Friday, June 21, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting is taking place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

2018 Nominees:
        Sterling K. Brown for NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
        Bryan Cranston for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
        Donald Glover for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Bill Hader for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Lin-Manuel Miranda for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
        Katt Williams for FX's Atlanta (WINNER)

Every year the race for Guest Comedy Actor and Actress can start with wondering how many performers from Saturday Night Live will be nominated. That show always gets multiple nominees in these particular fields. This year eleven actors were submitted in this category from that show. Anyone would be wise to suspect and predict that two or three of them will ultimately get nominations. In that respect, it's debating the merits of former cast members coming back to host and movie stars helming the show for a week. Elsewhere, the guest acting fields are much more prone to turnover because the same performers don't always appear in every season of their respective shows. And yet, former nominees Peter MacNicol and Bob Newhart should be expected to return to the field. Meanwhile, Lin-Manual Miranda has gotten nominated the last two years for Saturday Night Live and Curb Your Enthusiasm. That means he has a strong chance of getting into the race for Brooklyn Nine-Nine this year. But every year also brings some notable surprises in these races as well.

So now, here are the actors most likely to be nominated:
  1. Peter MacNicol for HBO's Veep
  2. Adam Sandler for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  3. John Mulaney for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  4. Bob Newhart for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  5. Lin-Manuel Miranda for NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. Matthew Broderick for FX's Better Things
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Seth Meyers, Paul Rudd, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Ben Stiller, Idris Elba, Adam Driver, Robert De Niro and Jason Momoa for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Danny DeVito for Netflix's The Kominsky Method
  3. Luke Kirby and Rufus Sewell for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  4. Adam Scott, Marc Evan Jackson and Stephen Merchant for NBC's The Good Place
  5. RuPaul for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  6. Dan Bakkedahl and William Fichtner for HBO's Veep
  7. Kevin Pollak and Diedrich Bader for FX's Better Things
  8. David Schwimmer, Matt Bomer, Robert Klein and Brian Jordan Alvarez for NBC's Will & Grace
  9. Matthew Broderick and Johnny Galecki for ABC's The Conners
  10. William Shatner, Sean Astin, Kal Penn, Joshua Malina and John Ross Bowie for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  11. Bruce Dern and Ken Marino for Showtime's Black Monday
  12. Doug Jones and Nick Kroll for FX's What We Do In the Shadows
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. John Mulaney, Michael Keaton, Michael C. Hall, Owen Wilson, Kevin Dunn, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, Bobby Moynihan, Tim Robinson and Alex Brightman for IFC's Documentary Now!
  2. Bradley Whitford for CBS' Mom
  3. Marc Evan Jackson, Craig Robinson and Ike Barinholtz for NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  4. Zachary Quinto, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Moynihan and Mark Linn-Baker for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  5. Chris Noth and Nat Faxon for Amazon's Catastrophe
  6. Kevin Bacon for Showtime's SMILF
  7. Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Jaboukie Young-White and Michael Kosta for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  8. Taran Killam for Netflix's Arrested Development
  9. Hannibal Buress for Comedy Central's Broad City
  10. Danny Pino, Tony Plana and Alan Ruck for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  11. Noel Fisher and Luis Guzmán for Showtime's Shameless
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Jon Hamm for HBO's Random Acts of Flyness
  2. Michael Shannon and Justin Theroux for TruTV's At Home with Amy Sedaris
  3. Patton Oswalt for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  4. Martin Mull for TruTV's I'm Sorry
  5. Will Forte for Netflix's I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  6. Ed O'Neill, Dylan O'Brien and Michael Cera for YouTube Premium's Weird City
  7. Seth Rogen for Hulu's Future Man
  8. Raúl Castillo for Starz's Vida
  9. Tyrel Jackson Williams for IFC's Brockmire

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!