*Nominee pictures were taken from their submitted episodes.
The nominees are:
• Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (Good Cop, Bad Dog)
• Chris Colfer, “Glee” (Grilled Cheesus)
• Jon C ryer, “Two and a Half Men” (The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel)
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (Halloween)
• Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family” (The Kiss)
• Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (Mother’s Day)
This is probably the hardest among the comedy acting categories to predict. There’s literally any case for each of the nominees to win this one. But before that, let’s all commemorate the lack of justice given to Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother and Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation. Both would have been competitive for the win and were criminally snubbed. I would have traded Colfer and Cryer for them, and we’d probably have the best batch of nominees in this category in a decade.
Ty Burrell submits his best work finally with Good Cop, Bad Dog and I consider him very competitive for the win. He gets to play the strict Dad for this time and with Phil Dunphy, that just screams for laughs. This is a good storyline in paper that translated well enough to the screen. Burrell combines physical comedy with delivery scene after scene after scene. Chris Colfer is the star of Glee in its sophomore season. In his tape,we get to see him battle his issues with religion when his Dad suffered a stroke. This will certainly play well with voters who are looking for something else. He also gets to sing a Beatles song in the middle of the episode. However, most of his scenes featured constipated close-ups of him trying his best to produce some tears. Jon Cryer ended up with having the last laugh when everyone predicted he’ll get the shaft this year. I actually feel people are underestimating his chances before the nomination. He’s a past winner who gets his fifth consecutive nomination, and he gets to deal with the Charlie Sheen brou-ha-ha. There goes your Emmy nom, Mr. Cryer. Sadly, his episode (where in he pretended to be Charlie) was so contrived and unfunny, but that didn’t stop him from winning two years ago. ANother underestimated nominee is Jesse Tyler Ferguson. He managed to stood out this season and proved that his surprise nom last year isn’t a fluke. He probably has the funniest storyline among all the nominees this year, and while I think he submitted his best performance, he gets overshadowed by the ensemble nature of the episode. Ed O’Neill finally gets his overdue Emmy nomination this year. All the sudden love can propel him to a win this year. It wouldn’t hurt that he submitted a very funny and touching episode with The Kiss. He’s slapping chickens while screaming for God’s sake. If that’s not funny, then I don’t know what is. Lastly, Eric Stonestreet doesn’t have a Fizbo type of episode this year. But, he was able to submit his best work in Mothers Day, where he wants to prove that he isn’t the woman in his relationship with Mitchell.
The tricky thing with this category is that the tapes aren’t edited down and that there are four Modern Family actors who have four tapes competing. This is the first time in the history of this category that there are four actors competing from the same show. The last time that happened was in the Miniseries category in 2004 when Angels in America actors battled with one another. Before that, it was in the Drama category in 2002 with The West Wing Guys. Both of the winners eventually ended up from the shows mentioned above. Thus, I expect a Modern Family guy will take it. Burrell has the critics and the season-long performance behind him (the fact that he was a front runne rlast year wouldn’t hurt as well), O’Neill has the tape and the sentiment, and Stonestreet can easily repeat since his is the type of role that wins multiple Emmys (think of Garrett and Piven). With that, I’m giving the advantage to Ty Burrell.
1. Ty Burrell
2. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
3. Ed O’Neill
4. Chris Colfer
5. Eric Stonestreet
6. Jon Cryer
1. Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (Good Cop, Bad Dog)
2. Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family” (The Kiss)
3. Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (Mother’s Day)
4. Chris Colfer, “Glee” (Grilled Cheesus)
5. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (Halloween)
6. Jon C ryer, “Two and a Half Men” (The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel)