The TV Czar's Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
For some crazy reason, the Academy refuses to give me an Emmy ballot. Seems preposterous to me, but I suppose I have to accept their decision. Since they won't let me have my say, I've decided to submit my personal Emmy ballots via Technorati. The series will cover my ballots for the major Emmy awards leading up to the actual nominations on July 19.
Alec Baldwin- In what was possibly 30 Rock’s finest season, Alec Baldwin showed a more diverse portfolio to Jack Donaghy than one that we had ever seen before. His warmth and vulnerability with his daughter was a stark contrast from what we normally see from Jack Donaghy. In addition to his normal outstanding comedic work, it was these more heartfelt moments that set his performance apart this year.
Louis CK- It’s certainly debatable whether Louie is actually a comedy or not. That being said, it can’t be denied that it’s absolutely brilliant. I know he’s playing a fictionalized version of himself, but the performance is still strong. Louis CK may never be a great actor in the traditional sense, but using his own words on his series, he’s fantastic.
Larry David- While some people were disappointed by the overall season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, there is no debating that this season featured some iconic episodes. The argument against David is the same on against Louis CK: He is only playing himself. While there is certainly a lot of truth to that idea, it shouldn’t diminish David’s performance. It’s difficult to mix playing tragically self-centered and humorously self-deprecating. David manages to pull it off with aplomb. Here’s hoping that Larry calls HBO and tells them he wants to do some more.
Don Cheadle- I was instantly drawn to House of Lies because of Cheadle’s presence. It’s not every day a movie star decides to slum it on cable TV. While the show itself had its warts, Cheadle’s performance was everything you could hope for. He was hilarious while managing to portray a man with serious demons that we are just truly getting to know as the first season ended. His particular brand of high-level self-destruction was similar to some other Showtime anti-heroes, but it was done on a higher level than the network has ever done in a 30 minute series.Continued on the next page