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2016 Emmys: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Tambor, Anderson or Ansari?

Jeffrey Tambor, Anthony Anderson or Aziz Ansari? Who will win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series?

Currently, Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) looks safe to repeat his win from last year but he has two actors nipping at his heels (so to say) in the form of Anthony Anderson (black-ish, his second nomination in a row) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None, his first nomination in this category).

Judging episodes alone it would see Anderson has the best material – “Hope” features a deeply impassioned speech about President Obama and is one of those comedy submissions with the right amount of drama to eek out a win. He would be the first black actor to win in this category since Robert Guillaume won for Benson in 1985.

Tambor’s submission “Man on the Land” has him entering a strictly ‘women’s only’ music festival and retreat who don’t regard trans women as ‘real’ women. There he meets a jewelry maker (played by Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, who should have been nominated in Guest Actress) and the two have a torrid affair. It’s far less comedic than the rest of the nominees here but then Transparent isn’t really a full-fledged comedy.

Aziz Ansari stands a good chance at a win here with a show he created, co-wrote and stars in. He’s also nominated for writing and directing of the episode he submitted, “Parents.” It’s a heartfelt love letter of an episode to his immigrant parents and a winner of a submission. His recent response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant stand could push him to the top.

Below that, I (and the rest of the Emmy Experts) don’t see much chance for Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, his first nomination), William H. Macy (Shameless, his 11th Emmy nomination, his 3rd here) or Will Forte (Last Man on Earth, his second in a row here, 5th overall) to break into that top three but even though Macy is low on our lists if anyone was going to shock it would be him. He won the SAG for Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 but not against any of his Emmy competition.

Here are the rankings for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series from the Emmy Experts:


Check out 2016 Emmy Predictions for Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesSupporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and the updating charts here.


About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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One comment

  1. I kinda felt like after Anderson made the whole Nominations announcement about himself
    and his friends that some people would be turned off by him and he wouldn’t really have a shot at this… ?

    Would be nice if they gave it to Ansari, But did he submit the right episode to have a shot?

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