Donald J. Trump has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys. They were back-to-back bids in 2004 and 2005 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programme for “The Apprentice.” He lost both times to the team behind “The Amazing Race.” While Trump won’t be winning an Emmy any time soon, Alec Baldwin could prevail again for his uncanny portrayal of the POTUS in various “Saturday Night Live” sketches.
Baldwin is defending his title of Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Last year’s win marked his third Emmy. He previously took home Best Comedy Actor awards in 2008 and 2009, both for “30 Rock.” In all, he has reaped 19 Emmy nominations. While three trophies from that many bids may not seem like a great return, Baldwin is clearly popular with Emmy voters. He was the first actor to be nominated (and win) for specifically playing a President on SNL.
All the other “SNL” nominees have contended for playing various characters on the show. Baldwin is nominated purely for playing Trump – and that still matters. In an age where there are so many impressions of Trump and everyone loves to hate him, Baldwin is managing to stand out high above everyone else in the crowd. And the Emmys are noticing that. While this trend is going, while Trump is in office, and while Baldwin is portraying Trump, Emmy voters may want to reward that once again.
But this year may not be his year.
Emmy voters are not that prone to awarding comedy supporting actors two consecutive prizes. While many have earned consecutive nominations, including current contenders Louis Anderson (“Baskets”) and Titus Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), its rare that they manage to turn that those into back-to-back wins. The last actor to do that was Jeremy Piven, who won three years running beginning in 2006 for playing Ari Gold in “Entourage.” Voters have to really love the performance to do that. Do they love Baldwin enough?
Currently, it doesn’t look like it. He is currently stone dead last in our odds charts with 80/1 odds behind “SNL” co-star Kenan Thompson, Anderson, Burgess, Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”), Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and frontrunner Henry Winkler (“Barry”).
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