2017 Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy predictions slugfest: Is Alec Baldwin unbeatable?

Louie Anderson won last year, and I was extremely happy about that, and he’s a possibility again this year. But the safe bet is obviously Alec Baldwin,” begins Gold Derby senior editor Rob Licuria as he kicks off our discussion of the Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy race during our recent webcam chat (watch above). Joining Licuria to analyze this race in detail are Gold Derby contributing writers Charles BrightRiley Chow, Zach Laws, Tony Ruiz and Amanda Spears. The nominees in this category are:

Louie Anderson, “Baskets” – “Denver”
Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” – “Host: Melissa McCarthy”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – “Kimmy’s Roommate Lemonades”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” – “Grab It”
Tony Hale, “Veep” – “Judge”
Matt Walsh, “Veep” – “Chicklet”

Although Baldwin is the frontrunner after taking pop culture by storm by skewering Donald Trump so hilariously on “SNL,” the group is excited about a possible upset. Consensus seems to be that Baldwin should be wary of either Anderson or Tituss Burgess. “You know what gives me permission to pick [Burgess]?” Spears asks rhetorically. “He was the surprise SAG nominee … and his episode was such a talking point,” she adds, referring to his submission in which he does a hilarious impression of Beyonce in “Lemonade.”

Laws agrees, noting that he has so many episode highlights from this season. “Episode after episode after episode. And you know what is so remarkable about him this year? Credit to the writers for this, but Titus had some real growth as well,” he says. “You saw him taking some steps to change and I think that that’s incredible.”

“Nothing would make me happier,” Bright chimes in. “His episode had more viral heft than ‘Pinot Noir’ did!” And Chow agrees that Burgess “is a really loud, flamboyant character, like a made-for-Emmy kind of character,” but notes that, despite him giving such an Emmy-friendly performance, “I don’t understand why he hasn’t won for the last two years.”

Ruiz warns that we should not underestimate Anderson. “He had so much more to do this season on ‘Baskets’ than he even did last season. He had four episodes that could have been winning submissions, and the one that he chose is a spectacular showcase for him. He does something that none of the other performances in this category necessarily do. He makes you feel something real.”

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