In one month, the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be held hosted by Glee's Jane Lynch. These awards will reward the best in television this past year. Leading up to the announcements of who will win, I will be looking at all of the acting categories and trying to predict who I think will bring home the trophy.
Today, I will be looking at the competition in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Chris Colfer - Glee
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Ed O'Neill - Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
Five of these nominees have been nominated in prior years for these same roles: Burrell (2010), Colfer (2010), Cryer (2006-2010), Ferguson (2010), and Stonestreet (2010). Cryer won in this category at the 2009 Emmy Awards and Stonestreet won at the 2010 Emmy Awards. The sixth spot went to O'Neill who finally received his first Emmy nomination despite critically acclaimed performances for years on Married with Children and Modern Family.
The winner in the category is determined by Emmy voters watching an episode each nominee submitted for consideration which they believe offers the best work they did this past year. Voters will then cast their ballot on who they think was the best.
Just like Emmy voters, I have watched all six of the episode selections and my opinion will be based solely on how I think Emmy voters will react to the material in these episodes. Here is a breakdown of my thoughts.
Ty Burrell: Episode "Good Cop Bad Dog"
Chris Colfer: Episode "Grilled Cheesus"
Jon Cryer: Episode "The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Episode "Halloween"
Ed O'Neill: Episode "The Kiss"
- On nomination day many critics were rejoicing by the inclusion of O'Neill in this category. Believe it or not, this is his first Emmy nomination ever despite a diverse and long career. His snubs for his work on Married with Children and the first season of Modern Family were huge surprises. That fact could very well help him in this category. Voters might reward him now since he made it into the race and could very well be snubbed in future years. That Emmy would be intended for all of his great work in the past and future. But for those focusing on the episodes, he shines in his where he gets tricked into screaming away demons in the kitchen. Then in his co-stars' episodes he listens to a pitch about dog training, dresses up as a gargoyle, and tears up when remembering his own mother. Overall, a very impressive collection.
Eric Stonestreet: Episode "Mother's Day"
In my head, this category could have two outcomes: Chris Colfer will win because his performance is different and stands out or Ty Burrell will win because he shines in two hours worth of Modern Family episodes. It is a very close race and could turn either direction. However, I wouldn't count Ed O'Neill out quite yet either.
1. Chris Colfer
2. Ty Burrell
3. Ed O'Neill
4. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
5. Eric Stonestreet
6. Jon Cryer