Emmy Predictions: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein Could Be the First Back-to-Back Winner Since Jeremy Piven in 2007

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UPDATED: June 25, 2022



Supporting actor (comedy) has a gargantuan 298 submissions, which will yield only eight nominees.

Brett Goldstein’s Roy Kent has quickly become the heart of the series, especially in his shared scenes with Juno Temple. After winning the Emmy last year for the inaugural season of the Apple TV+ show, he could join the likes of Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and David Hyde Pierce (“Frasier”) as consecutive winners in this category. He would also be the first consecutive winner of the category since Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) in 2007. He also has multiple co-stars vying for attention – notably Nick Mohammad, who is the most likely to come alongside Goldstein. However, last year Brendan Hunt and Jeremy Swift both made the cut, and Phil Dunster is also in the mix.

It’s unknown if voters will be doubling, tripling or quadrupling down on actors from the same series such as “Saturday Night Live,” “Ted Lasso” or even “Hacks,” which has two shots with last year’s nominee Carl Clemons-Hopkins who became the first non-binary actor to be nominated in the category for their performance. There’s also a strong shot for Emmy winner Paul W. Downs, who took home a statue last year for writing the pilot episode “There Is No Line.” As Jimmy, he had more standout moments this season that could bring him to the lineup.

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As the buzz and love continue to build for ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” so do the chances for the supporting men including Chris Perfetti and Tyler James Williams.

One of the best Emmy moments in its history was seeing veteran actor Henry Winkler walk up to the stage and accept his long-overdue prize for his performance as Gene Cousineau in the first season of HBO’s “Barry.” In its third season, the show gives Winkler more to explore with his character, who is fully capable of murder and is as entertaining as ever

Who can make you smile easier than Noho Hank, played by Anthony Carrigan on HBO’s dark comedy? The acting sensation, who nabbed his first Emmy nom for the second season, has returned with more developments and bigger chuckles to engage the viewer.

One of the great character actors working today, Stephen Root surprised many pundits on Emmy nomination morning in 2019 when he snagged his first nom for his work as Monroe Fuches on the HBO hitman series. With the show getting glowing reviews again, he could receive another mention, alongside his co-stars, as long as the buzz sustains.

Four Emmy statues sit on Tony Shalhoub’s mantel, one of which is for his role as Abe Weissman in Amazon Prime Video’s beloved period comedy. While his co-star Luke Kirby took a more active part this year and will be competing as supporting actor for the first time, Shalhoub is an establishment selection that the Television Academy can quickly check off.

Coming off his voice work in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” Ben Schwartz’s Yasper offered some of the biggest laughs of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s whodunit series “The Afterparty.” Specifically, his singing and dancing musical episode, arguably the highlight of the entire season, features an original song and showcases all his best acting moments. It’d be criminal to ignore.

The (current) other half of Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson, bid farewell to “Saturday Night Live” in its 47th season, giving a heartfelt goodbye during the final Weekend Update segment of the season. But, coming up short last year, while two of his co-stars made the Emmy lineup, could he get a send-off Emmy nomination after his tenure on the Lorne Michaels stapled series? He’ll have plenty of internal competition, including another departed cast member Kyle Mooney.

The longest-tenured member in “SNL” history, Kenan Thompson, continues to be a driving force behind the NBC sketch series. Coming off a double nom last year, along with his sitcom “Kenan,” he’s back for another attempt at the Emmy statuette. Already an Emmy winner in 2018 for penning the original song “Come Back, Barack,” his acting work has yet to be recognized.

Bowen Yang, the first Chinese American on “SNL” made history last year, becoming the first featured player ever to receive an Emmy nomination. His loss may have been caused by vote-splitting with his co-star, but now, he could finally break the glass ceiling for AAPI performers in this category with another standout season.

A two-time Emmy nominee – guest actor in a drama series for “This Is Us” and for his beloved ‘Paper Boi’ Miles in the FX series “Atlanta” – Brian Tyree Henry is back again for the fourth and penultimate season. It’s still unclear how the long hiatus for the comedy show will affect Emmy’s chances, but he remains heavy in the discussion for another chance with the TV Academy.

This is not the complete list of submitted contenders. Additions are added (and updated) every Thursday.

Read moreVariety’s Awards Circuit Emmys Predictions Hub

The nomination round of voting runs from June 16 to June 27. The official nominations for the 74th Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday, July 12.

The complete television awards season calendar is linked here.

2021 category winner: Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+)


