Lead and Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Critics' Picks

Jim Parsons and Andre Braugher have a good shot.

by | August 20, 2014 | Comments

Andre Braugher is a clear favorite among critics to take the Emmy this year for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. But can anyone beat Jim Parsons? Fourteen of Rotten Tomatoes esteemed critics weigh in with their Emmy predictions for the comedy nominees this year.

William H. Macy is so amazing on that show and he had a particularly good season. I think he should win and there’s the possibility that he will win. Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
Parsons is good, the show’s growing in popularity, and they’ve given it to him three times, so why not do it again? Personally, I would love to see someone like William H. Macy win it.
Lori Rackl, Chicago Sun-Times
He just wins all the time, so I’m just used to him winning. He’s really funny, but that seems to be the thing that everybody does now — vote for Jim Parsons.Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
Jim Parsons is really funny. He’s won before and I think he’s going to win again because I don’t think there’s a clear-cut person in the category.Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
I think Louis C.K. is going to get this one. It’s got a decent shot at overall series, but I don’t think it will make the cut. So I think they’ll reward Louis C.K. for that show as an actor this year. His biggest competition is Jim Parsons, and he’s won a bunch. And frankly, I just don’t want him to win anymore, so let’s hope for Louis C.K.Ben Travers, IndieWire
It might go to Macy. None of these are super, super strong and/or breakout enough, but Macy’s great. Drew Grant, New York Observer
I think Jim Parsons is going to win by default.Todd VanDerWerff, Vox Media
I would pick Louis C.K. because I think he does a great job and his role is more unique than all these other ones, but I think Jim’s going to be hard to beat.Eric Deggans, NPR
Louis C.K. because he does so much for that show — he writes, he directs, he performs. You can feel the passion for what he does.Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste Magazine
My personal pick would be Louie, just because no one is doing anything else like that on TV. But I think, purely by default, it’s going to be Parsons again, sadly.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Even though he’s writing it and producing it, he’s the one who’s got to deliver it and make us care. He should be honored for his writing as well as the way he delivers those lines week in and week out. Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know
They may feel that the beloved Ricky Gervais’s prickly humanism is a preferable and natural alternative to Parsons’s toothless amiability.Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
He keeps winning and I don’t know if any of the others are strong enough to beat him.Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times

More Emmy Predictions:

Andre Braugher is a clear favorite among critics to take the Emmy this year for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. But can anyone beat Jim Parsons? Thirteen of Rotten Tomatoes esteemed critics weigh in with their Emmy predictions for the comedy nominees this year.

Andre Braugher, possibly the most acclaimed nominee, [could] squeak his way to what will be described on Tuesday morning by everyone who never saw Homicide and Thief as a surprise victory.Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Andre Braugher. 100 percent. They love Braugher. They’ve nominated him multiple times in the past, he’s a great actor, they love when people switch genres… so the fact that someone they’ve awarded in the past for drama is now in comedy is really enticing.Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
Emmy loves Andre Braugher. He gets nominated when no one else from his series gets nominated. But just to be an iconoclast, I’m going to pick Fred Armisen. Eric Deggans, NPR
He’s doing something different in this show, which is a fave with people. David Hinckley, New York Daily News
He’s so funny in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and it’s great to see him in a sitcom environment. I never thought he could be funny after seeing him in Homicide and he’s hysterical.Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
I’d love to see Tony Hale win. I know he won last year, and they put on a skit that, honestly, couldn’t be topped. But if Andre Braugher wins for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I’m not going to be too upset. I think he’s the safe bet.Ben Travers, IndieWire
It would be cool that Andre Braugher would have an Emmy for drama acting, miniseries acting, and comedy acting as he’s just so great on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. But the safe money’s on Hale.Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
It’s probably going to go to Andre Braugher, but I’d go with Adam Driver. I’m a huge Girls fan.Drew Grant, New York Observer
People are just loving that show more and more and he’s been so good on it.Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times
The Emmys love Andre Braugher and he’s really redefined his image with this role. You couldn’t imagine him doing the laugh-out-loud stuff he does here, but he does it with aplomb. Todd VanDerWerff, Vox Media
His character is just so funny. Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste Magazine
This one deservedly should go to Tony Hale, a repeat for him, for Veep. He’s so fantastic as Selina’s sycophantic personal aid in that show.Lori Rackl, Chicago Sun-Times
What he’s able to do with his very dry humor, the looks, the faces — he’s a scene-stealer. You’re always aware when he’s there, and you’re laughing at his self-deprecation because he’s so aware that he’s such a mess.Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know

More Emmy Predictions:

