Monday, August 24, 2015

Emmy Predictions 2015: Who Will and Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series?

The nominations have been announced for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving my predictions for who will win and who should win in several of the major categories.

Next up is Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

My Predictions for Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
  1. Tituss Burgess in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - "Kimmy Goes to School!": Burgess performing "Peeno Noir" was one of the funniest moments of the show during its first season. It was fantastic to watch in all of its absurdity. Plus, Burgess matched that outrageousness with an incredibly grounded human character.
  2. Andre Braugher in FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Mole": The second season of the police comedy gave Braugher so many great moments. His episode wasn't as memorable as other ones throughout the season but it also features him going off on a big monologue in the middle of it. That's very impressive - and very funny.
  3. Tony Hale in HBO's Veep - "East Wing": Hale definitely got to push the boundaries of why Gary is important to the stability and functionality of Selina Meyer in the comedy's fourth season. He pushed back a little bit and it was phenomenal to watch - especially once he compared himself to "Wilson the volleyball."
  4. Keegan-Michael Key in Comedy Central's Key & Peele - "Sex Detective": It still bums me out that Key & Peele is a show I just can't find time to watch. But this has also been a big year for Key. From his appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner to his excellent work on USA's Playing House, he's doing a lot of great work.
  5. Ty Burrell in ABC's Modern Family - "Crying Out Loud": Burrell is still often the funniest part of the long-running comedy series. However, the character is starting to go the way of broad caricature compared to the early seasons. He is still great but the stories aren't as original as they once were.
  6. Adam Driver in HBO's Girls - "Close-Up": The HBO dramedy is still a series I enjoy. And yet, I still haven't found the time to watch the entire fourth season. I'm certain Driver had great moments. He has always been one of the best parts of the show. I just can't say specifically how deserving he is this year.

My Predictions for Who Will Win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
  1. Tony Hale in HBO's Veep - "East Wing": He was a surprise winner two years ago. He has had better episodes in the years since that win but has faced more formidable competition. But again, his episode this year is really funny. Plus, Emmy voters love giving awards to people who have already won an Emmy.
  2. Ty Burrell in ABC's Modern Family - "Crying Out Loud": He is the reigning champ in this category with two wins for his work on the family comedy. That makes him huge competition. He may be easier to beat because none of his co-stars are also in this race. His episode is the only one on the ballot where he appears. Plus, this could be the year that the voters just decide to move on from Modern Family.
  3. Tituss Burgess in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - "Kimmy Goes to School!": He truly is the dark horse contender in this race who may just pull off an upset. The show wasn't embraced by the Emmys as much as some were predicting. But he represents the biggest likelihood of winning. He's untested because he's a new voice in the industry. He definitely has the episode to deserve a win.
  4. Andre Braugher in FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "The Mole": He always gets nominated no matter what project he appears in. The show itself hasn't really been embraced at all in its two seasons by the Emmys. Even though he's fantastic, the support doesn't seem to be there for him like it is for some of the other nominees.
  5. Keegan-Michael Key in Comedy Central's Key & Peele - "Sex Detective": This has been a very visible year for him. That plus the press that this will be the final season for his show could give voters urgency to award him now otherwise risk him dropping off the ballot next year.
  6. Adam Driver in HBO's Girls - "Close-Up": I could easily see Driver winning in this race. That's how competitive this field is this year. The TV industry could claim him via a win here before he breaks out big later this year in the new Star Wars film. 

Do you agree or disagree with my reasonings? Who do you think should and will win in this category? Speculate below in the comments!