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Justin Timberlake contends for three Emmy Awards

July 16, 2009 |  4:10 pm

Six-time Grammy champ Justin Timberlake scored three Emmy nominations today. He landed a guest actor in a comedy series nod for hosting "Saturday Night Live" and two songwriting bids for his efforts on "Motherlover" – a titillating tune he wrote for "SNL" – and the anthem "I Love Sports" penned for the 2008 Espy Awards.

Justin Timberlake Saturday Night Live Motherlover Emmy Awards TV News 246897 The talented Timberlake won an Emmy in 2007 for his work on that devilish ditty "... in a Box" that went from "SNL" Digital Short to YouTube viral sensation.

This year, Justin Timberlake's competition in the songfest includes Oscar winner Paul Williams ("Evergreen") for "I Wish I Could Be Santa Claus" from "A Muppets Christmas," the team behind Hugh Jackman's socko opening number at the Oscars, a comic carol from "A Colbert Christmas," and a second successive bid by the crew at "Flight of the Conchords."

While the odds may be with Timberlake in that race, they are stacked against him in the guest actor category. Though he earned rave reviews for hosting "SNL," at age 28 Timberlake is definitely on the wrong side of 40 to win this Emmy. The guest acting awards have become the Emmy equivalent of the lifetime achievement honors. Indeed, the only guest comedy actor winner younger than 40 to date was 2005 champ Bobby Canavale who was 34 when he prevailed for a recurring role on "Will & Grace."

Timberlake's competition includes TV icon Alan Alda, 73, who has already amassed 32 Emmy nominations over the years. He won two lead actor Emmys for "M*A*S*H" as well as trophies for writing and directing that classic comedy series. More recently, Alda won the supporting actor in a drama series Emmy for his work on "The West Wing" in 2006. He is one of three actors nominated this year for guesting on "30 Rock."

Beau Bridges, 67, contends for his work as the beloved handyman on the 100th episode of "Desperate Housewives." From his previous 11 nominations, Bridges has won three Emmys: lead actor in a movie/mini in 1992 for "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" and two supporting wins in the movie/mini race for "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) and "The Second Civil War" (1997).

Steve Martin, 63, won a writing Emmy in 1969 as part of the team on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and contended twice more as a writer in the 1970s and then again for his performance as the host of the 2001 Oscars. His nod for "30 Rock" is Martin's first acting Emmy bid.

Jon Hamm is 10 years older than Timberlake. Hamm has been having a good run of late with consecutive Emmy nods as lead actor in a drama series for "Mad Men" and this guest actor nod for "30 Rock." 

Photo: NBC

Note: An earlier version of this blog article incorrectly stated Justin Timberlake's age as 38 instead of 28. The correction has been made.


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