The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are weeks away and it’s time to narrow down who I believe SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN at this years Emmys. Let’s take a look at Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
- Anthony Anderson – black-ish
- Don Cheadle – Black Monday
- Ted Danson – The Good Place
- Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
- Bill Hader – Barry
- Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Who Should and Will Win: Bill Hader, Barry
Bill Hader is coming into the race as the incumbent looking to defend his Emmy victory. Not only do I think Hader is going to get a victory in the Outstanding Comedy Series race over expected winners Veep and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I have a strong feeling he’s going to get a much deserved repeat win as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. While I didn’t agree with his win for the first season of Barry over Donald Glover’s masterfully eerie portrayal of fictional musical artist Teddy Perkins on Atlanta, I’m fully on the Bill Hader/Barry bandwagon this year as Barry recently wrapped its elevated second season, which was quite the emotional rollercoaster.
The Emmys love to repeat in this category which gives me another reason to go with Hader. Since 2010, Jim Parsons has repeat wins in this category TWICE for The Big Bang Theory (2010, 2011 and 2013, 2014). Following Parsons’ second winning streak, Jeffrey Tambor also had repeat wins in 2015 and 2016 for Transparent.
I’m a bit disappointed that Hader’s submission in this category is the sixth episode of season two “The Truth Has a Ring to It” and not the episode before it, standalone episode “ronny/lily” – which is one of the best episodes of comedy this year, in my opinion. That episode was absolutely bonkers and deliciously captivating unlike any other episode of Barry to date. However, “The Truth Has a Ring to It” is an equally award-worthy submission for Hader. Barry’s rage is expressed through a truly unexpected outburst during his acting class in an off-script monologue with Sally (Sarah Goldberg) that makes you forget that Barry is a comedy series and Hader spent eight seasons on Saturday Night Live. I see Hader walking away with multiple Emmys for the second year in a row.
The 71st Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22nd at 8/7c on Fox.