Eight is not enough options for Emmy voters when it comes to “Saturday Night Live”’s guest actors. As we exclusively revealed, Universal Television submitted eight people in Best Comedy Guest Actor, but there are nine on the nominating ballot that was released Monday.
That ninth person is Kevin Hart, who joins the previously announced Fred Armisen, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Robert De Niro, Will Ferrell, Donald Glover, Bill Hader and John Mulaney on the ballot. And Hart most definitely submitted himself.
How can you tell? Except for De Niro, who played Robert Mueller but did not host last season, all of the other contenders’ headshots are their bumper photos from their hosting stints with the show’s trademark striking colored backgrounds; Hart’s is a dark headshot against a black background. The episode descriptions for the other eight are also far more in-depth and specific about the sketches, while Hart’s description merely says, “Kevin performs a comedy bit as his monologue, along with live sketches and a pre-taped viral video.”
This is certainly not the first time someone has submitted him or herself — Ariana Grande did it in 2016 for her hosting stint and used a photo of her lying on a bed — and this is not to shame or call out Hart. You gotta champion yourself if no one else will.
Tiffany Haddish had to look out for herself as well. As we previously reported, Haddish’s team submitted her in Best Comedy Guest Actress for “SNL” after learning that Universal was only entering Tina Fey and Saoirse Ronan. Unlike Hart, Haddish used one of her “SNL” bumper shots and her blurb is more descriptive, though it’s still not written the same way as the “official” Universal entries.
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