they were eligible, but they have been nominated before.”
Laws says about Best Comedy Actress, “It’s interesting because even though Julia Louis-Dreyfus is out of the running this year, you could still fill this category with all returning nominees from last year because they had seven last year; usually, it’s six.”
Best Comedy Supporting Actor is where the group unanimously predicts a major snub, for last year’s winner. Laws explains, “I don’t have Alec Baldwin coming back. ‘Saturday Night Live’ is not as buzzed about this season as it was last season and certainly, he did not appear in it as much as he did. I’m surprised he submitted in supporting.”
Although Best Comedy Supporting Actress winner Kate McKinnon is safe for a nomination, do not count on a third consecutive win. Spears laughs, “You know what? She got to feel up Ryan Gosling! She’s done, as far as I’m concerned. You got your victory lap when you touched his tush. I’m sorry, I’ll stop.
00:15 — Best Comedy Actor
07:10 — Best Comedy Actress
15:15 — Best Comedy Supporting Actor
26:15 — Best Comedy Supporting Actress
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