Katt Williams pulled off a shocker at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home Best Comedy Guest Actor for his performance on “Atlanta.” He was in sixth and last place in our odds, which had pegged this as a two-man contest between Donald Glover and Bill Hader for their respective “Saturday Night Live” hosting stints. Williams’ upset is not only a victory for him, but it could forecast a big night for his co-star Brian Tyree Henry next week.
Henry is currently in third place in our Best Comedy Supporting Actor odds, behind Henry Winkler (“Barry”) and Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). Could this be another presumptive two-man race we’re misreading? Winkler and Shalhoub are two veterans, though with very different Emmy resumes — Winkler has never won and Shalhoub has three statuettes for “Monk.” They hail from two shows that performed very well with nominations — “Barry” got 13; “Maisel,” 14 — but Henry is on “Atlanta,” which is the most nominated comedy in the field, with 16.
That Williams overcame bigger names and former winners in Glover, Hader and the other nominees, Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), suggests voters were paying attention and/or watched his episode, “Alligator Man,” whether when it originally aired or during voting. The episode was focused on Williams’ character, Earn’s (Glover) uncle Willie, which is a major bonus. Like Williams, Henry’s episode submission, “Woods,” is centered entirely on his character, Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles, who gets lost in the woods after fleeing a mugging. Henry carries the whole episode as Alfred struggles to escape the woods after being held at knifepoint.
Henry also has some intangibles that Williams didn’t. He’s in the middle of a great year that included a Tony nomination for his performance in the “Lobby Hero” revival and he already has an Emmy nomination under his belt, having been shortlisted in guest last year for “This Is Us.” That nomination was a surprise and while, yes, the acting branch seems to love “This Is Us,” it was still huge for Henry to get on the Emmy radar, and he likely just missed out on a supporting nomination for “Atlanta” last year.
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