Tag Cloud

WarnerMedia doctor who zombies Mystery singing competition Nat Geo sitcom Black Mirror YouTube Watching Series Starz TCA dc unscripted Ghostbusters Freeform christmas movies game of thrones Women's History Month Elton John Hulu VH1 ratings Brie Larson OneApp See It Skip It vampires Netflix Peacock psychological thriller miniseries directors 2019 The Arrangement San Diego Comic-Con Esquire Toys USA 2020 Comic Book joker sag awards social media Disney streaming service comiccon historical drama Comedy Year in Review IFC Films VICE blaxploitation Mudbound halloween Cosplay reboot CBS All Access spain Marvel Tarantino Spring TV Awards Tour Amazon Prime Video Spike witnail Fox News WGN E3 Animation canceled TV shows Pride Month anime Hallmark Christmas movies Super Bowl Quiz Disney toy story crime thriller Disney Plus 45 Sony Pictures Apple TV Plus cartoon true crime Superheroe south america golden globes DirecTV talk show DGA docudrama Turner Classic Movies Disney Channel free movies Chernobyl Warner Bros. TCA 2017 Dark Horse Comics Extras nature Election BBC America Adult Swim movie Western Amazon MCU ABC Family crime drama Cannes CBS Baby Yoda movies boxoffice medical drama Rocky Mary Tyler Moore elevated horror series what to watch anthology cancelled television screenings Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pet Sematary 007 stand-up comedy strong female leads Song of Ice and Fire Lionsgate Academy Awards TV renewals E! zombie OWN technology Emmy Nominations Paramount Network disaster batman name the review Sundance PaleyFest Shondaland Grammys sequel Horror NYCC TruTV Sci-Fi 2015 71st Emmy Awards ghosts independent 2016 Nominations Marvel Television adaptation Thanksgiving Marathons Star Trek Amazon Prime Showtime Comics on TV theme song Mindy Kaling TCM Premiere Dates Paramount versus ESPN werewolf First Look Bravo breaking bad blockbuster ABC Teen canceled jamie lee curtis President DC Comics PBS political drama binge teaser Arrowverse Tubi Binge Guide Pop YA Mary Poppins Returns USA Network Sundance TV indie Netflix Christmas movies Syfy Video Games The Walking Dead Emmys Reality AMC Hallmark Marvel Studios Biopics psycho Country 2018 politics Pirates BBC space LGBT FXX Discovery Channel cults zero dark thirty Nickelodeon 20th Century Fox IFC MSNBC Superheroes TV Cartoon Network FOX TV Land animated Tomatazos Apple TIFF adventure Valentine's Day natural history YouTube Red The Purge kids Drama Reality Competition Vudu BET facebook Martial Arts American Society of Cinematographers Lucasfilm Creative Arts Emmys dogs supernatural CNN Kids & Family A24 Comedy Central Opinion travel DC Universe spinoff GLAAD Universal Infographic dramedy screen actors guild children's TV Sundance Now transformers Action RT21 TBS police drama ITV HBO hispanic Logo Masterpiece Ellie Kemper 24 frames Summer streaming tv talk robots Television Academy dragons spanish language diversity Avengers Rocketman Winter TV mutant Family Tumblr TLC spy thriller Character Guide Set visit Awards Rom-Com thriller Captain marvel period drama Crackle Ovation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt SXSW book cinemax romance cops slashers based on movie casting Classic Film war Best and Worst justice league rotten movies we love FX hist CMT festivals cars Trivia crossover First Reviews revenge Photos Musical History Certified Fresh Apple TV+ cancelled TV series El Rey video game show Christmas RT History TCA Winter 2020 television crime latino finale HBO Max Schedule DC streaming service The CW X-Men Interview APB cats Writers Guild of America Fantasy 21st Century Fox romantic comedy Countdown A&E Fall TV documentary Trailer Epix serial killer YouTube Premium New York Comic Con composers richard e. Grant CW Seed SDCC Red Carpet foreign comic Musicals Food Network GoT Holidays comics spider-man SundanceTV National Geographic MTV biography Music Film Festival renewed TV shows Pixar green book LGBTQ TNT Lifetime Christmas movies Polls and Games cancelled Disney+ Disney Plus Anna Paquin Walt Disney Pictures Mary poppins Calendar Oscars Sneak Peek sports GIFs NBC Crunchyroll The Witch 2017 Turner quibi award winner Heroines aliens Podcast Endgame Holiday Trophy Talk mockumentary discovery Lifetime cancelled TV shows Film Shudder Winners Stephen King Rock cooking harry potter science fiction Box Office Star Wars dceu Britbox Acorn TV Columbia Pictures Spectrum Originals Amazon Studios