Here are a few interesting facts for you to ponder upon. Comedy series get launched by the dozens every year, but despite that, it remains the toughest genre to crack, and that too, season after season. The reason behind that could simply be that it isn’t, by any means of the day, an easy job to make people laugh, or to create characters that do. For that reason alone, I keep a keen eye over this interesting category every year because you never know what surprise awaits. Unlike drama series, it is relatively easier here for returning veterans to fall off the predictions list and for newer faces to make their presence known.
The most appropriate current examples of two such series would be ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Barry’ respectively, clearly putting across the point I was just discussing. Even the current slate of actors that may be up for the trophy reflects the same. Although this year, I would say that a fair bit of the competition is open with only half of the nominees from last year being eligible this year to return as potential candidates, their performances being just as amazing as last time. Both the winners for the Golden Globes and the Emmys from 2017, Donald Glover for ‘Atlanta’ and Aziz Ansari for ‘Master of None’ won’t be returning with new seasons within this year’s contention window, and that leaves at least two spots for newcomers and a couple of returning favourites to be taken up. Whether or not the predictions stand, we can unfailingly predict that this is going to be one heck of an interesting race to watch. Read on to find out our predictions for the Best Actor in a Comedy series at the Emmys 2019.
Should Have Been Nominated
Jim Carrey, Kidding
Just some while ago, I also made my predictions for nominations in the Outstanding Comedy Show Category, and while most of the nominees for this category automatically sprung from those increasingly popular shows, this one here was an exception. Irrespective of how it was received during its initial run, for some reasons I cannot fathom, it got swept under the rug pretty quickly and wouldn’t be talked about again for quite some time, until Carrey’s nomination at the Golden Globes brought renewed interest in the show. Carrey plays a children’s TV icon who struggles with keeping it together knowing his family is falling apart. If there is one actor who can have you in splits while in anguish, it would be Jim Carrey. I expected it to be the surprise of the year, but it didn’t sail through.
William H. Macy, Shameless
Frank Gallagher is a freaking legend by now, and the show that forms a part of the legend, ‘Shameless’ has been an Emmy and audience favorite since its maiden season that aired back in 2011. Five nominations in a row at the Emmys for the category we are talking about and two far placed nominations at the Golden Globes, coupled with Macy being an SAG favorite, winning four years in a row now, including 2018. Despite the overpowering credentials, the only thing that may have setback his shot at the title, apart from the obviously well placed top nominees, is his alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal.