ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 2011   7 comments

Next category up! It’s Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

*Nominee pictures were taken from their submitted episodes. :)

The nominees are:

• Will Arnett, “30 Rock” (Plan B)
• Matt Damon, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)
• Idris Elba, “The Big C” (Wild Iris)
• Zach Galifianakis, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Zach Galifianakis)
• Nathan Lane, “Modern Family” (Boys Night)
• Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Saturday Night Live)

This category could have been better nominees wise but the turnout isn’t as bad as its counterpart category. Will Arnett becomes the male Elaine Stritch as 30 Rock’s frequent nominee in this category. In his episode, he played Devin Banks just like how he played it the past time that he was nominated. Since he hasn’t won for this role before, I don’t think the tide will change now. Matt Damon, on the other hand, gets his overdue nomination as the pilot Carol for the same show. He gets to play the crazy and over the top character in his submitted episode, and while I highly enjoyed his performance, he’s not the center of this episode. There seems to be lots of residual Luther love for Idris Elba making him multiple Emmy nominee this year. His guest spot on The Big C works well when you judge a season-long performance and not by single episodes. Frankly, I think you can substitute any actor in his role and it wouldn’t change anything. Zach Galifianakis gets to play Annie, himself, and a Titanic survivor in his episode. He was really funny but there seems to be something lacking that will make you prioritize him from this cluster. I think Emmy voters will feel the same way. Nathan Lane gets to play the over the top Pepper Saltzman in Modern Family. In his submission, he played the gay stereotype very well and seeing that he is a respected actor and the love for Modern Family, he’s the closest you can get as a spoiler. Finally, Justin Timberlake gets the Betty White treatment from SNL by giving him their best episode for the season. Timberlake appeared in almost every sketch and commands his episode in the same way that he won this award two years ago. And with that, I expect a repeat from him.

Tape rankings:
1. Timberlake
2. Lane
3. Damon
4. Galifianakis
5. Arnett
6. Elba

Final predictions:

1. Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Saturday Night Live)

2. Nathan Lane, “Modern Family” (Boys Night)

3. Zach Galifianakis, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Zach Galifianakis)

4. Will Arnett, “30 Rock” (Plan B)

5. Matt Damon, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)

6. Idris Elba, “The Big C” (Wild Iris)

Your thoughts? 🙂




Posted August 6, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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7 responses to “ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 2011

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  1. Hi there brod. My choice will be Nathan Lane. Superb performance. 🙂

  2. nathan lane is this performance was great. Love the one liner near the end. ‘wow, how rich are you?!’. That line can’t be beaten. Loved it.

  3. being gay didn’t stop him playing a great stereotyped gay. I agree the line at the end was great. ‘Wow! How rich are you?!’. Oh and nathan looked gorgeous too.

  4. I hope Justin Timberlake will not win although he deserves it naman if ever pero ayoko lang ma stroke na naman ego ang maniwala talaga syang may future sya sa acting haha

  5. Uy magaling naman siya sa Social Network ah! Hahaha! Feeling ko mas cacareerin na niya ang acting kesa sa singing. Mukhang double wins na naman siya this year.

  6. Yeah OK naman sya sa Social Network (pero hindi Oscar worthy kaya naiinis ako sa hype sa kanya na may fighting chance sya haha) ewan ko I find him trying hard sa acting. OK sya sa SNL kasi the material suits him pero other than that, nah!

  7. Yup I don’t think he’s Oscar worthy in TSN. While he is good, he’s the weakest among he men in the cast. He is still hit and miss for me. Mukhang okay siya sa Friends with Benefits. Miss naman siya sa Bad Teacher. I’m suprised he still doesn’t have a 30 Rock guest spot.

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