The Golden Globes are a different beast than the Emmys. For one thing, the Hollywood Foreign Press has different tastes than Emmy voters when it comes to comedy. After all, Smash received a best comedy series nomination (yes, really!). Plus, the Golden Globes are more apt to recognize quirky shows (see Pushing Daisies *sniff sniff*).
Here’s a look at which actors are in the running for Best Actor Comedy:
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
His Netflix show made a splash, especially with his commentary on diversity. The Hollywood Foreign Press could take notice.
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
He’s fresh off an Emmy nomination, but he didn’t get in last year for this role. Could Season Two be his year?
Louis C.K., Louie
Louie C.K. has been nominated in this category before, but never won. He could get in again this year.
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
He’s gotten in for the last two years and could get in again this year.
Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth
This show was one of the surprise hits of last season. Forte should get in for this role.
Rob Lowe, The Grinder
While the show isn’t a huge ratings and critical hit, Lowe is a beloved TV actor on a new show. He could be a surprise nomination. Plus, he would be a welcome asset to the Globes’ red carpet.
William H. Macy, Shameless
He usually gets nominated for an Emmy for this role, but it’s iffy when it comes to the Golden Globes.
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
The Hollywood Foreign Press loved season one of Silicon Valley. If that love extends to Season Two, expect Middleditch to get a nom. Although none of the actors managed to crack the Emmy circle, which still remains troubling for the series.
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory has been fading when it comes to award nominations, but Jim Parsons could still nab a nomination (especially for Sheldon and Amy’s breakup this past year)