2015 Nomination Predictions
Steve Buscemi "Portlandia"
Louis C.K. "Saturday Night Live"
Bill Hader "Saturday Night Live"
Jon Hamm "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Nathan Lane "Modern Family"
Bradley Whitford "Transparent"
Other Contenders - Mel Brooks "The Comedians", Billy Bob Thornton "The Big Bang Theory", Michael Rapaport "Louie", Dick Van Dyke "The Middle", Josh Charles "Inside Amy Schumer", Stephen Colbert "The Mindy Project", Steven Weber "The Comedians", Rob Reiner "New Girl", Rob Reiner "The Comedians", Paul Giamatti "Inside Amy Schumer", Chris Rock "Saturday Night Live", Jim Carrey "Saturday Night Live", Dwayne Johnson "Saturday Night Live", Kevin Hart "Saturday Night Live", J.K. Simmons "Saturday Night Live", Woody Harrelson "Saturday Night Live" Chris Hemsworth "Saturday Night Live", Fred Willard "Modern Family", Paul Rudd "Parks and Recreation", Seth Rogen "The Comeback", Hugh Bonneville "Galavant", Ricky Gervais "Galavant", Zachary Quinto "Girls", Jason Ritter "Girls", Dean Norris "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Richard Kind "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", Ed Asner "Mom", Chris Colfer "Hot in Cleveland", Jake Lacy "Girls", Bill Murray "Alpha House"
Commentary - Once again, curve balls are expected, but I see about twelve to fourteen guys that seen like the safest bets. Saturday Night Live usually gets at least two in, and previous nominees Louis C.K. and Bill Hader seem like safe bets. Although for my money I would have picked Hader, then either Martin Freeman or Michael Keaton, but neither of them were submitted. Jon Hamm could get two nominations this year, for the final season of Mad Men, and for his scene-stealing performance in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and honestly, probably has a better shot winning here than in the other category. Nathan Lane has gotten several nominations for Modern Family, and has another great episode this season. I would honestly be surprised if he missed out this time around. I also expect Bradley Whitford, a beloved Emmy veteran, who has a knockout role in Transparent, to join the ranks. Plus, he already has a CCTA to back him up. Beyond these five, there are a lot of possibilities. Mel Brooks is a legend, but he only has a few scenes in The Comedians. Rob Reiner is another legend, and his role in New Girl is certainly worthy, if voters are still paying attention to that show. Finally, Dick Van Dyke has a great part in The Middle this season, but once again, voters have to be paying attention to that show. Josh Charles and Paul Giamatti had worthy parts in Inside Amy Schumer, a show that is quickly on the rise. Steven Weber, like Bradley Whitford, plays a transgender individual very well. Stephen Colbert steals the show in his part of this season's The Mindy Project. I personally found him annoying as hell, but Michael Rapaport certainly made an impact in Louie, and finally, Billy Bob Thornton proved his comedic chops on The Big Bang Theory. But for my final slot, I am going with a nominee last year, on yet another show that is starting to catch on with voters. Of course, I am talking about Steve Buscemi on Portlandia. He is a great actor, with a great role, and is a well-liked veteran among actors. As always, we'll have to wait and see...