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1 Brett Goldstein “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
2 Henry Winkler “Barry” HBO
3 Tony Shalhoub “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
4 Kenan Thompson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
5 Anthony Carrigan “Barry” HBO
6 Nick Mohammed “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
7 Paul W. Downs “Hacks” HBO
8 Stephen Root “Barry” HBO
9 Bowen Yang “Saturday Night Live” NBC
10 Brian Tyree Henry “Atlanta” FX
11 Luke Kirby “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
12 Ben Schwartz “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
13 Pete Davidson “Saturday Night Live” NBC
14 David Hyde Pierce “Julia” HBO
15 Brendan Hunt “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
16 Jeremy Swift “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
17 Carl Clemons-Hopkins “Hacks” HBO
18 Chris Perfetti “Abbott Elementary” ABC
19 Taika Waititi “Our Flag Means Death” HBO
20 Phil Dunster “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
21 Michael Zegen “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Amazon Prime Video
22 Tyler James Williams “Abbott Elementary” ABC
23 Laurence Fishburne “Black-ish” ABC
24 Kyle Mooney “Saturday Night Live” NBC
25 Harvey Guillen “What We Do in the Shadows” FX
26 Dave Franco “The Afterparty” Apple TV+
27 Lakeith Stanfield “Atlanta” FX
28 John Goodman “The Righteous Gemstones” HBO
29 Brandon Scott Jones “Ghosts” CBS
30 Vincent D’Onofrio “Hawkeye” Disney+
Aaron Jennings “Grand Crew” NBC
Aaron Tveit “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Adam Devine “The Righteous Gemstones” HBO
Adam Godley “The Great” HBO
Adeel Akhtar “Back to Life” Showtime
Adrian Blake Enscoe “Dickinson” Apple TV+
Adrian Groulx “Young Rock” NBC
Alan Cumming “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Alex Moffat “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Ali Hassan “Sort Of” HBO
Ames McNamara “The Conners” ABC
Andre Braugher “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” NBC
Andrew Dismukes “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Andrew Rannells “Black Monday” Showtime
Andrew Rannells “Girls5eva” Peacock
Andrew Santino “Dave” FX
Andrew Santino “Dave” FX
Anthony Taufa “Wolf Like Me” Peacock
Anthony Turpel “Love, Victor” Hulu
Anthony Turpel “Love, Victor” Hulu
Aristotle Athari “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Armand Fields “Work in Progress” Showtime
Arturo Castro “Mr. Corman” Apple TV+
Asher Grodman “Ghosts” CBS
Barry Shabaka Henley “Bob Hearts Abishola” CBS
Bayo Gbadamosi “The Great” Hulu
BD Wong “Nora from Queens” Comedy Central
BD Wong “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens” Comedy Central
Becca Blackwell “Sort Of” HBO
Belmont Cameli “Saved by the Bell” Peacock
Ben Schwartz “Space Force” Netflix
Ben Vereen “B Positive” NBC
Benito Martinez “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Benjamin Earl Turner “Blindspotting” Starz
Benjamin Earl Turner “Blindspotting” Starz
Billy Magnussen “Made for Love” HBO
Blake Anderson “Woke” Hulu
Bob Balaban “The Chair” Netflix
Bobby Moynihan “Mr. Mayor” NBC
Bradley Constant “Young Rock” NBC
Brandon Bell “Dear White People” Netflix
Brett Azar “Young Rock” NBC
Bruno Gouery “Emily in Paris” Netflix
Carl Tart “Grand Crew” NBC
Case Walker “The Other Two” HBO
Cecil Blutcher “The Game” Paramount+
Cedric Yarbrough “Reno 911!” The Roku Channel
Charlie Barnett “Russian Doll” Netflix
Charlie Day “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” FX
Chinaza Uche “Dickinson” Apple TV+
Chord Overstreet “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Chris Redd “Kenan” NBC
Chris Redd “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Christopher Lowell “How I Met Your Father” Hulu
Chukwudi Iwuji “Peacemaker” HBO
Colin Jost “Saturday Night Live” NBC
Corey Reynolds “Resident Alien” Syfy
Cristo Fernández “Ted Lasso” Apple TV+
D.B. Sweeney “B Positive” NBC
D.L. Hughley “Johnson” BounceTV
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai “Reservation Dogs” FX
Dallas Dupree Young “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Damián Alcázar “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Daniel Breaker “Girls5eva” Peacock
Danny DeVito “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” FX
Darren Barnet “Never Have I Ever” Netflix
Darren Boyd “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
David Eigenberg “And Just Like That…” HBO
Davionte Ganter “Dave” FX
Dean Norris “United States of Al” CBS
Deji LaRay “Johnson” BounceTV
Deniz Akdeniz “The Flight Attendant” HBO
Deon Cole “black-ish” ABC
Derrex Brady “Johnson” BounceTV
Desmond Chiam “With Love” Amazon Prime Video
Devan Chandler Long “Ghosts” CBS
Dexter Darden “Saved by the Bell” Peacock
Diallo Riddle “South Side” HBO
Dirk Blocker “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” NBC
Domonique Brown “Atypical” Netflix
Don Johnson “Kenan” NBC
Douglas Hodge “The Great” Hulu
Dule Hill “The Wonder Years” ABC
Dwayne Johnson “Young Rock” NBC
Dylan Gage “Shining Vale” Starz
Echo Kellum “Grand Crew” NBC
Enrique Arrizon “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Eric Roberts “The Righteous Gemstones” HBO
Eugene Cordero “Tacoma FD” truTV
Eugenio Derbez “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Evan Handler “And Just Like That…” HBO
Fernando Carsa “Acapulco” Apple TV+
Fra Free “Hawkeye” Disney+
Fran Kranz “Julia” HBO
Fred Armisen “Our Flag Means Death” HBO
Fred Armisen “Schmigadoon!” Apple TV+
Fred Melamed “Barry” HBO
Freddie Gibbs “Bust Down” Peacock
Freddie Stroma “Peacemaker” HBO
Freddie Stroma “Peacemaker” HBO
Funnybone “Reservation Dogs” FX
Gabriel Hogan “Tacoma FD” truTV
Gamba Cole “The Outlaws” Amazon Prime Video
George Sear “Love, Victor” Hulu
Gianni Decenzo “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Glenn Howerton “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” FX
Gray Powell “Sort Of” HBO
Grey Henson “Girls5eva” Peacock
Griffin Matthews “The Flight Attendant” HBO
Griffin Santopietro “Cobra Kai” Netflix
Gwilym Lee “The Great” Hulu
Hassan Johnson “Flatbush Misdemeanors” Showtime
Horatio Sanz “Black Monday” Showtime
Humphrey Ker “American Auto” NBC
Ike Barinholtz “The Afterparty” Apple TV+<