Emmy predix: Who will win best lead and supporting actor in a comedy?

emmy-comedy-actorImage Credit: Sonja Fleming/CBS; Patrick Ecclesine/Fox; Bob D'Amico/ABC; Justin Lubin/NBCHere’s where my 2010 Emmy handicapping starts to get interesting. And by interesting I mean challenging. And by challenging I mean tough. And by tough I mean damn near impossible. All 12 of the nominees in the best lead and supporting actor comedy races can easily make a case for winning come Aug. 29. But only two will. So it’s with great fear and trepidation that I present you with part 3 of my pre-Emmy analysis.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)

The Frontrunner: Parsons. The on and off-screen genius should have taken home the gold last year. Better late than never.

The Dark Horse: Carell. It hurts my insides to think that Carell has never won an Emmy for playing Michael Scott. News of his impending exit may have voters thinking it’s now or never.

Most Egregious Snub: Joel McHale (Community). I blame Shalhoub for robbing McHale of his rightful place in the best actor race. His Community work warrants an A+. And I swear I’m not just saying that because I went to first base with him at Comic-Con. I swear.

Other Notable Omissions: Jay Harrington (Better Off Ted) and Zachary Levi (Chuck).

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

The Frontrunner: Burrell. Any of the Modern menĀ could stake claim to the statue, but I’m thinking Burrell’s clueless shtick will win over the majority of voters.

The Dark Horse: Colfer. I would’ve picked Colfer as the frontrunner, but his standout Glee scenes were more dramatic than comedic. Still, he’s the sentimental favorite.

Most Egregious Snub: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation). The mustache alone should’ve snagged him a nod.

Other Notable Omissions: Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), John Krasinski (The Office), Michael Urie (Uglt Betty), and Danny Pudi (Community).

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  • JC

    Jim Parsons & Neil Patrick Harris

    • Amanda

      Agreed.

    • Melissa

      Ditto!

  • Lizzie

    Chris Colfer MUST win best supporting actor. He is freaking amazing.

    • Mike

      No, he really isn’t.

      • Steven

        Yes, he really is.

      • S

        I concur

      • ashley

        Um, yes he really is.

      • Everyday

        No, he really isn’t. He’s good, but he’s overmatched in this category.

      • lefty

        Nah, I agree with Mike. What’s the big whoop?

      • OMGq

        Yeah, he really is – especially since they created that character/role specifically for him based on his audition for another character. I’d say that makes him pretty amazing.

      • Dana

        Chris Colfer is amazing.

    • Natasha

      Chris Colfers only good scenes were dramatic. Very few of his lines are even funny, they are just plain annoying.

      He shouldn’t win.

  • Damon

    Any of the Modern Family men..I personally wouldn’t mind Cam when..

  • John

    For supporting, Ty Burrel or Eric Stonestreet, easily.

    Lead actor is a lot harder. Alec Baldwin is the easy choice, but I think Jim Parsons really, really deserves it.

  • PMD

    That is really surprising that Carell did not win an Emmy – I could have sworn he was on stage thanking his wife who was also his real estate agent in that season of The Office… Was this another awards show?

    • W

      Golden Globes.

    • Ana170

      You might be thinking of the year that Ricky Gervais won for Extras. He was out of the country so Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert “gave” it to Carell instead.

  • Mandy

    Nick Offerman was robbed of a nomination, as as Michael Urie. Sad.
    Jim Parsons and Jesse Tyler Ferguson for the win!

  • Jack

    Chris Colfer is so overrated, it’s difficult to deal with sometimes. Yes, he’s a talented young man, but no, he is not deserving of an Emmy nomination.

    • calvinc

      Agreed. Personally, I hope its either NPH or Ty.

      • Amy

        You call Colfer undeserving and then say NPH should win? NPH had his worst season on HIMYM and does not deserve to win in the slightest. Ty Burrell/Chris Colfer/Eric Stonestreet are the most deserving of a win – their submissions are all excellent and I think we could see a shock win from either Colfer or Stonestreet come Emmy night.

  • Mike

    I agree. Ed O’Neill, Nick Offerman, or Danny Pudi were far more deserving of the nomination.

    • Mike

      I meant to reply to Jack’s comment.

  • Danny

    Ty Burrell and Chris Colfer are both great. Decisions decisions. Tony Shalhoub’s nomination is ridiculous!

    • lefty

      I didn’t know Monk was still on…

  • Travis

    It SHOULD be Chris Colfer for supporting and Larry David for leading. Or, hello, what about Thomas Jane?

  • sarah

    Nick Offerman was sooooo insanely robbed. It also hurts my insides that Steve hasn’t won an Emmy yet, but I would really hate it if he gets one only because it’s the last chance. I vote Steve for lead and any MF actor or NPH for supporting.

  • B

    Chris Colfer does not deserve an emmy this year. He might be considered a “breakout star” but not emmy winner quite yet. Any of the modern family men could reasonable take home the prize. Lead should be Parsons hands down

  • B

    Chris Colfer does not deserve an emmy this year. He might be considered a “breakout star” but not emmy winner quite yet. Any of the modern family men could reasonably take home the prize. Lead should be Parsons hands down

  • GoMe!

    Eric Stonestreet should win…but I think Ty Burrell will.

    Steve Carell is not going to win. He’s going to win next year though because that will be his last year. This year, it’s pretty much a race between Parsons and Baldwin.

  • Jenny

    I’d be happy if Parsons or Carell win! They both deserve it! I just hope they don’t give it to Baldwin again!!!

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