Emmy episode analysis: William H. Macy (‘Shameless’) robs from the rich and keeps for himself in ‘Sleepwalking’

This summer William H. Macy received his 14th Emmy nomination overall and his 5th for Best Comedy Actor for his role as Frank Gallagher on “Shameless.” Macy has been nominated in a variety of categories spanning movies, miniseries, comedies and dramas for his various work on television over the last 20 years. He won two Emmys for the TV movie “Door to Door”: Best Movie/Mini Actor and Best Movie/Mini Writing.

For this year’s Emmys, Macy has submitted to voters the eighth season finale, “Sleepwalking,” in which Frank plans to rob one of his son Liam’s wealthy friends. Will this be the year Macy wins his first Emmy for “Shameless”? Let’s consider the pros and cons.


Macy has some great comic moments, particularly while frantically trying to steal things from his son’s friends house before the police arrive.

Macy has won the SAG Award for his performance for three out of the last four years, indicating that Macy has the support of actors in the industry. That’s important because this award is also decided by industry actors.


As popular as Macy has been with SAG voters, he hasn’t had as much luck with Emmy voters for this show. Though he is a perennial nominee he hasn’t won for this role, and the show only has one other nomination this year: Best Stunt Coordination (Comedy/Variety). That indicates limited voter support for the show overall.

Macy also faces some tough competition from newer shows with more academy support. Donald Glover took this award home last year for “Atlanta” and could easily repeat since that show exploded from 6 to 16 total nominations. Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) and Bill Hader (“Barry”) both received their first nominations this year for their respective roles: Danson is a TV institution, and Hader’s show is nominated 13 times, so they could easily take the award. And Anthony Anderson is nominated for the fourth year in a row for “Black-ish,” but is still waiting for a win. So Emmy voters may not feel as much urgency to reward Macy this year.

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