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Emmy predix: Best supporting comedy actor

April 22, 2010 |  4:12 pm

Our Emmy sages Robert "Rob L" Licuria (AwardsHeaven.net) and Chris "Boomer" Beachum agree on five of the six stars who'll be nominated for best supporting comedy actor, but they clash over their sixth choices. Rob picks newcomer Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). Boomer backs Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), who reaped his first and only Emmy bid last year. Morgan lost to Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"). Prior to that, Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") won three years in a row.  

Note that Rob and Boomer rank Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") first as most likely to win. Also see their predix for these races: lead drama actor, best drama actress, best supporting drama actor,  best drama series, best comedy series and best lead comedy actor

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BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR: ROB'S PREDIX
1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")
5. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")
6. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
 
Alternates: Ed O’Neill ("Modern Family"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: The top three are almost assured a nod, and I think (and hope) all is forgiven and Jeremy Piven will sneak in again. That leaves the two "Modern Family" slots, assuming they will submit here. In fact, if they do, based on episodes aired so far, Stonestreet will surprise many and has the best shot at the win this year. It pains me to be predicting this, but I think Ed O’Neill, even with his classy move to supporting, will probably miss out on a nomination (that he has never been nominated over the years probably won’t matter very much to voters, unfortunately) because he doesn’t have as showy a role as Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. However, based on name recognition, maybe O’Neill has a better shot than I think.

Also in with a chance are the "30 Rock" guys and the other male cast members of "Modern Family," not to mention the best male cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (Fred Armisen).


BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR: BOOMER'S PREDIX
1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")
5. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
6. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")

Alternates -- Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: The only safe pick is Neil Patrick Harris to pick up another nomination in this category. It is a volatile category, so all of the other names on my predictions could be nominated or could be snubbed. I don't think it has been the best season for either Rainn Wilson or Jon Cryer, but can't imagine complete turnover in the category, so I have them both returning.

Tracy Morgan continues to impress on "30 Rock" and has boosted his profile even more with recent films. After a somewhat shocking removal from the category last year (after three wins), I somehow see a return by Jeremy Piven this time (probably at the expense of costar Kevin Dillon). Ty Burrell's decision to submit as a supporting actor is a good one. I think he not only has a chance to be nominated, but could even upset for the win. His other "Modern Family" costars also have a good shot at nominations. It will be interesting to see how that show's stars are received by voters.

Photos: "Modern Family" (ABC), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)

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Chris Colfer GLEE!!!!!!!!!!!

I think Chris Colfer has an excellent chance at getting nominated. He's been the MVP of the series in the back nine and I think if he submits wisely he has a very good chance of getting in on the nominations. I personally don't think Tracy Morgan deserves any accolades for his work this season - same for Rainn Wilson.

This category deserves a bit of an overhaul, though it will likely look like a bit of the usual suspects. Politics and popularity aside, I'm not sure why Jeremy Piven continues to be nominated when he has next to no material. I like How I Met Your Mother and 30 Rock, but neither Neil Patrick Harris or Tracy Morgan impress with their routine anymore. (And while I'm no NPH fan overall, he's got a tape to win with "Girls vs. Suits".)

If I were voting, I'd shake things up a little bit and vote for the following, though I'd honestly only expect to see maybe Burrell crack into the list of final nominees:

Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ep: "Truth Be Told")
Charlie Day - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (ep: "The World Series Defense")
Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation (ep: "Ron and Tammy")
Danny Pudi - Community (ep: "Contemporary American Poultry")
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ep: "Run for Your Wife")
Michael Urie - Ugly Betty (ep: "Blackout!")

Hopefully the voters will bump Rainn Wilson's tired act and give his spot to the criminally ignored John Krasinski and realize that 'Entourage' is well past its use by date.


My choices would be six of the following (can't decide who to cull) -

Aziz Ansari - Parks and Recreation
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Chris Colfer - Glee
Keir Gilchrist – United States of Tara
John Krasinski – The Office
Tracy Morgan – 30 Rock
Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation
Chris Pratt – Parks and Recreation
Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family (for the win)

As long as Neil wins this year. Last year's loss was a jaw-dropper for me.

I want to believe Rainn Wilson will get nominated, but he just hasn't had a good episode this season. Neil Patrick Harris has a few good episodes going for him, and so do all of the Modern Family people.

That is a depressing list. Best supporting actor in comedy is one of the most competitive nominations and filled with hundreds of excellent performers yet the emmys will pick several who don't deserve it. Jon Cryer in no way deserves a nomination for the quite terrible 'Two and a half men'. Jeremy Piven is a good actor but his shtick on Entourage has gotten old. He hasn't got the material to make him deserving of a nomination. Same with Rainn Wilson a talented actor but he's gotten annoying lately on 'The Office'. Time to give some others a shot.

People i hope will be nominated (Too many names- So i hope atleast a few will)
Modern Family
1) Ty Burrell
2) Tracy Morgan
3) Ed O Neill
4) Eric Stonestreet
5) Jesse Tyler Ferguson (He also doesn't have a showy role which makes people forget how natural he is)
6) Rico Rodriguez

Glee
Chris Colfer

Parks and Recreation
1) Nick Offerman
2) Chris Pratt
3) Aziz Ansari

I don't watch 'Its Sunny in Philadelphia', 'Curb Your Enthusiasm, 'Better Off Ted' or 'Party Down' but given their great reviews, i'm sure even they have some excellent supporting comedy actors.

Emmys please be a little diverse and offbeat this year. Stop nominating the same person for like 5 years.

I think Chris Colfer (Kurt) from Glee might also have a chance at getting a nomination...especially if Glee ends up dominating the Emmys with the most nominations. (I love Jack McBrayer but I think a big reason why he was nominated last year was because 30 Rock just DOMINATED last year!)

And Eric Stonestreet and Sophia Vergara are the funniest things about Modern Family. If they don't get nominations before the others in the cast it'll...be a travesty!

And I love for one male SNL cast member to get a nomination. (My vote's for Keenan). I think it'll complement Kristen Wiig's ultimate nomination (at least I hope she's a lock for a nomination!)


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