After pulling off a minor surprise last year, Bill Hader looks poised to defend his Best Comedy Actor Emmy crown for “Barry.” He’s way out in front in our early odds, and should he prevail, he’d be the latest repeat champ in this category.
Fifteen men have won this category more than once and a whopping 10 of them did so with at least one run of back-to-back victories. All of the three-time and record four-time champs won at least two in a row. The five who defy this trend are all two-time champs: Jack Klugman (“The Odd Couple,” 1971, ’73), Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H,” 1974, ’82), Judd Hirsch (“Taxi,” 1981, ’83), Ted Danson (“Cheers,” 1990, ’93) and Richard Mulligan (“Soap,” 1980; “Empty Nest,” 1989).
Not counting Hader, in this century, just six people have won comedy actor once for the same role. This decade produced three sets of consecutive wins — two by Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory,” 2010-11, 2013-14) and one by Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” 2015-16). Only Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men,” 2012) and Donald Glover, who was predicted to go back to back last year for “Atlanta,” have single wins this decade prior to Hader.
Hader is coming off a strong second season of “Barry,” which collected 17 Emmy nominations, four more than last year. Noticeably, it surged among actors, adding three more bids for supporting players Anthony Carrigan, Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg to go with those for reigning champs Hader and Henry Winkler. And who votes for acting winners? Yup, actors. The “Saturday Night Live” alum is also up in writing and directing for “ronny/lily,” that wild episode in which Barry (Hader) gets his ass kicked by a little girl.
Danson (“The Good Place”) is in second in our odds, followed by Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), who beat Hader at the Golden Globes. Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) is in fourth; Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”), fifth; and Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), sixth.
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