To fully understand who is to be nominated at the Emmys, you have to look back at previous years at what the Emmy voters like. Also, you need to look at the Emmy pedigree of each actor and see how popular they are at the Academy. Let’s start by looking at the comedy categories, and who was nominated last year, comparing the contenders.
Best Actor: Last Year’s Nominees: WINNER: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Louis C.K. (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Ricky Gervais (Derek), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), William H. Macy (Shameless). This Year’s Predicted Nominees: PREDICTED WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent); Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), William H. Macy (Shameless), Louis C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Billy Crystal (Episodes). CHANGES: Tambor replacing Gervais (Contender is Movie/Mini-Series Actor Category), and Crystal replacing Cheadle (Contender that could still be nominated).
Overall Nominations Each (for Current Show): Jeffrey Tambor- First Season in Emmy Contention, 1 Golden Globe Nomination, 1 Win, 0 SAG Nominations. Jim Parsons- 6 Emmy Nominations, 4 Wins, 3 Golden Globe Nominations, 1 Win, 3 SAG Nominations. William H. Macy- 1 Emmy Nomination, 1 Golden Globe Nomination, 1 SAG Nomination, 1 Win. Louis C.K.- 4 Emmy Nominations, 0 Wins, 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 2 SAG Nominations. Matt LeBlanc- 2 Emmy Nominations, 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 1 Win, 0 SAG Nominations. Billy Crystal- First Season in Emmy/Golden Globe/SAG Contention.
Still in Contention: Don Cheadle (House of Lies)- 3 Noms, Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth)- 0 Noms, Anthony Anderson (Blackish)- 0 Noms, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley)- 0 Noms and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)- 0 Noms.