2016 Nomination Predictions
Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Aziz Ansari "Master of None"
Don Cheadle "House of Lies"
Jeffrey Tambor "Transparent"
Will Forte "The Last Man on Earth"
William H. Macy "Shameless"
Other Contenders - Gael Garcia Bernal "Mozart in the Jungle", Fred Armisen "Portlandia", Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory", Thomas Middleditch "Silicon Valley", Tommy Dewey "Casual", Zach Galifianakis "Baskets", Randall Park "Fresh Off the Boat", Andy Samberg "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", Chris Geere "You're the Worst", Patrick Stewart "Blunt Talk", Rob Delaney "Catastrophe", Rob Lowe "The Grinder", Fred Savage "The Grinder", John Stamos "Grandfathered", Bruce Campbell "Ash vs. The Evil Dead", Bill Hader "Documentary Now", Jerrod Carmichael "The Carmichael Show", Ian McKellen "Vicious", Derek Jacobi "Vicious", Paul Rust "Love", James Brolin "Life in Pieces", Josh Thomas "Please Like Me", Ashton Kutcher "The Ranch"
Commentary - Tambor will probably win back to back, after being denied for so long, but Anderson is right there, and if black-ish does as well as it should come Thursday, he might surprise. William H. Macy, Will Forte, and Don Cheadle are all well-liked previously nominated veterans, but Shameless is not on their radar, Last Man on Earth was all about the Pilot last year, and House of Lies is ending. But I don't bet against proven track records. That still leaves one slot as Matt LeBlanc is out. Gael Garcia Bernal won the Globe, but voters ignored this show last year, will they suddenly fall in love? Remember Gina Rodriguez, and countless others who won the Globe and missed a nod here. Jim Parsons could come back after shockingly being left off, Thomas Middleditch could ride a great Season 3 of Silicon Valley, and Tommy Dewey is great in Casual. I am going with Aziz Ansari. Master of None is brilliant, he is great in it, and even if the show gets left off, I think there is enough good will for this now two-series veteran that he can make the cut. There is Zach Galifianakis for the strange Baskets, Randall Park who doesn't get enough credit, Emmy favorite Fred Armisen, and two guys who have been robbed in recent years: Andy Samberg and Chris Geere. Honestly, beyond these folks, I would be surprised if anyone else gets in. That being said, I hope Emmy voters notice Josh Thomas on their ballots, and Please Like Me in general, and give it a look.