From 2006 to 2011, Carell received six acting nominations and four for producing of the fondly remembered comedy series “The Office.” He never found a way to win any of those attempts, losing on the acting side to Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), Ricky Gervais (“Extras”), Alec Baldwin twice (“30 Rock”) and Jim Parsons twice (“The Big Bang Theory”). His program losses were to “30 Rock” twice and “Modern Family” twice.
When Carell took to the “SNL” stage this past Saturday evening, it had been a decade since he last hosted. In fact, it had been so long ago that it was before the long-running NBC variety series had even been allowed to start submitting their guest hosts for Emmy consideration. In those last 10 years, the program has won an astonishing 10 guesting Emmy Awards. That actor and actress list consists of Justin Timberlake (twice), Jimmy Fallon (twice), Dave Chappelle, Tina Fey, Betty White, Fey and Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish.
Poehler was another performer having a futile career with Emmy voters similar to the one for Carell. She then won her first statuette on her 18th try at the 2016 ceremony by guest hosting “SNL” with Fey.
In addition to his TV appearance this weekend, Carell is having a huge year with films. The previous Oscar nominee for “Foxcatcher” is a Best Actor contender for both “Beautiful Boy” and “Welcome to Marwen” plus a Best Supporting Actor possibility for “Vice.”
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