Guys, it’s happening. As we forecasted, Donald Glover and Bill Hader are going to face off not once, not twice, not thrice, not four times, but five times at the Emmys. That’s a full hand! If Ryan Murphy were producing the show, it’d probably be called “Donald Glover vs. Bill Hader: American Emmy Story.”
So where are they going to head-to-head? The “Atlanta” and “Barry” multi-hyphenates are vying for Best Comedy Actor, which Glover won last year, Best Comedy Writing, Best Comedy Directing, Best Comedy Guest Actor (both for “Saturday Night Live”) and Best Comedy Series. Their respective producing nominations for Best Comedy Series are still pending — the TV academy vets all producers and announces the nominees at a later date — but as the creators and auteurs of their shows, they are definitely in. (Plus, Glover was nominated last year for “Atlanta”‘s series bid.)
Glover is nominated for writing “Alligator Man” and directing “FUBU,” while Hader is nominated for penning the “Barry” pilot with Alec Berg and directing the pilot as well. Pilots tend to get a lot of love in these categories as they establish the world and tone of the show. Glover won directing last year and was nominated for writing, losing to “Master of None”‘s Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe.
Both men earned stellar reviews for their hosting gigs on “SNL” last season and “SNL” hosts have done very well in the guest categories, with five wins in Best Comedy Guest Actor since 2009. Hader, who has an Emmy for “South Park,” never won in supporting for “SNL” and lost his previous guest bid for hosting in 2015 to Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”).
So how will academy members vote between these two? “Atlanta” and Glover had been atop our series and lead actor predictions during the nomination phase, while Hader was No. 1 in guest actor. Will they spread the wealth? Will one blank the other? (It’s not easy.) Will both go 0-5? (Lol nope.)
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